As a tribute to Kubrick on his birthday, I want to share one of my favorite scenes from my favorite movie of his, A Clockwork Orange. The fight between Alex and the Cat Lady is just ace, from the dark comedy to the cheeky use of music.
None of the battles in Avengers: Endgame has a patch on this epic showdown, let me tell ya!
The Kubrick Stare, sometimes referred to as the Kubrick Glare, is a common camera shot of an actor in most of Stanley Kubrick’s films. The Kubrick Glare has been called the “heavy-browed look of insanity”. Roger Ebert said he simply thought Kubrick found it an interesting angle with which to shoot the human face. Regardless, the actor is filmed by Kubrick at a specific angle with their head tilted slightly down, looking up, sometimes with the teeth exposed but always with a detached, menacing, angry, diabolical, evil or mad look in their eye.
“The Kubrick Stare” in Film:
The Avengers (2012) dir. Joss Whedon
Gladiator (2000) dir. Ridley Scott
The Crow (1994) dir. Alex Proyas
American Beauty (1999) dir. Sam Mendes
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) dir. Quentin Tarantino
Psycho (1960) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) dir. Stanley Kubrick
Donnie Darko (2001) dir. Richard Kelly
Mulholland Drive (2001) dir. David Lynch
The exclusion of Jack Nicholson in The Shining in this list is shameful.