Apparently I’m not the film aficionado I’d thought I was. This was made clear when I realized I’d been confusing 2001: A Space Odyssey with both Close Encounters of the Third Kind AND Cocoon. I should be embarrassed but I had a busy childhood and I was really more interested in Short Circuit anyway.
I can see how all of this would sound insane to a real film buff, but I am making up for lost time. It is clear to me that after one viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey, that it should be considered mandatory viewing. I may have paid closer attention to my science teachers. After watching Star Wars my ears only perked up when the word “lasers” was mentioned, and that did not happen enough.
The best part about films by Stanley Kubrick (or my director hero David Lynch) is that it’s quite possible you’ll leave the theater (or couch) not fully understanding what you just witnessed. It’s also a promise that we’ll never hear an official explanation of any of these films either, which is where the internet comes in. When I went on my hunt for interpretations of 2001: A Space Odyssey, I found plenty to keep me busy.
Spoilers inside the links below:
The biggest question I walked away with was, How did Joel McHale fend off aging from 1968 through 2013?
Movie night it up with 2001: A Space Odyssey on Blu Ray, or if you see it playing anywhere around LA, please let me know!