‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Just Might Be the Greatest Science-Fiction Film Ever Made

I love science fiction. This genre provides some of the most entertaining movies of all time, delivering eclectic stories that stretch the imagination. I’ve heard of 2001: A Space Odyssey and I knew it was regarded as one of the best science-fiction films of all time. I knew so little about the movie that I literally thought it came out in the late 1990s’ or early 2000s’. Imagine my surprise when I learned it came out in 1968 and imagine my even deeper surprise when I discovered how well-made the movie’s effects and story turned out to be.

Now, despite my praise of the film I didn’t finish the movie. I couldn’t. I’m that person who walk out of the movie theater if something is either too scary or too disturbing. 2001: A Space Odyssey disturbed me deeply.

Throughout the first third of the film we are introduced to this strange alien life form during some long and drawn-out scenes that come accompanied with a haunting piece of music that made me very nervous. The second third of the movie feels like ALIEN except with a super intelligent robot named HAL that gradually kills off all but one of the ship’s passengers. HAL is one of the worst movie villains of all time. And, undoubtedly, he is officially the scariest robot that I’ve seen in a movie. Geez!

The last bit of the movie is where I had to make my abrupt departure. Kubrick’s vision of space travel takes a psychedelic turn that had me staring at the screen in crease-eyebrowed horror. I was okay with everything…until I wasn’t. It got to a point where I was so deeply disturbed and wary of what visual trauma I was going to see next that I elected to stop the film. I would later find out what happened at the end of the movie thanks to the plot’s layout on Wikipedia along with other individuals’ movie reviews so essentially I finished the movie, just not visually.

Prior to this, Interstellar was my favorite science-fiction movie of all time. It still is but undoubtedly 2001: A Space Odyssey takes the cake for sheer sci-fi brilliance. The great thing about this genre is you can go as wacky as you’d like to. Kubrick did that and more. I’ve never seen a film that wasn’t a horror movie that disturbed me so greatly. Thankfully, I watched it with my sister in the early morning instead of at nighttime because I clearly would’ve lost sleep.

What do you think about 2001: A Space Odyssey (if you’ve seen it)? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Fan Art Wednesday

Woo, another week has passed and boy do I have some pics for you this week. 🙂

Enjoy!

The Whirlwind of Ahsoka’s Blades

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Last Friday’s episode of The Clone Wars, “Shattered” was an emotional episode as Order 66 played out before our eyes with Ahsoka at the center of the horrifying event. Bombarded by troopers that once fought alongside her, Ahsoka had to defend her life in a fascinating display of lightsaber awesomeness that my sister captured beautifully in this piece. Continue reading Fan Art Wednesday

Zorii Bliss: A Day in Kijimi: Chapter Three

Zorii had seen tyranny but there was nothing quite like the First Order’s grip. A little under a year ago the regime armed with their red and black flag and obnoxious attitude occupied Kijimi City. They pretended to be “protectors” who were assigned to protecting the citizens from any activity caused by the Resistance. It wasn’t long before their true colors began to show.

First came the frisking in broad daylight to any wandering civilian who simply looked at the white-armored troopers the wrong way. Then came the regulations. And finally the curfew. Some civilians tried to fight back and voice their anger against the policy. Those individuals went missing. After that, the city quieted and not long after the First Order started raiding homes, kidnapping children from their slumber to be forced into their armies.

People fought back. A secret rebel cell had grown in the city’s underground. And now the nights were filled with the screams of children and the noise of battle as the rebels tried to fight back against the First Order. Zorii couldn’t handle it anymore. She needed to get to the colonies, get a better life, maybe give up the life of crime. Maybe.

Who knows. Maybe she’d even get the notion to join the Resistance. Perhaps she’d be reunited with Dameron. What a thought. He’d probably laugh. And she’d shrug.

“Probably thought you’d never see me here, did you?” he would say.

He’d step close to her. “Actually, I had a hunch you would.”

The sound of someone slamming their door shut as she walked by their home jarred her from her daydreaming. Good thing too, as she noticed a squad of stormtroopers heading her way. They saw her and immediately their paces quickened. She could understand why clad in this helmet like she was. She looked like a prime suspect of the rebel cell in this city. She didn’t wait to see if they were coming after her.

She turned a corner, her boots casting deep prints into the incessant white blanket of snow as she broke into a full sprint. She could hear the muffled orders of the troopers ordering one another to get her. She unholstered her blaster and whirled as they rounded the corner, downing two of them in an instant. She then continued running as the troopers chased after her, vaulting down a flight of stairs and nearly slipping at the bottom. She grunted, annoyed with herself.

“What a morning,” she muttered.