‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 321

#320/ 365 – ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968) – 141 mins
IMDb Challenge #198 / 250 – Ranked #87 – DVD Collection

At the dawn of man, a mysterious monolith triggers an evolutionary leap in primates. Millennia later, a monolith uncovered on the moon emits a radio signal to Jupiter and a manned mission is sent to investigate. The only drawback is a psychotic and self-aware computer called HAL…

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” – mean’t it was time to encounter and be entranced once again by Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece and his and Arthur C. Clarke’s whole portrayal on the philosophical evolution of Man.

So in a nutshell. The Dave (Keir Dullea) and HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain) scenes are effective and high quality drama at its best, Oscar-winning, ground-breaking special effects, the score has to be one of the most effective and entrancing uses of classical music in any film.

2001: A Space Odyssey is a film that defined the sci-fi genre. Whilst its not for everyone and is a film that you can really only watch every 2 years but when you do its a true classic that remains fresh, hypnotic, and dazzlingly beautiful. – its quite unlike anything else.

#321/ 365 – ‘Amelie’ (2001) – 122 mins
IMDb Challenge #199 / 250 – Ranked #45 – DVD Collection

In the heart of Paris, Amélie (Audrey Tautou) brings joy to her friends, secretly sorting out the sad little problems in their lives. But when she discovers a strange photo album belonging to Nino, she realises that she is in love and has problems of her own.

Wow. This was my first time of watching Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s upbeat comedy. Everything about Amelie is designed to make you feel good and it just does wonderfully so from start-to-finish. From its playful humor to its charismatic star Audrey Tautou who is simply adorable as the cafe waitress who spends her days doing little things to improve other people’s lives even at the expense of her own love life. This is one the most intriguing aspects of the film, in the manner in which Amelie chooses to help others. Rather than going about things in a straightforward manner, she devises intelligent schemes in the process.

With it being vibrant, and visually spectacular in a colour scheme bathed in glowing in reds and greens with shades of blue and yellow, Amelie is sweet, delicate, and like a fine wine – it will improve with age.

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