Stanley Kubrick's Go-To Perspective in Film

Stanley Kubrick/Photo: Public domain
Stanley Kubrick/Photo: Public domain

If you don't know what one-point perspective is, then please allow Stanley Kubrick to demonstrate. A new video catalogs the director's many uses of this camera angle, set to the evocative (if over-used) Clint Mansell composition "Lux Aeterna." This music originally stems from Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream" -- a film that heavily featured Kubrickian trademarks such as Steadicam and one-point perspective.

Two things Americans love: disaster movies, and movie disasters. That practically makes the failure of "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure" a cause for celebration -- the film probably just suffered the worst opening weekend of all time. There's still time in 2012 for another movie to flop harder, but what are the odds that anyone will pull in less than the Oogieloves' $207 per theater?

Did you know that your Mac's built-in dictionary contains "Word Notes," comments on certain words pulled from texts by authors like David Foster Wallace? Or at least, it will as long as you don't upgrade to version 10.7 or 10.8; they seem to have scrubbed the feature in the new editions. Here's one of DFW's canny observations, about the word "pulchritude": "A paradoxical noun because it means beauty but is itself one of the ugliest words in the language ... part of a tiny elite cadre of words that possess the very opposite of the qualities they denote. Diminutive, big, foreign, fancy (adjective), colloquialism, and monosyllabic are some others."

You may not be able to experience the thrill of having a real alien burst out of your chest, but you can enjoy a 3-D simulation via an app called Augmented Reality. See the demo for yourself. The magic begins once your phone's camera hones in on a special sensor on your T-shirt. Is this the future of movie promotion, or just a silly toy? Either way, I can't help wishing it came with an animated flamethrower option so you could exterminate the little bugger.