The Final Season - Week 7: 2001 A Space Odyssey
Whether you consider 2001 a cinematic masterpiece or a trippy slog, this movie changed our relationship with cinema and with science fiction. We resisted showing it for a long time we remembered it as long and unintelligible, but on re-watching found a trove of important film tropes and visual effects.
Kubrick revolutionized special effects - every visual in this movie was a practical effect shot on film. This film was also a pivot for the entire science fiction genre and created some of our most indelible movie references: The Blue Danube as soundtrack to the vacuum of space, apes jumping around a monolith and, of course, HAL - the first serious portrayal of anthropomorphized AI. The deliberate pacing and orchestral score lends additional gravitas to this ambitious film.
It's actually a relatively short movie (shorter than Pulp Fiction!) and there's a really solid scifi story nestled in there. Whether you find it an unparalleled work of genius or an epic meandering, seeing this bold, beautiful movie on the big screen is an experience you don't want to miss!