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The Kubrick Stare

So I tried to do research on the Kubrick Stare. I somehow knew it to be a thing from I can’t remember when. We talked about it at parties with movie buff friends and I remember reading somewhere about it, something, I dunno … Cuz’, sure thing, I can’t find it now, fuck the nasty google goblin. Was it there at all, ever? I dunno. I guess if you want a good read about something a bit exotic, you gotta write it yourself. So ok, let’s.

What is it?

This is it:

the-kubrick-stare-gomer.jpg (1987, Full Metal Jacket, Vincent D’Onofrio as Pvt. Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence.)

It’s the single best way to shoot an actor in a guy-goes-batshit-in-a-movie type of situation. You set up a camera way high above eye level, ask the guy to move his talentless ass close to the lens and look into it under the eyebrows. Open the mouth a bit, pop the jaw out for some dental work display and voilá, you got yourself a menacing maniac or a village idiot staring you down the lens, depending on your casting abilities. (Note that some actors/tresses simply do not look menacing whichever way you turn, move, light or shoot them. As a director you’re fucked, you should’ve considered this before you drilled and hired the goddamn blonde.) The term “Kubrick Crazy Stare” was reportedly coined by Kubrick’s DP Doug Milsome, if the Kubrick FAQ is to be trusted.

The shot above is from Stanley Kubrick’s penultimate movie Full Metal Jacket where D’Onofrio plays Gomer Pyle, a timid overweight young soldier pushed beyond his limits by his drill sergeant. Instead of going on the all-American shootout rampage, Gomer goes eerily silent for a while, acknowledges the apparent collapse od humanity, withdraws at night to a spotless army toilet and blows his brains out with a named rifle after mowing down the commanding officer. Fuck you! Once you get beaten by your closest pals, you surely gotta know you’re at the end of the line.

In not so many words, it’s an emotional moment. A creepy, scary moment. A mad moment. That’s what the Kubrick Stare is all about. Now let’s take a look at how coolcat Jack does it in The Shining:

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the-kubrick-stare-shining-4.jpg (1980, The Shining, Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance.)

Jack plays a writer gone berserk from all the supernatural sauces flowing in a haunted house. (How’s this for a movie summary? Way under 140 chars, am I good or WHAT?) Proves my point (later on) that The Stare, if done right, implies some creepiness. Like with A Clockwork Orange’s tormented hero Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell:

the-kubrick-stare-orange.jpg (1971, A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell as Alex.)

Now that is creepy! Sure, I hear you, it’s all about casting, you say. Point taken, I wouldn’t trust McDowell with my kid either, he’s just that kind of a guy. But you do get my drift, don’t ya? This is a great, probably best way to shoot a psychopath in a movie. It gives the picture that, … well, … je-ne-sais-quoi psychopathish look & feel.

What about 2001?, I hear you protest, trying to fuck up my train of thought. The psychopath here is the computer, so how do you shoot The Stare with no eyebrows? Here’s how:

hal9000.jpeg (1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000 computer.)

You do it with movie magic. Don’t ask me how, cuz’ I have no fucking idea how. What I do know is that by the time HAL goes bonkers I’m already scared shitless. Maybe it’s the music, maybe it’s the implied void behind that red eye, I can’t tell. Kubrick is jerking me around per his will like a cow on a ring through it’s nose.

Then there’s this shot:

the-kubrick-stare-2001.jpg (1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Keir Dullea as Dr. Dave Bowman.)

No madness here. Just a guy climbing a ladder in space going into a fistfight. Still, it’s 99.99 on the awesome meter. Maybe the suit does it.

What it is not!

Some folks would have you believe this is a Kubrick Stare:

the-kubrick-stare-lyndon.jpg (1975, Barry Lyndon, Ryan O’Neil as Barry Lyndon.)

Fuck no! Yes, it’s a Kubrick movie, but no, this is no stare! It’s just Ryan O’Neal sitting with a stick up his ass pondering where did the make-up lady stash his Jack Daniels and when did she snatch it up. There’s little emotion, no eyebrows and no maniacal rage. I have no idea why this is being passed as The Stare. Same here:

the-kubrick-stare-eyes.jpg (1999, Eyes Wide Shut, Tom Cruise as Dr. William Harford.)

Come on, really!

In closing, here’s a quote from Roger Ebert reviewing Full Metal Jacket:

In that showdown, and at several other times in the film, Kubrick indulges his favorite closeup, a shot of a man glowering up at the camera from beneath lowered brows. This was the trademark visual in “A Clockwork Orange,” and Jack Nicholson practiced it in “The Shining.” What does it mean? That Kubrick thinks it’s an interesting angle from which to shoot the face, I think.

playboy.jpeg (Stanley Kubrick. The man.)

Damn right.

-Izmet Fekali

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Besen na župana?

Tak naslov sem ravnokar prebral nekje na spletu, o meni pišejo in moji prošnji na občini za ureditev ceste do hiše. Saj boste našli. For the record:

Ne, nisem besen na župana, ampak sem besen na škodoželjno kokoš, ki si je izmislila tak naslov članka.

Še bolj pa besen na urednico Nove, ki mi je zatrdila, da se vame ne bodo več vtikali s kretenizmi in bedarijami, če jim dam intervju. Intervju sem dal, pa mi je vseeno skočila v hrbet.

Tudi prav.

-Jonas

P.S. Aja, če bo kdo bral, naj na hitro pojasnim. Ker je lansko leto prebilo nek vodovod nad dovozno cesto do naše hiše, je deroča voda uničila dovozno pot do hiše. Pot je občinska. Ker gre v breg in skozi gozd, zaradi uničene ceste nobeden od ponudnikov plina noče dostaviti plina, kar je problem, če imaš centralno kurjavo na plin.

Zato sem na piranski občini in pri piranskem županu prosil, naj cesto vsaj minimalno uredijo, ponudil tudi, da priložim lastne cekine. Do danes nisem dobil odgovora. To je vsa zgodba. Besen nisem, sem pa v hiši toplotno hendikepiran, ker je plinska cisterna izdihnila že lani oktobra.

P.P.S. O stroških asfaltiranja omenjene poti prvič berem iz časopisja. Na občini menda pravijo, da so mi za asfaltiranje zaračunali premalo prispevka. Prjatli moji birokratski, jaz bi bil povsem zadovoljen, če bi Istrabenzova dostavna cisterna zmogla voziti po poti do hiše, zaradi mene tudi po makadamu. (Gospod župan, to sem vam osebno povedal! Saj bom še res ratal jezen!) In drugič, zakaj me o stroških ureditve poti obveščate po časopisju? Sem tudi za pošto plačal premalo prispevka?

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Urejeno

Že v petek sva si s programskim direktorjem Pop TV Brankom Čakarmišem izmenjala nekaj elektronske pošte okoli posnetka, že takrat mi je namignil, da gre najbrž za avtomatično pritožbo1 in da bo preveril v ponedeljek.

Ponedeljek je mimo, vse je urejeno, ne, na Pop TV nimajo nič proti mojemu Žižku. Na YouTubu sem izpolnil ustrezne formularje in razložil zadevo, posnetek bo kmalu nazaj, vsaj upam.

Hvala vsem, ki ste se odzvali v komentarjih in ga pomagali reševati pred pozabo.

YouTube slika preogleda

Aja, Branko mi je prvi zaželel srečo ob podpisu pogodbe s TV 3. Sem vam povedal? V petek zjutraj smo podpisali in začnemo čez kak mesec z novo serijo Trenutka resnice. Ker sem zadnje mesece zelo nerazpoložen za kakršnokoli nastopanje pred televizijskimi kamerami, (pišem nadaljevanko in imam dolgo brado, remember?,) sem se dela zelo branil, a so me prepričali.

-Jonas

  1. Seveda jih moti, kadar kdo na mrežo nalaga njihove klipe v celoti in s tem škoduje portalu Kmetije, kjer so vsi na voljo brezplačno. Proti duhovitim predelavam očitno nimajo nič.
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Res kmetija

Kaj naj rečem drugega? To je res kmetija! Se morda spomnite mojega kratkega posnetka Kmetija res slavnih? Objavil sem ga konec poletja na YouTube, zdaj ga pa ni več tam. Zakaj? Ker se je na YouTube pritožil Pop TV zaradi tistih nekaj sekund njihove špice.

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S kontra pritožbami na YouTube se seveda ne bom ukvarjal, postopek je prezapleten, se mi ne da. Bi pa na temle mestu rad opozoril tistega, ki ga je moja izposoja tako zmotila, da je moral jokat in špecat na YouTube:

Prvič, na Vesti še nikoli nismo razburjali, ko ste v 24 urah brez kakršnega koli vprašanja in navedbe vira vrteli naše posnetke, in drugič, takšnile odlomki nikomur ne delajo škode in spadajo pod popolnoma dovoljeno in sprejemljivo uporabo. Menda ne boš trdil, da vam je tale moja šala naredila škodo? Ali da sem se jaz na vaš račun s čim okoristil? Halo?

Obiskovalce bloga tako prosim, da posnetek po svojih zmožnostih razširijo naprej, tule je povezava do datoteke: Kmetija res slavnih.1

-Jonas

P.S. Morda nisem dovolj jasen, tudi mene jezi, če mi kdo preprosto ukrade kak posnetek ali fotografijo in objavi kje drugje. Vsako pravno ali drugačno akcijo v tej smeri popolnoma podpiram. Da bi se pa razburjal zaradi uporabe odlomka v novem avtorskem kontekstu, ja hudiča, to pa res ne gre, no! Kot da bi recimo Delo zagnalo vik in krik, ker je bil v 24 urah citiran odstavek iz kakega njihovega članka. Halo?

  1. Pa če bo kdo slučajno naložil na YT, naj sporoči povezavo.
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