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The Complete STANLEY KUBRICK Exhibit at LACMA – Skiffleboom.com

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom

In March of 2013, I won a film competition in Boston and flew out to Hollywood, California to see my film screen at the Chinese Theatre. During my stay, I visited the Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA. As a filmmaker and a film enthusiast, I was completely awestruck.

From November 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, LACMA visitors got a glimpse at the genius responsible for some of the finest films ever made. I documented the extraordinary collection of all things Kubrick. I transcribed the exhibit in its entirety, word for word. It was an illuminating process.

Now that the exhibit is closed, I am posting my efforts here to share with those of you who could not make the trip. While there is no experience akin to seeing it in person, I hope these photographs and transcriptions further the educational goals of this exhibit: film can be great art. Studying the masters helps us discover new ways to understand, new possibilities to explore.

This exhibition is organized by the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Christiane Kubrick and The Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London, with the support of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Sony-Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc., Universal Studios Inc., and SK Film Archives LLC.

In Los Angeles, Stanley Kubrick is co-presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has been generously supported by Steve Tisch. Additional funding has been provided by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Violet Spitzer-Lucas and the Spitzer Family Foundation. Image: Stanley Kubrick in the interior of the space ship “Discovery”, 2001: A Space Odyssey (2001: A Space Odyssey, GB/United States 1965-68) © Warner Bros. Entertainment.


JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE: Film Director Podcast “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH” – Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

http://www.dvdverdict.com/mp3s/podcast1245.mp3

Jean Pierre Melville, TCFTNFilm Podcast “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH features a uniquely Canadian perspective on the career and canon of renowned filmmakers.  Released through DVDVerdict.com and available on iTunes, the podcast is hosted by the diabolical Steve Power (Newfoundland), Jon Mercer (Newfoundland), Andrew Forbes (Ontario), and Gabriel Girard (Montreal).

Each week, these Canucks offer up a hearty discussion regarding the “Good,” the “Bad,” and the “Ugly” from each filmmaker’s body of work:

The “Good” selection is often a film held in the highest esteem, for quality and enjoyment.

The “Bad” selection is more middle of the road, though NOT NECESSARILY bad!  It can be a good film, but has some flaws that keep it from greatness.  It can also be a film that doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the canon.

Alain Delon in Le Samourai, TCFTN - Skiffleboom.com, Michael McVeyThe “Ugly” selection is the true bad selection.  It is considered the lesser or least of the director’s films, and can be skewered Mystery Science Theater 3000 style (although in our opinion, Melville has NO “ugly” films).

For episode #28 of THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH (Podcast #1212 on DVD Verdict) the crew invited me as a special guest, and we had a grand time looking back on Jean-Pierre Melville’s oeuvre.  You can download the podcast here, but BEWARE!—this 2 hour discussion is for movie geeks only:

http://www.dvdverdict.com/mp3s/podcast1245.mp3

Join Gabriel, Andrew, and guest Michael McVey as they celebrate and denigrate the life’s work of director/writer Jean-Pierre Melville.  Le cercle rouge, Army of Shadows, Le Samouraï, Le Deuxieme Souffle, Magnet of Doom, Le Doulos, Léon Morin – Priest, Two Men in Manhattan, Bob le Flambeur, Les Enfants Terribles, Le silence de la mer  what’s not to love?

You can play along at home with IMDB and Youtube pages open, looking up the facts and clips as we go.  Here is the trailer to the cool, influential French noir classic LE SAMOURAI:

The WES CRAVEN Playlist at Skiffleboom’s Youtube

Leon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, prêtre) - TCFTN, Skiffleboom.com, Michael McVey 2013


Film Director WES CRAVEN Podcast on “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH,” with Special Guest Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

http://www.dvdverdict.com/mp3s/podcast1212.mp3

Film Podcast “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH features a uniquely Canadian perspective on the career and canon of renowned filmmakers.  Released through DVDVerdict.com and available on iTunes, the podcast is hosted by the diabolical Steve Power (Newfoundland), Jon Mercer (Newfoundland), Andrew Forbes (Ontario), and Gabriel Girard (Montreal).

Each week, these Canucks offer up a hearty discussion regarding the “Good,” the “Bad,” and the “Ugly” from each filmmaker’s body of work:

The “Good” selection is often a film held in the highest esteem, for quality and enjoyment.

The “Bad” selection is more middle of the road, though NOT NECESSARILY bad!  It can be a good film, but has some flaws that keep it from greatness.  It can also be a film that doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the canon.

The “Ugly” selection is the true bad selection.  It is considered the lesser or least of the director’s films, and can be skewered Mystery Science Theater 3000 style.

For episode #26 of THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH (Podcast #1212 on DVD Verdict) the crew invited me as a special guest, and we had a grand time looking back on Wes Craven’s oeuvre.  You can download the podcast here, but BEWARE!—this 2 hour discussion is for movie geeks only:

http://www.dvdverdict.com/mp3s/podcast1212.mp3

Join Jon, Steve, Andrew, and special guest Michael McVey as they celebrate and denigrate the life’s work of director/writer Wes Craven.  A Nightmare on Elm Street, Shocker, The Scream series, Red Eye, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left… what’s not to love?

You can play along at home with IMDB and Youtube pages open, looking up the facts and clips as we go.  Here is the infamous “Basketball Scene” from the 1986 cult classic “DEADLY FRIEND”—watch The Goonies‘ Anne Ramsey explode like a watermellon as Kristy Swanson does her Terminator impression:

The WES CRAVEN Playlist at Skiffleboom’s Youtube


Film Director GEORGE A. ROMERO Podcast on “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH,” with Special Guest Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

http://www.dvdverdict.com/mp3s/podcast1203.mp3

Film Podcast “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH features a uniquely Canadian perspective on the career and canon of renowned filmmakers.  Released through DVDVerdict.com and available on iTunes, the podcast is hosted by the diabolical Steve Power (Newfoundland), Jon Mercer (Newfoundland), Andrew Forbes (Ontario), and Gabriel Girard (Montreal).

Each week, these Canucks offer up a hearty discussion regarding the “Good,” the “Bad,” and the “Ugly” from each filmmaker’s body of work:

The “Good” selection is often a film held in the highest esteem, for quality and enjoyment.

The “Bad” selection is more middle of the road, though NOT NECESSARILY bad!  It can be a good film, but has some flaws that keep it from greatness.  It can also be a film that doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the canon.

The “Ugly” selection is the true bad selection.  It is considered the lesser or least of the director’s films, and can be skewered Mystery Science Theater 3000 style.

For episode #24 of THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH (Podcast #1203 on DVD Verdict) the crew invited me as a special guest, and we had a grand time looking back on Romero’s oeuvre.  You can download the podcast here, but BEWARE!—this 2 hour discussion is for movie geeks only:

http://www.dvdverdict.com/mp3s/podcast1203.mp3

Join Jon, Steve, Andrew, and special guest Michael McVey as they celebrate and denigrate the life’s work of director/writer George A. Romero.  The Night of the Living Dead series, Monkey Shines, Knightriders, Creepshow, Season of the Witch… what’s not to love?  (According to the Canadians, not a whole lot.)

You can play along at home with IMDB and Youtube pages open, looking up the facts and clips as we go.  Here is the trailer from the 1982 horror anthology classic “CREEPSHOW”—watch Ted Danson drown while Leslie Nielsen shrugs:

The George A. Romero Playlist at Skiffleboom’s Youtube

Knightriders Tom Savini 1981 George Romero Skiffleboom


Film Director PETER HYAMS Podcast on “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH,” with Special Guest Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

http://traffic.libsyn.com/dvdverdict/1189.mp3

Film Podcast “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH features a uniquely Canadian perspective on the career and canon of renowned filmmakers.  Released through DVDVerdict.com and available on iTunes, the podcast is hosted by the diabolical Steve Power (Newfoundland), Jon Mercer (Newfoundland), Andrew Forbes (Ontario), and Gabriel Girard (Montreal).

Each week, these Canucks offer up a hearty discussion regarding the “Good,” the “Bad,” and the “Ugly” from each filmmaker’s body of work:

The “Good” selection is often a film held in the highest esteem, for quality and enjoyment.

The “Bad” selection is more middle of the road, though NOT NECESSARILY bad!  It can be a good film, but has some flaws that keep it from greatness.  It can also be a film that doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the canon.

The “Ugly” selection is the true bad selection.  It is considered the lesser or least of the director’s films, and can be skewered Mystery Science Theater 3000 style.

For episode #22 of THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH (Podcast #1189 on DVD Verdict) the crew invited me as a special guest, and we had a grand time looking back on Hyams’ oeuvre.  You can download the podcast here, but BEWARE!—this 2 hour discussion is for movie geeks only:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/dvdverdict/1189.mp3

Join Jon, Steve, Andrew, and special guest Michael McVey as they celebrate and denigrate the life’s work of director/cinematographer Peter Hyams. End of Days, Timecop, Sudden Death, Capricorn One, Outland, 2010, what’s not to love?

You can play along at home with IMDB and Youtube pages open, looking up the facts and clips as we go.  Here is the trailer from the 1983 sci-fi classic “OUTLAND”—watch heads violently explode in the wake of Sean Connery’s machismo:


Film Director TIM BURTON Podcast on “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH,” with Special Guest Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

http://traffic.libsyn.com/dvdverdict/1175.mp3

Movie podcasts can be a lot of fun.  Film Podcast “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH features a uniquely Canadian perspective on the career and canon of renowned filmmakers.  Released through DVDVerdict.com and available on iTunes, the podcast is hosted by the diabolical Steve Power (Newfoundland), Jon Mercer (Newfoundland), Andrew Forbes (Ontario), and Gabriel Girard (Montreal).

Each week, these Canucks offer up a hearty discussion regarding the “Good,” the “Bad,” and the “Ugly” from each filmmaker’s body of work:

The “Good” selection is often a film held in the highest esteem, for quality and enjoyment.

The “Bad” selection is more middle of the road, though NOT NECESSARILY bad!  It can be a good film, but has some flaws that keep it from greatness.  It can also be a film that doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the canon.

The “Ugly” selection is the true bad selection.  It is considered the lesser or least of the director’s films, and can be skewered Mystery Science Theater 3000 style.

For episode #20 of THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH (Podcast #1175 on DVD Verdict) the crew invited me as a special guest, and we had a grand time looking back on Burton’s oeuvre.  You can download the podcast here, but BEWARE!—this 2 hour discussion is for movie geeks only:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/dvdverdict/1175.mp3

You can play along at home with IMDB and Youtube pages open, looking up the facts and clips as we go.  Here is the first track off the Edward Scissorhands original soundtrack to set the mood, composed by Danny Elfman…

 


Film Director MICHAEL MANN Podcast by “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH,” with Special Guest Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

http://www.dvdverdict.com/mp3s/podcast1169.mp3

Movie podcasts can be a lot of fun.  Film Podcast “THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH features a uniquely Canadian perspective on the career and canon of renowned filmmakers.  Released through DVDVerdict.com and available on iTunes, the podcast is hosted by the diabolical Steve Power (Newfoundland), Jon Mercer (Newfoundland), Andrew Forbes (Ontario), and Gabriel Girard (Montreal).

Each week, these Canucks offer up a hearty discussion regarding the “Good,” the “Bad,” and the “Ugly” from each filmmaker’s body of work:

The “Good” selection is often a film held in the highest esteem, for quality and enjoyment.

The “Bad” selection is more middle of the road, though NOT NECESSARILY bad!  It can be a good film, but has some flaws that keep it from greatness.  It can also be a film that doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the canon.

The “Ugly” selection is the true bad selection.  It is considered the lesser or least of the director’s films, and can be skewered Mystery Science Theater 3000 style.

For episode #19 of THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH (Podcast #1169 on DVD Verdict) the crew invited me as a special guest, and we had a grand time looking back on Mann’s oeuvre.  You can download the podcast here, but BEWARE!—this 2 hour discussion is for movie geeks only:

http://www.dvdverdict.com/mp3s/podcast1169.mp3

You can play along at home with IMDB and Youtube pages open, looking up the facts and clips as we go.  For starters, here is the “Leave Nothing” Nike commercial directed by Mann using the Trevor Jones music from “The Last of the Mohicans.”