Matthew Modine’s acting career has spanned three decades and over forty films, allowing him to work with such directing talents as Robert Altman, Jonathan Demme, James Ivory, and Oliver Stone. But it was his collaboration with Stanley Kubrick in 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket” that immortalized Modine in cinematic history.
Now producing a new iPad app of his piercing, insightful “Full Metal Jacket Diary,” the 52 year-old actor spoke with me via email about the creation of the diary, his experience on Full Metal Jacket, and the ongoing influence of Stanley Kubrick. Continue reading “People with Passion: Matthew Modine”
A long, long time ago, probably sophomore year of college, I discovered an independent film reviewer named Alex Jackson who specialized in breaking down the psychology and interconnectedness in Kubrick films. His main theory on Kubrick is laid out in his Eyes Wide Shut review:
“I see 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as the Rosetta Stone in figuring out Kubrick. He depicts savage apes evolving into the comfortable sleepiness of modern civilized man and then evolving again into Star Children, angels, the great next step. Unless guided upon the right path by space aliens, Kubrick seems to believe, we’re perpetually stuck in our comfortable sleep.” Continue reading “Alex Jackson, Viddied Reviews”
During my most recent viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey, I keyed in on something I’d never keyed in on before. It came during the opening ape sequence. The sequence begins with a title card THE DAWN OF MAN, followed by several shots of the Vast, Barren Landscape. We see sand and rock. We see bones of dead animals. We see…nothing. Then we see the apes. They scrounge for the same food as the neighboring tapirs. They are hassled by leopards. They clean each other. We see them as men because we know where they are headed, but we also see they are no better than the tapirs and certainly threatened by the leopards. Continue reading “From April 13, 2008: One small step for the most primitive of beings”