2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

Today I had a rare opportunity to see this on the big screen once again. The local library projected it in their main theater as part of August's "1960s Blockbusters" program. My opinion of this as one of the greatest films ever made is only strengthened by each viewing. How far ahead of his time Kubrick was with cinematography and special effects. The zero-gravity scenes are just superb. The score is timeless, too.

I must admit, although I have watched this masterpiece at least half a dozen times before, I always see something I forgot or missed on previous viewings. This time it was the "Howard Johnson" sign inside the "Hilton Space Station" and the Bell Telephone mark on the screen when Dr. Floyd completes his $1.70 video call to his daughter back on Earth. Somehow, I never associated this film with product placement ... not that it bothered me at all. In fact, I found it amusing. Kubrick reasoned quite logically that space stations of the future would be ongoing commercial operations. Of course, now it's more likely the brands would be Virgin, Starbucks and Google, none of which existed back then, but again what genius at work.

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