2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

Technically and philosophically astonishing. Bravura storytelling that tackles the most primal questions we have: who are we? Why are we here? Yet it doesn't deign to tell us the answers: we have to work them out for ourselves.

Every shot is sublimely composed and every take considered; maybe too considered for some. The special effects are still special. Forget the reeling stars and rumbling engines — in space, no one can hear you at all — the static camera, the barely moving model, the velvet black feels like Outer Space.