Full Metal Jacket

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanising effects the Viet Nam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

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Full Metal Jacket doesn’t come across as a traditional war film any more than The Shining comes across as a traditional horror film. Both, in what I’m starting to see is a trend from Kubrick, are just meticulously executed stories about people and how weird we are. Continue reading “Full Metal Jacket”

The Shining

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

The two film genres I do not like: musicals and horror. It makes me uncomfortable to look into somebody’s eyes as they sing, and it’s a waste of time to spend half a film with my hands covering my eyes. Continue reading “The Shining”

Paths of Glory

Based on the 1935 novel of the same name, it tells the story of an ill-fated assault on German forces by French soldiers, and the grippling consequences those soldiers face when they refuse to follow through with it.

Having never experienced a Kubrick film before, my expectations for Paths of Glory were surprisingly well-managed. Of course, I’d heard of his greatest works before starting this project: The ShiningDr. StrangeloveA Clockwork Orange… I know he’s widely regarded as one of the best directors of the 20th century. Continue reading “Paths of Glory”