Technology: Progressive or Regressive? Kubrick’s 2001 and Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes

“Man is a social animal, distinguished by ‘culture’: by the ability to make tools and communicate ideas. Employment of tools appears to be his chief biological characteristic” (Oakley). Directors Stanley Kubrick and Franklin J. Schaffner maintain Oakley’s assertion as they insinuate a growing dependence of human nature to technology. Both films, Franklin J. Schaffner’s Planet … Read moreTechnology: Progressive or Regressive? Kubrick’s 2001 and Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes

“2001: A Space Odyssey”: Exploring the Boundaries of Human Knowledge

When Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” was first released to the public, audiences and critics did not know what to make of it. Here was a film with minimal dialogue, long, obscure sequences that seemed to stretch to infinity, and little explanation for the bizarre turning points that unraveled before the viewer. However, it … Read more“2001: A Space Odyssey”: Exploring the Boundaries of Human Knowledge

The Fear of Loss in Science Fiction: Thematic Analysis of “The Third Expedition” and 2001: A Space Odyssey

What if the future of the human race were determined by a black, rectangular block? Though it may sound strange, that is exactly what happens in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). When a monolith is placed on Earth, the line between animal and human becomes blurred. Through the exploration of space and artificial … Read moreThe Fear of Loss in Science Fiction: Thematic Analysis of “The Third Expedition” and 2001: A Space Odyssey

In Traces: The Human and Posthuman in 2001: A Space Odyssey

In itself, the term “posthuman” publicly pays its respects to that which it moves past – the human. As is implied, the posthuman will often hold valuably many qualities of the human that precedes it. Stanley Kubrick’s multiple visions of the posthuman in his landmark 1968 science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey do just … Read moreIn Traces: The Human and Posthuman in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Major Themes of 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey, by acclaimed science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, is a tale of human evolution as guided by a higher intelligence, making it a landmark in literary achievement. Rather than focusing on an isolated moment in history, 2001 spans the entire course of mankind’s development, from the most primitive cavemen to the … Read moreMajor Themes of 2001: A Space Odyssey