2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (G)
Just in time for 2001’s 50th birthday, iTunes becomes the first streaming service to present this landmark work of science fiction in the visually pristine 4K format ( just doublecheck your TV or monitor can handle 4K before you take the plunge, OK?). This regular on most best-film-of-all-time lists hasn’t dated all that badly. Although its projections for a future of interplanetary travel and exploration are yet to land in the relevant ballpark (geez, when was the last time we even bothered going to the moon?), 2001’s depiction of man’s uneasy relationship with technology is more eerily on the money than ever before. Director Stanley Kubrick’s amazing marriage of music and images — seen at its absolute best in the space ballet of the capsule docking to the strains of Strauss’ The Blue Danube waltz — points to what we can achieve as a species when we put our minds to it. Conversely, one of the most indecipherable endings ever committed to celluloid reminds us there are some things we will never comprehend, no matter how hard we try.