Sci-Fi 2001: A Space Odyssey

Kevin

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Re: Convinse me to watch 2001: A Space Oddesy

OK, some convincing points... :P

- Directed by Stanley Kubrick

- Written by Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke

- Has several elements that have become icons in the sci-fi genre (the black monoliths, HAL-9000, the opening 'ape' scene, etc.) that have been referenced in everything from Mel Brook's History of the World to Futurama.

- Is an interesting 'futurist' piece from the time (1968) that predicted many common place items today (with the AI of HAL-9000 of course being a central focal point of the film).

- Spectacular visual & audio. If you have not seen it before, try to get a as 'clean' as a copy as possible (in other words, don't bother with VHS copies or ripped copies on the net).

- Some of the parody jokes & references will make a lot more sense. :D
 

andysweb

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Re: Convinse me to watch 2001: A Space Oddesy

OK, some convincing points... :P

- Directed by Stanley Kubrick

- Written by Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke

- Has several elements that have become icons in the sci-fi genre (the black monoliths, HAL-9000, the opening 'ape' scene, etc.) that have been referenced in everything from Mel Brook's History of the World to Futurama.

- Is an interesting 'futurist' piece from the time (1968) that predicted many common place items today (with the AI of HAL-9000 of course being a central focal point of the film).

- Spectacular visual & audio. If you have not seen it before, try to get a as 'clean' as a copy as possible (in other words, don't bother with VHS copies or ripped copies on the net).

- Some of the parody jokes & references will make a lot more sense. :D

Such a perfect expaination that is very difficult to add to .. but one additional point - watch it in HD. It is a visual master piece! :)
 

7HEUSEDB3RTH

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Re: Convinse me to watch 2001: A Space Oddesy

I have a cheap TV, so HD is not an option :P

But I plan on watching it one the TV with the speakers that are as big a** speakers and comfy couch, and the clean floors

...and no remote. I guess I'll go on a scavenger hunt.
 

Kevin

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Re: Convinse me to watch 2001: A Space Oddesy

... one additional point - watch it in HD. It is a visual master piece! :)

I have a cheap TV, so HD is not an option :P

But I plan on watching it one the TV with the speakers that are as big a** speakers and comfy couch, and the clean floors
I'm also in the "No-big-HD-TV" camp as well. But I do have a comfy couch. :D Some real life issues this year more or less killed the 2008 budget so this was not the year that I upgraded the TV; maybe in 2009.

A comfy couch, a fuzzy dog to keep company with, fresh milk from the local farm, and a good movie to watch. Life is good. :)
 

7HEUSEDB3RTH

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Re: Convinse me to watch 2001: A Space Oddesy

Yea, I don't have a dog. I have a paper mache bunny.





Not only does he watch movies, listen to music, and enjoy TV, but also he keeps away the evil spirits.

By the way, Mister Administrator, can you edit my first post and change the word "Convince" to it's proper spalling, as I can not? Thanks.
 

Kevin

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I think the bunny is staring at me! :eek:

read the short story 'The Sentinel' by Clarke first.

Clarke based the screenplay on it
You're making me think about going back and re-reading some of Clarke's early stuff. :D I may have to add a few more titles to my Winter 2010 reading list.
 

Crushcraft

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The first time I saw that Movie was on a small black and white TV with a coat hanger as a antenna lol, still blew me away!
 

painkiller64

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you really have to watch it. it is a must see. i really cant add any more convincing ppoints to this other than if you watch it once you will want to see it again so you can try and figure out what is really going on.
 

RonPrice

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An interpretation of the final mise-en-scene

Part 1:

Since its premiere some 45 years ago, 2001: A Space Odyssey has been analyzed and interpreted by professional movie critics, amateur writers and science fiction fans, virtually all of whom have noted the film’s deliberate ambiguity. Questions about 2001 range from uncertainty about its deeper philosophical implications, about humanity's origins and final destiny in the universe, to interpreting elements of the film's more enigmatic scenes such as the meaning of the monolith, or the final fate of astronaut David Bowman. There are also simpler and more mundane questions about what drives the plot, in particular the causes of Hal's, the computer’s, breakdown.

Stanley Kubrick encouraged people to explore their own interpretations of the film, and that’s what I am doing here in this brief prose-poem. Kubrick refused to offer an explanation of "what really happened" in the movie, preferring instead to let audiences embrace their own ideas and theories. In a 1968 interview with Playboy magazine Kubrick stated:

“You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film—and such speculation is one indication that the film has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level. But I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 which every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point.”

Part 2:

Clarke went on to write three sequel novels: 2010: Odyssey Two (1982), 2061: Odyssey Three (1987), and 3001: The Final Odyssey (1997). The only filmed sequel, 2010, was based on Clarke's 1982 novel, and was released in 1984. Kubrick was not involved in the production of this recent film.-Ron Price with thanks to Wikipedia, 29/9/’13.

I have not read any of Clarke’s novels. In the last 45 years I have seen the film twice. Last night I saw, I chanced-upon, the last scene. It was this experience, this third view of this last scene in the film, which has prompted my writing of this prose-poem.-Ron Price, Pioneering Over Five Epochs, 29/9/’13.

A new child was born as an
old-man lay dying in the very
last scene of this film which I
chanced-upon last night before
going to bed. I thought to myself,
as the scene faded and the credits
rolled-on, that a new child had been
born in these last several decades, say,
1963 to 2013, the first half century of
that final institutionalized charismatic
Force set-in-motion a century before.

Little did most people know and, even in
my own life, a rebirth has taken-place in
which the concept of the Übermensch(1)
found in Nietzsche's work applied to me,
at least so it seemed, as I looked back at
my lifespan in the last half century from my
teens to these years of the evening of my life
wherein a poetic explosion has occurred that
had lifted me into a new world, a new child.

Born I was, & reborn like a quickening wind,
an inner reflection, some space odyssey.....a
rendezvous of my soul with the Source of its
light and guidance, a deeper appreciation of
mysterious forces from those retreats of that
deathless splendour, and a revivifying breath
of celestial power, out-of-body-worldly trip of
words, worlds within words, the first stirrings
of that World Order within a nucleus & pattern
that is slowly crystallizing and radiating benign
influences, unknowingly, over our entire planet.(2)

1 The Übermensch is German for "Overman, Overhuman, Above-Human, Superman, Super-human". It is a concept in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche posited the Übermensch as a goal for humanity to set for itself in his 1883 book Thus Spoke Zarathustra. There is no consensus regarding the precise meaning of the Übermensch, nor on the importance of the concept in Nietzsche's thought.

2 The Universal House of Justice, Ridvan, 1992.

Ron Price
29/9/’13.
 
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