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Stanley Kubrick (26 July 1928 – 7 March 1999) was an American film director, writer, producer, and photographer who lived in England during most of the last four decades of his career. Kubrick was noted for the scrupulous care with which he chose his subjects, his slow method of working, the variety of genres he worked in, his technical perfectionism, his reluctance to talk about his films, and his reclusiveness. He maintained almost complete artistic control, making movies according to his own whims and time constraints, but with the rare advantage of big-studio financial support for all his endeavors.

His later films often have elements of surrealism and expressionism and often lack structured linear narrative. He worked in a wide variety of genres: science-fiction, horror, period piece and war film. However, there are recurring themes in all his works — notably, man’s inhumanity to man. While often viewed as expressing an ironic pessimism, some critics feel his films contain a cautious optimism when viewed more carefully. All of Kubrick’s films from the mid-1950s onward, except The Shining, were nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, or BAFTAs. Although he was nominated for an Academy Award as a screenwriter and director on several occasions, his only personal win was for the special effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

     –   Paths of Glory (1957): The first of three films of his about the dehumanizing effects of war. Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer of French soldiers who refused to continue a suicidal attack. Dax attempts to defend them against a charge of cowardice in a court-martial. Based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb.
     –   Lolita (1962): Humbert Humbert, a 40-something British professor of French literature, falls in love with Lolita, a soda-pop drinking, gum-snapping, overly flirtatious teenager. Based on the novel of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov.
     –   Dr. Strangelove aka How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): A 1964 black comedy film which satirizes the nuclear scare. Loosely based on Peter George’s Cold War thriller novel Red Alert.
     –   2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): An epic science fiction film, dealing with a series of encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths that are apparently affecting human destiny, and a space voyage to Jupiter tracing a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the moon. Noted for being one of the most scientifically realistic and visually innovative science-fiction films ever made while also maintaining an enigmatic non-linear storyline. Partially inspired by Clarke’s short story, “The Sentinel.”
     –   A Clockwork Orange (1971): Alex, the main character, is a charismatic, psychopathic delinquent whose interests include classical music, rape, and what is termed ‘ultra-violence’. He leads a small gang of thugs (Pete, Georgie, and Dim), whom he calls his droogs; the film chronicles the horrific crime spree of his gang, his capture, and attempted rehabilitation via controversial psychological conditioning. Author Anthony Burgess was unhappy with Kubrick’s adaptation of his novel.
     –   Barry Lyndon (1975): A British-American period romantic war film which recounts the exploits of an 18th century Irish adventurer. Based on the novel, The Luck Of Barry Lyndon, by William Makepeace Thackeray.
     –   The Shining (1980): A writer, Jack Torrance, takes a job as an off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel. His young son possesses psychic abilities and is able to see things from the past and future, such as the ghosts who inhabit the hotel. Soon after settling in, the family is trapped in the hotel by a snowstorm, and Jack gradually becomes influenced by a supernatural presence; he descends into madness and attempts to murder his wife and son. Author Stephen King was unhappy with Kubrick’s adaptation of the novel.
     –   Full Metal Jacket (1987): A film that follows a platoon of U.S. Marines through their training and depicts some experiences of two of them in the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. An adaptation of the 1979 novel, The Short-Timers, by Gustav Hasford.
     –   Eyes Wide Shut (1997): A story set in and around New York City, follows the sexually-charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated an affair a year earlier. He embarks on a night-long adventure, during which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an underground cult. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926 novella Traumnovelle / Dream Story.

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Onuinu – Ice Palace Music Video (w/ Director Andrew Sloan & Choreographer Jin Camou Interview)

Everything the rainbow light touches in this music video for Onuinu’s “Ice Palace” turns to psychedelic flourish and ethereal whimsy. A lack of contrast and many a post-production effect create a piece that is half sensual and half digitized, a well-paired visual aid for Onuinu’s music, which possesses those same qualities. Director Andrew Sloan and...Read...
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