2001: A Space Odyssey ★★★★★

2001: A Space Odyssey made it possible for cinema to be an art form rather than merely a medium for entertainment.  Kubrick took Douglas Adams’ novel and translated it onto film as a visually and aurally transfixing masterwork.  The use of classical music is faultless and it’s utterly spellbinding when the spacecraft waltzes across space to Johann Strauss’ The Blue Danube.  The kaleidoscope of colour as Bowman is transported through space is unlike anything cinema had witnessed before and is arguably unsurpassed to this day.