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HIDDEN GEMS 2. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

HIDDEN GEMS 2. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Hidden Gems is a series bringing to light little known filmic gems and rarities that have somehow managed to slip through the collective cinematic consciousness. You’re welcome. 

2001: a Space Odyssey

I know what you’re thinking: 1. I don’t like historical drama and 2. I hate classical Greek literature about assholes who take twenty odd years to navigate the Mediterranean.

But surprisingly you’d be wrong on both counts. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is actually what they call a ‘Science Fiction’ film which was made in 1968 when 2001 was still in the future!

And it’s in English with no lost Greeks in sight!

Okay, so that’s why not to hate this little known cult treasure but in a world where you can watch Transformers again or Avatar, why waste your time on some old clunk bucket made before CGI was invented. Well, it’s a tough one but here goes.

1. Monkeys: film starts with monkeys and you can’t get much better than that.

2. Soundtrack: not only is the music sublime, there’s the greatest version of ‘Daisy, Daisy, give me an answer do’ ever committed to celluloid.

3. A big mad brick. The story resolves around these big black bricks which basically pop up when Mr.s Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke get bored.

4. ‘Woah shit!’ bit at the end where it just goes disco biscuits all over the screen. The cinematic equivalent of spassing out and not giving a shit.

5. Zero gravity toilet. Stanley Kubrick had a one joke limit on each film and this one’s a ‘cracker’.

So to recap: a big mad brick teaches vegetarian monkeys how to eat meet, accidentally starts the arms race so another mad brick sends a bunch of astronauts to Jupiter where, after mad computer kills all but one, survivor crashes through another mad brick and grows so old he becomes a great big baby.

Magic!

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5 thoughts on “HIDDEN GEMS 2. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

  1. James

    Pretty funny, but there is not a thing in the film having to do with an arms race. At all. Not even implied. You are mixing it up with the awful “2010”.

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  2. Chad Sternburger

    Although admittedly implied, it’s THE most famous shot of the film. When the bone goes up in the air, the satellite it turns into is an orbiting nuclear missile. Hence arms race. Add to this the paranoia of the Russians at the Hilton, implies a continued cold war context.

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  3. Neil Cohen

    Was touted as sequel to “The Russians Are Coming” (aka ‘The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming’) – so ‘nuf said, and Chad’s highly academic points one and two are enough for me to see any film, several times.

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