Except for a single very powerful radio emission aimed at Jupiter the four-million year old black monolith has remained completely inert. It’s origin and purpose are still a total mystery…
–2001: A Space Odyssey
That’s what I was on when I had the opportunity to chat about my favorite film of all time on It’s a Classic, the podcast classic movie review podcast with my friends Kayla and Jess. It’s a Classic typically pits the two women in discussion with the former-mentioned not having grown up on classic films and the latter very much having cut her teeth on them.
I was invited to talk about 2001: A Space Odyssey because well… it’s a classic… and also because neither Kayla nor Jess liked it all that much. Rather than being thrown to the wolves, we ended up having a five-star conversation (which was recorded, no less) in which we talked about science fiction, artificial intelligence, space exploration, the nature of the soul, classical music, hypothetical endings, Kubrick’s sense of cinematography, numinous fear, HAL 9000’s motives, the novelization, and the deepest questions anyone can possibly ask about destiny and existence.
Yeah, it was candy. I love science fiction and getting to pour it out for this movie was a real treat for me.
Typically, It’s a Classic episodes are of a manageable length in terms of their runtime but I sort of interjected a long-winded flavor into the mix (read: I talked way too much). My hosts were extremely kind though, and let me run with the line! If I ever get invited back, I’ll post about it here but in the meantime, you can enjoy listening to the three of us talk about the ultimate good science fiction film (not an action film with a sci-fi premise).
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Open the pod bay doors,
-The Well-Red Mage
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