In this episode of Movies To Watch Before You Die, Mark is joined by Mike Cooknick as the two break down the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Directed by the immaculate Stanley Kubrick. Starring Keir Duella.

Haven’t seen the film yet?  Or maybe you need to refresh your memory? Buy or rent the film here: Hardcopy, Amazon Instant Video, or iTunes.

Film Synopsis

After humans discover a strange object on the moon emitting a signal towards Jupiter, a manned spaceship powered by a supercomputer is sent to investigate the anomaly.  

In this episode, the guys talk about a bunch of themes such as the future of artificial intelligence, the path of human evolution, and man’s search for meaning in the universe. Mark comments on the flaws of humanity and Mike complains about Sigmund Freud. Tune in to see why.

Did you know that 2001: A Space Odyssey is based on The Sentinel by prolific science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke? The story served as the basis of the screenplay Clarke would eventually write with Kubrick for the film. Get it for yourself here.

As Kubrick was making the film, Clarke further adapted the screenplay into a novel that is also titled 2001: A Space Odyssey. I would highly recommend reading it if you enjoyed the film, or if you had absolutely no clue what happened and you’d like an explanation straight from the horse’s mouth. Get it for yourself on Amazon or iTunes.

Looking Ahead

Tune into the podcast next week, where Mark and guest Matt VanWormer will analyze the 1997 film Boogie Nights. Haven’t seen it yet? Get it here: Hardcopy, Amazon Instant Video, or iTunes.

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