One of my projects that I’ve been working on over the last couple of years is to watch the American Film Institute’s top 100 films of all time. There’s a great mix of old and new movies and in general, the movies have been fantastic. One of the movies that I had not seen until last night was 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick.
Here’s how I would describe the experience. The whole time I wanted to fast forward but I was afraid I would miss something. After finishing the movie, I realized I could have watched the whole thing in fast forward and not really missed anything. The movie is broken into 4 parts, here’s how I summarize them:
Part 1 – 30 minutes watching monkies run around, this part climaxes when monkey figures out how to use a bone as a tool
Part 2 – 30 minutes of watching men in space and spaceships floating around in space
Part 3 – We find out that the spaceship the main character is in is run by a super computer named HAL 9000. HAL 9000 is the best part of the movie, he’s a diabolic villain who tries to kill the entire crew on board. I might recommend watching the movie just so you can meet HAL 9000.
Part 4 – This was freaking weird, it was about 15 minutes of traveling through a weird space, it reminds me of the Windows visualizer of music, it’s a psychedelic trip through space with horribly irritating noise that sounds like Radiohead played backwards. Then the journey ends and you’re in a room. I don’t want to ruin the ending, but I will anyways. First you see the main character astronaut in the room, then you see an old version of him, then you see an older version of him on a bed, then you see a floating fetus in space. The end.
I know there’s some deep stuff going on in this movie and I love deep stuff, but this movie just didn’t move fast enough for me, I would have been better off reading the book.
In other news: THE BULLDOGS WON BOTH GAMES OF THEIR DOUBLE HEADER TODAY!!!! We’re heading into the bar-b-que weekend with some momentum. We’d love to see you at our game on Sunday, come one, come all!