I will not pretend to be a Stanley Kubrick expert. All I am is a huge fan of a man who genuinely treated filmmaking as an art form. I recently went to Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at the LACMA (if you haven’t gone, you really should) and I realized something: film is dead. You just realized that? No, fellow reader, I didn’t just realize that, I just refused to believe it. Every time that statement showed up on my Twitter feed, I rejected it because I wanted to believe in today’s filmmakers.
There are a lot of talented directors working today, obviously. But when I was standing in the 2001: A Space Odyssey room, looking at the amount of detail that went into a piece of silverware (silverware!), I just couldn’t kid myself anymore. Filmmaking is not suppose to be easy. It’s not getting a digital camera, shooting two people goofing off and then uploading it unto YouTube. Filmmaking is so much more than that. It’s suppose to be more than that. And I’m not saying this to be a film snob. This breaks my heart because I realize that I will never, ever, be able to call myself a filmmaker. By Kubrick’s standards, it’s just way too hard.
Anyway, now that I’ve refreshed your memory about how amaze Kubrick was, how about a look at a gallery of Kubrick hanging with famous people. That was a harsh transition, I know, but these pictures are very cool. Take a look.
Kubrick and James Mason just playing some ping pong.
Hang loose Cruise!
Kubrick all dressed up.
This is what the cool kids table looks like.