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The current Kubrick ratings

January 27, 2010

As a public service I am posting my current Kubrick ratings. Kubrick ratings are important because Stanley K. is the best film director of all time. This is not based on the amount of work — he only directed 13 features, and that includes “Fear and Desire” and Killer’s Kiss” which are his lesser works. So, let’s say 11 honest-to-goodness features. Many directors cranked out far more films than Stan. But the K. dude had the biggest impact with the fewest times at bat. Of his 11 major works, Stan directed five bona fide masterpieces: “Paths of Glory” (1957), “Dr. Strangelove” (1964), “2001” (1968), “A Clockwork Orange” (1971), and “Barry Lyndon” (1975). He was 5 for 11 at blasting it out of the park. That’s a whopping 45% of all his films. And from 1964 to 1975, all his films were boffo. What a run.

Now, I love much of Spielberg and Kurosawa and Bergman and Ford and Wyler and many, many others, but they can’t come close to that percentage of pure masterpieces.

Stan rules.

Now for the ratings.

Top rank (in order of bestest).

1. 2001

2. Dr. Strangelove

3. Barry Lyndon

4. Paths of Glory

5. A Clockwork Orange.

Of the second rank (yet still magnificent stuff)

6. The Shining

7. Lolita

8. Spartacus

9. The Killing

The clunkers (as in oops!)

10. Eyes Wide Shut

11. Full Metal Jacket

That’s it for now. I may shuffle these around (although “Eyes” and “Full Metal” will always be clunkers. Even a master makes mistakes). I may reaffirm my selections. But there’s no question that Stanley is tops with me.

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