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The Set of 400: #93 – My Favorite Zero Gravity Toilet

Today! Because I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal –

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick (x5)

Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Douglas Rain (x2), William Sylvester, Leonard Rossiter (x2), Robert Beatty, Margaret Tyzack, Vivian Kubrick

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Look, I’m not saying there aren’t boring movies out there. Hell, I can’t stand Lawrence of Arabia, even though I kinda recognize the inherent greatness in it, because that movie is so goddamn boring. And like, I get that 2001 doesn’t rip right along. Those astronauts walking toward the monolith really take their time. The outer space ballet of ships passing each other to the classical tunes soundtrack is a little languorous, I’ll grant you. The vaunted light show journey through Dave’s mind is pretty comprehensive when it comes to the color wheel and scenic vistas and multi-shaded eyeballs. But I would like to refer you to the above statement, which I’m like 80% still in the camp of believing – 2001: A Space Odyssey might be the best movie ever made. Continue reading

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The Set of 400: #168 – My Favorite Orgasmatron

Today! Because I bought Polaroid at seven, it’s probably up millions by now –

Sleeper (1973)

Directed by Woody Allen (x6)

Starring Woody Allen (x5), Diane Keaton, John Beck, Don Keefer, John McLiam, Mews Small (x2), Brian Avery (x2), Jerry Hardin (x2), Jackie Mason (x2), Douglas Rain, Spencer Milligan

To date the only science fiction movie Woody Allen has made, Sleeper came at the apex of his fascination with pure silliness in film. Sure, Bananas is wacky too, as is Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, but after Sleeper things would start trending more and more toward realism and relationship comedy. Okay, Love and Death is still pretty crazy, but you can see the shift happening, as that begins incorporating more and more satire. Part of it is certainly just a change in his interests, but also you have to factor in the influence of teaming with Diane Keaton. They appeared in Play it Again, Sam the year before (which Woody wrote but did not direct), and would make five straight films together from ’73 to ’79, over unquestionably Woody’s most successful period. So at least in part, you’d have to guess that the transition to more serious filmmaking was aided by having such a major actress involved in every movie. Continue reading

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