Tuesday, March 18, 2008

2008; End of a space odyssey

Oddly enough I was just mentioning to a fellow critic (via email) that Jean Jacques Annaud's excellent film Quest For Fire was likely a logical extrapolation on the opening caveman (pawing at the obelisk) scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey. I thought of Quest simply because it's the best caveman movie ever made and it's research and attempt at realism seemed in direct contrast to the ludicrous (and by all accounts really crummy) new caveman film 10,000 BC.

Anyway, the coincidence is just that we were talking about 2001 and today comes news that the legendary author of the novel that spawned the Stanley Kubrick film, Arthur C. Clarke died at the age of 90.

Just over a month ago, 2001 (and Jaws!) star Roy ("We're gonna need a bigger boat") Scheider died of multiple myeloma.

Goodbye to both.

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