Oh, and it's Monolith Day!

>> Sunday, January 04, 2009

I look at my smartphone, and I notice a note on the calendar section of the screen: "MONOLITH DAY."

"MONOLITH DAY?" I ask myself. "What the hell is--oh!" That's when I remember why I made the note for myself a while back, because I realized that today is Monolith Day. And it is the only Monolith Day of our lifetimes, the only Monolith Day we'll ever see, the only Monolith Day of the century! There's only one Monolith Day every one hundred years, see? And today is it.

It's Monolith Day!

Wonder if I should watch a movie to celebrate...?

And if you're not geeky enough to know why it's Monolith Day, well: see if you can divine the reason from the following movie clip.

Happy Monolith Day!


vince Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 2:38:00 PM EST  

Happy Monolith Day! And I own both 2001 and 2010. Maybe a a marathon of those movies tonight would be good.


Eric Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 3:27:00 PM EST  

Just got through watching 2001 (I don't own 2010): I swear, that movie gets better with every viewing. I found myself, this time, watching every set-up as if it were a still photo and feeling that mix of awe and envy that comes from seeing a Master's work. Kubrick's pre-film career as a photographer shows in all his movies, but I was especially struck by it today, maybe because I've been dabbling with still photos myself. The way shots are composed in 2001, it's just abso-fricking-lutely stunning.

Jeri Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 3:42:00 PM EST  

Every now and again our tastes diverge, Eric, and this is one of those times. I'm not a 2001 (or 2010) fan... I found them cold and a bit boring.

An essential requirement for me in film and books is that they be character driven. I need an entry point into the story beyond sense of wonder - so while visually and conceptually stunning, these have never done it for me.

Jim Wright Monday, January 5, 2009 at 4:51:00 PM EST  

You must have fallen asleep during that scene where Roy Scheider was chasing the alien through Discovery's air ducts, Jeri.


And I love 2010.

Shawn Powers Monday, January 5, 2009 at 5:25:00 PM EST  


I've never seen or read 2001 or 2010.

Which should I do first?

Carol Elaine Monday, January 5, 2009 at 5:34:00 PM EST  

Shawn, I've seen 2001 (on the big screen in 70mm - first time I saw it and the only way to see it, if at all possible), but not 2010 (though I have read the book). Watch 2001 first, then read the novel 2001 by Arthur C. Clarke. It's interesting to see how they diverge, even though the book was written concurrently with the production of the movie. Both excellent in their own ways.

I'll have to see 2010 soon - CuteFilmNerd has mentioned it several times recently.

Dr. Phil (Physics) Monday, January 5, 2009 at 10:23:00 PM EST  

2001 is a great film, but I'll freely admit not everyone's cup of tea. Still, it is one of the few SF films ever where there is not a false note in any of the space or model work.

Need something more exciting? 2010 is your film. Superb cast, including Helen Mirren as the Russian commander, it is updated and yet still the space scenes are without peer compared to nearly every other space epic ever filmed, save for 2001. The book of 2010 is fittingly more cerebral than the movie, but give the movie a chance. And I'd see 2001 first, then 2010. IMHO.

Dr. Phil

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