I was introduced to Stanley Kubrick when I was about 13 years old. Rightly or wrongly my dad liked to treat me sometimes by letting me sit in the living room with him and mum to watch a movie. We had a small collection of VHS films that over the following decade would become absolutely massive, as my mum in particular was always trying to cultivate me and my brothers interests.
My dad, ‘fraidy cat that he is, had zero interest in horror, but we would devour crime films pretty ferociously as well as the occasional war and blockbuster title. My mum was the go to for both Horror and rom-coms. Of the couple of war films we owned I can remember two fairly vividly; Hamburger Hill, simple, violent and exploitative, and then there was Full metal Jacket.
We had an ex-rental copy in an oversized Warner Home Video case that we’d purchased alongside an equally well worn copy of of Rocky IV and a compilation of episodes of The Real Ghostbusters. It’s cover image of the ‘Nam soldiers helmet with ‘Born to Kill’ emblazoned across it, as well as the peace button, went waaay over my head at the time. As kid I also saw Full Metal Jacket as a comedy first. R. Lee Ermey’s brutalisation of the new troops was vulgar and hilarious and I ALWAYS lost interest at the halfway point.
It’s very hard to pick a favourite Stanley Kubrick film.
For me it changes year to year. One of the many contributing factors of his enduring greatness is that so many of his movies are so flat out enjoyable as popcorn entertainment. As a first time viewer, even in my early teens I was able to enjoy several of his films at a basic level; Full Metal Jacket for its hilarious improv comedy in the first half and tense action in the second, The Shining for it’s primal domestic terrors, and 2001: A Space Odyssey for its grand scale, optimism and incredible effects.
At the moment, Kubrick’s final film Eyes Wide Shut comes first to mind. When I first saw it In my late teens it was basically legitimised sort-core porn. Now, every time I see it I have a different take on it’s odyssey like plot. It’s basically a pretty disturbing psychological horror film .about the dangers of infidelity, and strangely it has a really happy ending.
My first was The Shining when I was about 12. It didn’t scare me at all. I don’t think I was desensitised, it’s just that it’s more of a thriller and kids don’t really get psychological horror. My favourite is 2001: A Space Odyssey because it’s epic and beautiful and I love Science Fiction.
The first I saw was The Shining on video at my aunts when I was about 13. I didn’t get it was a horror at the time. I thought it was a boring drama, although I didn’t actually get to the end, that might have freaked me out.
It changes, but MY favourite probably is either 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Shining. I will say The Shining probably takes the top position at the moment for me.
To this day I still have never seen Barry Lyndon.
Probably the same here; I saw The Shining when I was a kid, and didn’t find it particularly scary. I can’t remember, but I probably didn’t make it to the end. My favourite has to be A Clockwork Orange.
It really speaks to the greatness of Kubricks filmography that we can’t decide what his greatest film was. The only sad thing is that he wasn’t more prolific.
We’ve leant that most of the LimeTree crew are clearly hard as nails, and are unfazed by the terrors of The Shining.
To this day none of us have seen Barry Lyndon, but we will fix that soon!
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An excellent Supercut by @rishikaneria, showing one aspect of Kubrick’s immense talent. Understanding the power of colour in film.