2001: A Space Odyssey - Discerning Themes through Score and Imagery: As Ligeti's music ends, the first image we see is a celestial alignment of the sun the earth and the moon as Richard Strauss' exhilarating Also Sprach Zarathustra begins. It's critical to note that Thus Spoke Zarathustra is also a novel by Friedrich Nietzsche. This musical choice thus signals that the film deals with the same central issues in this book. [via] [more inside]
posted by troll
on Jul 27, 2013 -
The stewardess who retrieved a sleeping passenger's floating pen. The man in the ape suit who howled at the monolith. Arthur C. Clarke, recalling how he thought Stanley Kubrick was wrong, back in the day, about HAL being able to read lips, but later, aware that computers were developing such ability, admitting that he had been wrong. This and much more in The Making of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
. Meanwhile, from Douglas Trumbull, here's Creating Special Effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey
. And here, full to bursting with interesting info, is the IMDb trivia page for 2001: A Space Odyssey
. Why all this? Well, it's in honor of the 45th anniversary of the film's world premiere. Thank you for the masterpiece
, Mr. Kubrick.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Walking With Walken
, a short film [10min]
from 2001 about an amateur comedian who maybe takes his Christopher Walken impressions a little too seriously.
posted by mannequito
on Dec 13, 2012 -
"James Cameron narrates this documentary on the classic film 2001
. It includes archival footage of the late Arthur C. Clarke in the 1960s touring spacecraft manufacturing facilities, footage of designers putting together models, snippets of archival footage of Kubrick, interviews with various luminaries, and various other amazing stuff I’ve never seen. It also features interviews with Doug Trumbull and others who did special effects for the film. If you’re a 2001 fan, this is 43 minutes of candy.
Skip to 7:00 to find out how they did the floating-pen trick — including an interview with the actress who played the “Space Hostess” who grabbed the pen seemingly from midair. Skip to around 11:00 to meet the guys who played the apes ... . Around 13:45, Clarke explains how the monolith originally was to have a movie screen on it ... ."
posted by SpacemanStix
on Aug 4, 2012 -
It's New Years Eve (or already the first day of the new year, depending on where you are
), and you may be looking for something other than the radio to play for a countdown. Head backwards, then, to cruise into the 80s with the Grateful Dead
for the closing of Winterland
. Or join the Janglers
to say goodby to 1993 and hello to 1994
at Peabody's Downunder
. You can check out twelve hours of Essential Mixing and relive the transition from 2000 to 2001
. Get closer to the present day with some big band and swing into 2010 in style
. Say hello to 2011
with B.A.G.S. (Bullman, Ashworth, Guggino, Sipe)
, spend an hour and a half
with Blu Mar Ten
or six and a half hours
with Mr Scruff
. And if you're looking for something new for tonight, try some mixes from Redondo
, Montreal Funk Monkeys
, and a countdown minimix from DJ Raymix
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 31, 2011 -
How accurate was Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" about the future?
"Part of the reason that Dr Floyd has been sent to Clavius Base is to deliver a morale-boosting speech to a crew bemused by what they have unearthed on the moon. [...] Frankly, there is no way that this would have been done in the real 2001 without the judicious use of PowerPoint featuring Excel charts and inspiring pictures of puppies, and probably some free branded goodies to take away and cheer everybody up."
posted by feelinglistless
on Sep 28, 2009 -
You know the trouble with Historically-Based Movies? Unless you're an uneducated, ignorant moran, you know how they're gonna end. At least that's the argument of this Premiere
article on 10 Movie Endings Spoiled By History
. Of course there are ways to avoid that problem, as Cracked.com's (yeah, them) 11 Movies Saved by Historical Inaccuracy
declares. Books have been written about Historical Movies' accuracy or inaccuracy
, and everybody has an opinion
on what the Best Historical Movies are
, but if you want your History purely entertaining, there's only one
dog you can count on: here are Mr. Peabody, Sherman and the original
Wayback Machine dropping in on Cristopher Columbus
, Pancho Villa
and Francisco Pizarro and the Incas
(sorry, no USA History episodes on YouTube). [more inside]
posted by wendell
on Jan 6, 2009 -
The power of Western culture
illustrated with the story of Miss World 2001. Agbani Darego
of Nigeria is single-handedly responsible for a radical change in the feminine beauty ideal in her native country: voluptuous women are out, thin girls are in. A stunning illustration of the cultural power of the West, and a good example to think about what it means - for the better and for the worse - to those under its spell.
posted by ugly_n_sticky
on Oct 3, 2002 -
The Voice of the Prophet.
Rick Rescorla was Head of Security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in New York. A vet of three wars and a survivor of the 1993 WTC bombing. He saved many lives that day, but lost his own on Nine Eleven, no doubt again attempting to save lives as he had eight years before. If this is what Shrub means by a Patriot, he should listen to patriots instead of try to name Nine Eleven after them. Rescorla's words echo now in a startling matter-of-fact yet poignant way. I'll copypaste a partial transcript into the body of the thread for those who can't stream video.
posted by ZachsMind
on Sep 12, 2002 -
Rolling Stone's Well Hung at Dawn
looks at the stuff that happened last year.
September 11th did not change our relationship to pop culture, except for the fact that we couldn't see Collateral Damage and are still waiting for Showtime to air The Believer. Osama didn't make "Beautiful Day" sound any friggin' better (though it did put Ray Stevens back in the Top Ten, and that's not a bad thing!).
posted by Foaf
on Feb 14, 2002 -
Time's 2001 inventions of the year awards.
Why do all of these have that cheesy "Sharper Image" feel to them? Aren't there inventions out there slightly more important than a potato masher or a remote control smoke alarm? Naww, everything else would go over the heads of the readers. Keep that gravy comin' ma!
posted by skallas
on Nov 21, 2001 -
With friends like these...
"The Left in 2001 needs a media upgrade in the worst way. It needs to figure out a way to communicate its message that doesn't cause a vast majority of Americans to roll their eyes. Change in this country comes about through numbers, and continually alienating the bulk of the nation with old, tired tactics isn't going to change anything. "
posted by theMargin
on Oct 10, 2001 -