SKIts! For every legendary scene or one-liner, there's a mildly amusing one and a tired joke. The famous bits are so memorable, though....this rating is probably unfair.
A highbrow, contemporary take on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" that delves into more interesting sci-fi territory and avoids the Spielbergian kitsch of that film. That's a refreshing and welcome take, but even though the message is supposed to be uplifting (it could almost be seen as a prequel to the "Star Trek" universe of global peace in a more civilized era), the warm feelings Spielberg communicates so well are replaced with incredible tension and intense sadness. By the end, I felt I needed to decompress for awhile.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
TL;DR: "2001" is a great film, and it's worth watching even if the circumstances aren't perfect.
I've been pondering what an enormous range of experiences watching a movie is for people in 2013. From silent reverence in front of 35mm projections to an iPad and headphones while falling asleep, it's a wider spectrum than what I once experienced simply as: a) going to the cinema with friends or family, b) watching on TV enduring commercial breaks or on VHS tapes…
The best part about joining this site was retroactively giving a grade to films I've seen while combing the site's database. This was easy for me as Netflix used to have a similar social layer without half-stars that I used and I mostly clicked on the same star (give or take a 1/2). I don't know what kind of psychological profile it gives me (insane film rating completist?) but I went back pretty far in time in terms of what…