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I'm a fan of short, effective summaries, even though I can rarely write them myself. Whittling something down to its essentials gladdens my editor's heart. So here is this week's nominee: Andrew O'Hehir, writing about 2001: A Space Odyssey in his list of 40 essential films at Salon:
There may be no explaining or understanding this picture, which seems just as strange now as the day it was released, and is basically a near-abstract art film disguised as a major Hollywood release.
I saw the end of the movie on the Space Channel last week, and was reminded that there is no film like 2001, not that I've ever heard of. O'Hehir's summary tells why.