REQUEST: Kubrick VS. episode,

So I watched Dr. Strangelove last night and was amazed when I realized that not a single Stanley Kubrick movie has been covered for this show (though the forum has been calling for picks like Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange and more). I figured a versus episode would be a good way to potentially knock out two with one stone.

I leave it up to fellow commenters to decide which would be the best picks. My vote's for Strangelove from a historical standpoint. It takes western anxiety about nuclear brinksmanship and mutually-assured destruction and twists it into a parody of dick-swinging bravado. Dr. Strangelove represents a great pick for a Cold War movie

Any episode featuring The Killing, Lolita, Spartacus, 2001, Clockwork The Shining or just about any other Kubrick movie would be worth the price of admission, so I'm easy in that regard. I know this is something of a safe, boring pick, but I'm still interested to hear these movies discussed and pitted against each other.

marsellus_h
marsellus_h
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actually, we've had suggested a Kubrick Month before, with 5 awsome vs episodes. check it out here: http://thecanon.wolfpop.com/blog/355691/kubrick

it was:
Paths Of Glory vs Full Metal Jacket (War films!)
2001 vs A Clockwork Orange (It's the future!)
Lolita vs The Shining (Literary adptions! And some scary "daddies".... not you, Devin. Duh. Get some self-esteem)
Barry Lyndon vs Eyes Wide Shut (aka "Movie Stars out of their acting range comfort zone" episode; also: boobs!)
Dr Strangelove vs The Killing (Masterplans gone wrong!... ok, this one is a bit jolty... but hey. This is high concept art, by now)

What do you say? Which pairings would you change?

muthsarah
muthsarah
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There are no appropriate Kubrick vs. episodes. Amy and Devin should do a whole month on Kubrick. He's the greatest filmmaker in the Western Canon. Yeah. With a capital C.

The Killing, Paths of Glory, Dr. Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket. And the second-rung: Lolita, Spartacus, Eyes Wide Shut (all good, just none of them ever SO good). Seriously, which ones would you put up against which others? Kubrick didn't really ever cover the same ground twice.

I'm a Versus partisan. I want EVERYTHING to be a heated, hated, versus episode where half the listenership ends up hating the show and/or slitting their wrists. But not here. We don't put Kubrick against Kubrick. We can't. Honestly. Each of his great works are just too distinct.

For individual episodes, I want Paths of Glory and Barry Lyndon. 2001 is polarizing. Strangelove is too slam-dunk. Clockwork is probably too safe, and, really, in this case, I have a feeling Amy wouldn't like it much, and that would be hard for me to accept. Because I love A Clockwork Orange, and because I love Amy. And I wouldn't want to hear them fight. 2001....too predictably divided between the "artistic/innovative/groundbreaking" crowd and the "boring/slow/mygodwhenwillitend?" crowd. I've been there. It's been almost 50 years. Why revisit the debate when we could instead talk about Kirk Douglas and his mighty chin dimple?

So Paths of Glory. Or Barry Lyndon. Pleeeeeaase??? A Clockwork Orange would be awesome too. Or Dr. Strangelove. If you wanted to be boring.

marsellus_h
marsellus_h
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Intrigue and tension? Let's make it Dr Strangelove vs. My Fair Lady, just because academy awards, which, of corse, are never wrong.

ss7
ss7
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Feels too easy. I like my Canon episodes rife with intrigue and tension.

lronhoward
lronhoward
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And somehow there's a comma in the title...

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