Late Night Cult Classics at The Loft Cinema! The greatest cult movies of all-time are back on the big screen!
“A masterpiece that can still leave you dizzy with wonder. As much as any movie ever made, this visionary science-fiction tale of space travel and first contact with extraterrestrial life is a spellbinding experience.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Three million years ago, a mysterious black monolith appeared out of nowhere and gave a pack of unruly apes a whole lot of new ideas … and thus begins Stanley Kubrick’s awe-inspiring sci-fi head trip, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Based on Arthur C. Clark’s story “The Sentinel,” this mind-blowing meditation on technology and humanity thrillingly hypothesizes mankind’s evolution from ape to astronaut to celestial being, while scientists Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) do battle with a snarky artificial intelligence unit named HAL and eventually try to crack the mystery of those baffling black monoliths. With assistance from special effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology in service of a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Eschewing traditional narrative structure and embracing a tone of mythic transcendence, 2001, provocatively promoted as "the ultimate trip," quickly caught on with the late ‘60s counterculture audience open to a contemplative (ie chemically enhanced) viewing experience of a film carefully designed to take them on an odyssey they would never forget. Nominated for four Academy Awards and a winner for its landmark visual effects—the only official Academy recognition Kubrick received in his career. (Dir. by Stanley Kubrick, 1968, USA/UK, 141 mins., Rated G) Digital