2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanley Kubrick

A richly allegorical and visually striking masterwork, Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey is for some, pretentious and uneventful, and yet for others, it is the ultimate work of art which deals with some of the most fundamental philosophical questions.

2001-a-space-odyssey-2Since The Killing, his breakthrough movie, Stanley Kubrick could not put a foot wrong. He made one great film after the other. Just a few other filmmakers (perhaps, auteurs like Tarkovsky or Malick) can rival his ratio of masterpieces-to-films-made. In other words, it is hard to decide on his ultimate masterwork: the movie that defines his legacy. So, as 2001: A Space Odyssey stands tall in his oeuvre, maybe elbowing past Paths of Glory, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining to the top, it deserves to be called a special film indeed. Continue reading

Life of Brian (1979), Terry Jones

An unrepentant and caustic satire of belief systems, Terry Jones’ 1979 Life of Brian, with a reluctant messiah at the centre of its tale of mistaken identity, is not only extremely clever and funny, but also, intelligent and subtle in its critique of political idealism and credulity.

life-of-brian-2It is quite funny – actually, rather hilarious indeed!! – that in a film which supposedly intends to criticise religious beliefs, the best jokes are directed at other subjects. Through political commentary, cultural reference, psychological insight and philosophical discussion, Life of Brian – this laugh-out loud movie!! – has a go at every absurd aspect of the human condition. Continue reading