Cultural Centre to host Kubrickfest

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Later this month, Stanley Kubrick is taking over the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (MJCC).

“His movies are pop culture phenomenon. Lots of people consider them to be cinema masterpieces,” said Mandy Higgins, marketing co-ordinator at the MJCC. “Some people consider him to have reinvented films and what they could do and he has a stock of very interesting movies that he’s directed that we could choose from as well.”

The Kubrickfest film festival will take place at the MJCC in the Mae Wilson Theatre from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. On Jan. 28, the movie will be Spartacus (1960) rated PG-13; on Jan. 28, the movie will be 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) rated G; on Jan. 30 the movie will be The Shining (1980) rated R; on Jan. 31 the movie will be A Clockwork Orange (1971) rated R; and on Feb. 1 the movie will be Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) rated PG.

The movies start at 7:30 p.m. each night and the doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per movie at the door. There will be cash only and general seating.

The two movies rated R required children under 17 to have an accompanying parent or guardian.

Kubrickfest is the MJCC’s fourth film festival. Higgins said during the first film festival of Alfred Hitchcock movies, the MJCC asked for feedback on future movie weeks and Kubrick’s name came up.

For those who have never seen a Kubrick film, Kubrick’s films can’t be classified by a specific genre, she said. Unlike Hitchcock films, classified as suspense movies, Kubrick’s films don’t fit into any one category.

“I was watching a documentary about him on the weekend called Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and watching that documentary had reinforced something I had always thought about Stanley Kubrick in that he’s genre-less, You can’t really pin down or describe what genre his movies are,” said Higgins.

“Stanley Kubrick kind of reinvented, kind of dabbled in a new genre every time he did something and not only that, the genres that he experimented with were kind of blurred.”

For instance, she said some might classify 2001: A Space Odyssey as a science fiction film. She said it’s much more than that.

“It’s kind of a question-asking movie framed in a science fiction frame,” said Higgins. “Same with The Shining. The Shining could be described as a horror movie and a lot of people think it’s scary, but another documentary I watched called Room 237 is a documentary entirely about theories people have about the real meaning of The Shining.

“A lot of people think … Stanley Kubrick directed it and created it to ask questions about different things and that it’s not just a straight forward horror movie.”

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a “hysterically funny movie,” she said, but once again it asks other questions.

“All his movies, you could say they have a genre and put them in there, but they’re always more than that. They ask questions about humanity and what we do and that sort of thing,” said Higgins. “Kubrick is constantly challenging the viewer with the scenes he writes and the scenes he sets up and how things are filmed … They are all brilliant.”

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Organizations: MJCC, Mae Wilson Theatre

Geographic location: Pictures

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