At first, I kinda liked the sexually charged scenes, which are quite hot. But consider how the film is so empty at the end.
It's hard for me not to imagine the making of 12 Years A Slave as a way for Steve McQueen to bitch-slap Steven Spielberg. If Spielberg's Lincoln was an attempt to sugarcoat the deplorable corruption at its heart, then 12 Years A Slave is the equivalent of a bath salt, shamelessly exhibiting its masochism without the slightest hint of irony. Familiar dramatic tropes pumped out, one after another, and the same statement is reiterated over and over again: If you…
Eyes Wide Shut is actually the most interesting Kubrick film (though not necessarily his best). Not grandiose, like 2001. Not stinging, like that despicable Clockwork Orange. But it slaps you hard at your D and that is exactly the kind of thing that I root for (well, you may say that is because I know it will turn off many other people, so I laugh simultaneously at the film, the characters and the easy-going audiences all at the same time).
A major influence on Jonathan Glazer's Birth, which also stars Nicole Kidman and which I ironically prefer (because it is somewhat more tricky).