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Four Stanley Kubrick Movies That You Shouldn't Watch When You're Sleepy

By Edited Jul 22, 2016 0 0

It has recently come to my attention that Stanley Kubrick movies can sometimes put people to sleep. This doesn't mean they're necessarily bad. In fact, most of them are absolute masterpieces, but they need to be viewed by people who are mentally alert. Several Stanley Kubrick Movies are especially coma inducing despite the fact that they're generally brilliant. I will list them below.

The Shining

This movie is actually quite terrifying, and probably one of the greatest horror movies of all time, but it's also really deliberate in its pacing. The scenes stretch out in a hypnotic kind of way, and gradually the viewer may be entranced. This is not a good thing when you're also feeling a little drowsy. The shining has the added disadvantage of possibly giving you terrible nightmares after you pass out, which makes it one of the worst Stanley Kubrick movies to watch when you're feeling sleepy.

Barry Lyndon

This film is an incredible achievement in several ways, and it has some of the most beautiful visuals of any movie ever made, but it's also really, really, really long. If you're going to watch Barry Lyndon, drink some coffee first.

2001: A Space Odyssey

There's no question that this film is a masterpiece, and it absolutely changed cinema forever, but it requires an active mind to fully appreciate. A sleepy person will probably drift off during the opening moments with the monkeys, and if not, they're unlikely to make it through the long section with classical music and people doing random stuff in zero gravity. If they finally make it to the story, their sleep deprived brains will not be able to appreciate the full implications of the narrative, and they'll probably end up hating the movie.

Eyes Wide Shut

Despite all the sex and general depravity, this Stanley Kubrick film doesn't exactly jump out of the gate with pulse-pounding action, and it's actually not one of the best Stanley Kubrick movies anyway. Eyes Wide Shut is decent enough if you pay close attention, but it's also the kind of film that sometimes puts people to sleep when they're feeling frisky, so drowsy people shouldn't even bother. They don't call it eyes wide shut for nothing.



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