Our number 2 is a classic that I bet most of you know references from but maybe you have never actually watched. It is 2001: A space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick was pretty optimistic about where we would be in 2001 in regards to space travel, but disregarding that year, it stays as one of the most iconic movies ever set in space with the signature Kubrick imagery and style present in all of his films.

Stanley Kubrick, a revolutionary for the Sci-Fi genre

Back in 1968 nobody was expecting it and it left people awestruck and speechless. The film still looks marvelous after almost forty years. Kubrick created one of the most astonishing special effect of the day and nobody could top it.

The Space Odyssey is not something one can just “go and see”. You must prepare yourself mentally, or you will not understand what is written between the lines. “It”, in itself, comprises a journey through infinity and beyond which brought me some clarity to the way I see the universe.

2001space odyssey with monkey staring at the black monolith

The film revolves around astronaut Dr. Heywood Floyd (played by Keir Dullea) and HAL 9000 (voiced by Douglas Rain). The film begins with a bunch of apes discovering a black monolith which bestows them with the “ability” of intelligence, after that fast-forwarding 4 million years when humans discover another monolith under the lunar surface. I will stop here now, so I won’t spoil the movie for those of you who haven’t seen it yet and IF you haven’t seen it yet, go and watch it NOW.

Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is art in the highest sense, like Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, or Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.

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