It could be the greatest freak-out of all time. Stanley Kubrick's masterful 2001 is a smorgasbord of sight and sound, and its special effects are indistinguishable from reality, despite an age of over 30 years. Incredible and powerfully symbolic, the subject of many a thesis thanks to its conflicted computer, the HAL 9000. The direction, the score, and the script (written simultaneously while Arthur C. Clarke also worked on his novel) are all fantastic ("Also Sprach Zaruthstra" will never be usable to anyone else, every again) -- only the cast would go on to do relatively little in later years.

A masterwork of cinema that never loses its haunting power even after dozens of viewings.

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