Top 10 points on what I like on Stanley Kubrick

Years before Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi were my three favourite anime directors, I had admired this very famous film director since I saw his movies, went to an exhibition in Toronto, and how his work definitely made film history. (Except for ‘Lolita’ and ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ in which they were the lousiest movies ever).

Stanley Kubrick. The director of “Fear and Desire”, “Killer’s Kiss”, “The Killing”, “Paths of Glory”, “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb”, “Spartacus”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “A Clockwork Orange”, “Barry Lyndon”, “The Shining” and “Full Metal Jacket”.

Film directors such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and James Cameron were fond of him, as Spielberg was his kindest friend when Stanley Kubrick was alive. In this list, these are the top 10 points on what I like on Stanley Kubrick.

10. An Actual Genius. They say Stanley Kubrick didn’t do well in school. Both in middle school and in high school. But as he got himself into photography and filmmaking, right after college without any trouble bothering him, especially by his mom and dad, Kubrick was brilliant enough to look at how something can be outstanding, and what people will admire on.

9. Novel Approach. Most of his film work were based on novels that he read first. And then by making a film adaption second, he takes then to the big screen. His first few, “Fear and Desire”, and “Killer’s Kiss”, were not based on novels. From Arthur C. Clarke to Stephen King, they had impressed the fans and critics, all over. “Lolita” and “Eyes Wide Shut” were the lousiest, that you do not want to watch.

8. His Iconic Look. By having that famous beard and black hair, he had it unique for him, during the making of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. He decided to have it longer, while working on “The Shining” and “Full Metal Jacket”. In fact, like her daughter Vivian, Stanley Kubrick was a cat lover. He in fact had 16 felines, roaming around his house. And after coming home from doing long shoots, he would let them lay around in his editing room, to make up until the timing was gone.

7. Keeping It Old School. By making his movies, he had usually did it, by doing the old school way. Such as stereo sounds, and how he had used them in “A Clockwork Orange”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and “Spartacus”. Also, as far as writing went for him, rather than typing on an old fashioned typewriter, he usually likes to write with a pen or a pencil with paper.

6. Vivian and Christiane In Short Appearances. After he had hired only Christiane Harlan for “Paths of Glory”, they began a relationship in 1957 during the production, and were married later in 1958. They had three daughters, born in the early 1960’s. Vivian, like her mother, was the lucky one to make a few appearances in her father’s movies that no one knew. In “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Barry Lyndon”, “The Shining”, and “Full Metal Jacket”.

5. The Stars That Worked With Kubrick. Some of these stars not only got special treatment with Kubrick, but some did had trouble with him. Such as Kirk Douglas by thinking that he can be a bastard sometimes, as how Shelley Duvall was losing her hair, piece by piece. But as for Matthew Modine, Sterling Hayden, Peter Sellers, Malcolm McDowell, Ryan O’Neal and more, they enjoyed working with him. And love to talk about him years later as old men.

4. His Favourite Themes. By working on his movies, that made film history, he had always looked on the dark side of human nature. Especially in those wars that are set in. Such as the First World War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, a revolution against the Roman Empire, and a dystopian future. The actual future of 2001, 17th century U.K, and Colorado, USA in 1980? He wouldn’t really mind. Just as long as he was doing the right thing.

3. Christiane’s Paintings & Modine’s Diary. Since the Kubrick family had moved to a nice house in the English countryside, his wife loved it up there cause of the peace and quiet that she needed. And as a painter, she did some remarkable paintings. Some of her paintings were seen in her husbands movies that made film history. Until after her husband died of a heart attack, she continued to paint as an artist. Matthew Modine however, wrote a diary about how he worked with Stanley Kubrick, and how he really appreciated on working with him. This made his wife very pleased after it was published in bookstores.

2. Camera Techniques and Film Locations. Stanley Kubrick was really great with the camera work, on whatever which one to use. A super 8 film camera, an old fashioned film camera, a photography camera, or a big one while he was in film production. By having the lens, right angle, picture format, and no brightness, no interruptions and no shakiness, he always gets the right thing. That way, they wouldn’t start all over. And he wasn’t very much on travelling. Most of his work were filmed in the UK, Ireland, deep into Europe, and bits of the USA including Colorado while working on “The Shining”.

1. Oscar Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Out of his movies that made film history, most of them were left out nominated which wasn’t fair. But the lucky ones were “Spartacus”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and “Barry Lyndon” that deserved Oscar awards. Out of the people he worked with, they thanked him for having them hired, as deserved one for Best Sound Effects. Although he would’ve deserved a few more for Best Director, Best Picture, and etc, but his film director friend Steven Spielberg, did find him very unique, and a brilliant film director of all time. He was glad to be his friend before Stanley Kubrick he died of a heart attack on March 7th, 1999.

Do you agree with my list? What are your top points on your favourite film director?

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