In honor of the sci-fi masterpiece's 50th anniversary, The Unenthusiastic Critic is opening the podcast doors for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
For once, Michael and Nakea begin their discussion from similar perspectives: Nakea has never seen 2001, and Michael (though he's embarrassed to admit it) hasn't seen it since he was about 12 years old. So we're both coming fresh to a discussion about the abrupt evolution of man, the tragic singularity of HAL, and the obsessive techno-poetry of Stanley Kubrick. (We're also probing the outer limits of Michael's cinephilia, learning why Nakea doesn't fuck around with Siri, and speculating on how sipping a little weed might have aided our deeper appreciation of this film.)
—0:00: Prologue: from 2001: A Space Odyssey
—1:16: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion of 2001: A Space Odyssey
—15:21: Trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey
—16:40: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion of 2001: A Space Odyssey
—1:25:16: Outro and Next Week's Movie
Notes and Links
—Film reviewed: 2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick, MGM, 1968)
—Reviews discussed: Charles Champlin, LA Times; Roger Ebert, (1968 & 1997), rogerebert.com; Andrew Sarris, Village Voice; Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Vogue (quoted here); Stanley Kaufman, New Republic; Paul Schrader, Spectacle; Pauline Kael, Harpers.
—Articles referenced: "An Interview with Stanley Kubrick," from The Film Director as Superstar (Doubleday, 1970) by Joseph Gelmis; Sight & Sound 2012 Critics' Poll and Directors' Poll.
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—Theme Music: "Warm Duck Shuffle" by Arne Huseby, licensed under CC BY 3.0.