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Are you f...ing kidding me?!! How can you choose between these two masterpieces? I'll go with 2001 because it was such an avant-garde piece of work but man...
I totally agree with your comment.
Given your choice of profile picture, I'm not surprised ;D
Star Child ordered the hit on Don Corleone.
Don Corleone said "For once, I've got no better offer" ;)
GODFATHER is a great flick, but it is limited by being simply the best film of its kind. 2001 was a new kind of film, something emulated by the great filmmakers, inspiring a watershed of daring cinema. GODFATHER inspired films that we really didn't need and never equaled the original, so "watershed" just doesn't apply. So if it didn't really do anything new and didn't lead anywhere great, 2001 simply has to take the prize. Oh, and 2001 is also twice as good.
Godfather for me. I'd rather watch it again eternally over everything.
2001: A Space Odyssey is a rarer masterpiece. It's not often that you see high science fiction of its caliber. And I can't even call The Godfather the best mob film of all time, believe it or not. The Departed holds that crown.
I don't understand, how could Star Child have ordered the hit on Don Corleone? He doesn't appear in the chronology of 2001 until the very end, The attempts on Vito take place in the 40's or 50's... some 50 years (at least) before the Star Child is "conceived."
2001 is my hands-down favourite movie of all time. The Godfather is amazing, but I've got to give it to HAL.
Dude, you're crazy, that blinking light's got nothing on Brando!
This is a rough one. Both could be part of a class for aliens visiting earth, learning about humainty. Both iconic, 2001 gets the nod for being way ahead of its time.
The Godfather, but just by a smidgen.
2001: A Space Odyssey by a smidgen.
2001 wins out in this battle. Ahead of its time and the best Sci-fi movie ever made. Such a well made movie that makes use of everything the medium has to offer.
It's a very tough choice but I'm going with the Godfather
2001, for achieving higher consciousness through film, and because the Godfather is good but vastly overrated.
What admiralpiet said flipped and reversed. (Barring the higher conciousness metaphysics stuff of course.)
Don't get me wrong,2001 is one of my favorite films,But the Godfather...It's a movie you can't not fall in love with,It unfolds in a near-flawless fashion.
2001 for sure
I'll go with the Godfather. Lot of strong opinions here for 2001, but it just didn't work for me like Godfather did...
Both in my top 5. But 2001: A Space Odyssey will take this round.
The only reason is I get mildly annoyed at the amount of times the main theme in the godfather is played. Such a small complaint. But when dealing with two masterpieces, there's really only small complaints left.
i'm sorry but this is impossible. no, i mean it, this is absolutely impossible. the two are completely different from one another, and i love them both so much. but this site made by the devil is forcing me to choose, so i'll have to go with the godfather, only because i haven't seen it as much as 2001, and so has been less worn out.
This choice isn't impossible for me. It's definintely The Godfather.
Both are great ofkoz, but I'll have to go with 2001, just because I was stunned bit more after seeing this.
Godfather was the first film that truly interested me in cinema and I think it's a film anyone can love but 2001 is different its more out there the godfather is a strait forward story but 2001 is more of a Rorschach test you are the interpreter and there are hundreds of interpretations of the film but you decide what to believe and while the godfather was somewhat innovative it didn't break new ground like 2001 which is why i consider 2001 to be the better film but they are both great love 2001's musical score
2001 is just perfect.Fantastic visuals!
Both are fine films that shaped cinema and their respected genres for life, but The godfather had better acting and plot.
The Godfather owns
Both are masterpieces, but I have to give this one to the Godfather.
The Godfather. 91% sure.
2001 for me.
I can't watch a 4 hour movie ever in my life. I was very disappointed in The Godfather. I loved 2001
I can't believe 2001 is winning this. The Godfather dude. No fucking contest. The acting, the writing, the cinematography - The Godfather beats 2001 in every single department. Okay maybe not in the SFX department but The Godfather wasn't a sci-fi flick, remember? No director can beat the Coppola of the 70s. Not even Kubrick. The Godfather had masterful direction and an engaging story. 2001 can't compare. Plus, only one of these films was actually entertaining and it wasn't 2001.
Yeah, The Godfather by about 2001 miles.
The Godfather for sure.
2001 kinda suffers Trout Mask Replica syndrome; it's got this spurious reputation for being totally inaccessible and artsy, so you're either gonna make up your mind from the getgo and put the film through all kinds of confirmation bias, or come out of it like "what's the big deal?"
A lot of those visual and musical choices go right for your instinctive parts--right for the lizard brain--totally bypassing all the cerebral blah blah calculated blah Kubrick too tired to make any grammatical sense, you know what I mean.
So anyway, 2001.
Oh, and Brando wasn't even that good in The Godfather for christ sake. Suitable, but usually too affected and cartoony.
2001, easily. The Godfather didn't have a space fetus, or a star gate light show, or things floating around in space set to classical music. Alright, joking aside, The Godfather is more my kind of movie.
The Godfather for me
Going with my home dawg Kubrick. We real tight and stuff.
The Godfather definitely! Need to watch it again and enjoy it more but I did not like most of 2001 A Space Odyssey.
on Mar 7
Both movies could legitimately be #1 on someone's all-time list without me questioning their taste in movies. Godfather gave us a rather unrealistic peek into the lifestyle of the mafia. 2001 inspired us to think outside of the box. It's sci-fi but ironically, it infers there's a higher form of intelligence looking down on us all and ultimately in control of the process of evolution. Really, it's suggesting that science and religion can and does co-exist. Breath-taking when you think about it. And this is decades after the movie came out. Much of this line of thinking has been expressed in today's society, but at the time 2001 hit the big screen, I'm sure this line of thinking was pretty uncommon. And I'm sure that no one had scripted a movie that accurately portrays such thinking. I'd even venture to say that 2001 probably sparked some of today's views on the matter. I'd imagine this movie was completely mind-blowing back when it first came out considering we hadn't even had our first lunar exploits at the time. As great as Godfather is, 2001 wins on originality, innovation, and its thought-provoking quality.
on Apr 12
HOLY CRAP! The Godfather is the fucking greatest film ever made in my opinion. 2001 A Space Odyssey is so horribly paced that it feels like it goes on for 2001 minutes! The only engaging aspect of the film was the visuals and the music...but visuals cannot make the film great without an engaging plot, and no that doesn't require any action sequences of any sort.. A prime example of that is the masterpiece 12 Angry Men..The Godfather is so rich with amazing characters and a fantastic plot, and a film I could watch everyday...I don't think I'll ever be able to sit through 2001. The Godfather masters in writing, acting, cinematography and everything else PiccoloKing mentioned! The Godfather, the Godfather...There can only be one answer
on Apr 15
See, this is where I think the greatness of 2001 eludes many people. It's not just about "amazing characters" and "fantastic plots". It's a movie that dares to delve into the most two most thought-provoking topics of all time: 1. The origin of humanity; 2. The meaning of life. Whereas Godfather has great characters and a great plot, 2001 accomplishes a greater feat with accurately portraying outer space as well as creating a movie that gives you enough to broaden your imagination about our origin and purpose but also strategically withholds so that it leaves room for you to further imagine. With 2001, Kubrick basically kick-starts your thinking process and then takes the training wheels off of your brain and says, "Go!!!" As for re-watchability, I've watched 2001 about 5 times this year!!! No kidding. I love the movie. Every time I watch it, I my appreciation for it grows stronger. I don't fault anyone for picking Godfather over 2001 because they're both all-time great movies. However, I don't understand how anyone can fault the next person for choosing 2001 over Godfather. In my opinion, they're both atop their respective genres. I just tend to lean toward a great sci-fi film more so than a great mafia movie.
This is the matchup of the 2 of greatest movies in history. If I'd choose 2001 I'd say that no film in history made me feel so...confused and blown-away at the same time. I would say that is the most revolutionary film in history. However The Godfather on the other hand blew me away with it's characters and narrative. So for me it's feeling vs. narrative. I will probably go with the Godfather because it's highest on my list, and the reason for that is because I watched it recently. But who knows it might change when I see 2001: A Space Odyssey. As I said "This is the matchup of the 2 of greatest movies in history"!
on Apr 16
Great comment, nononsense! Yeah, this is really a matchup where you can't go wrong with either choice. And I, too, watch 2001 a few times a year, so rewatchability is not an issue with me here. Also, I still don't get the pacing issue that SLionsCricket is having with the film. I am of the opinion that you don't need a plot to make a good film. Is having one appreciated? Yeah, but it's not vital for a film to be of high quality. There are different methods of exploring the world of cinema and the basic way of story/plot+character is perfectly acceptable- as is a more abstract approach. I'm not attacking, just saying that some people like their films more traditionally structured, while others prefer it to be more indirect. So, I wouldn't say 2001's pace is off at all (I think it's paced perfectly fine, actually)- it just takes a different route which leads to what I think is a more immersive experience.
on Apr 18
Thank you Boonmee. It's quite alarming how polarizing 2001 tends to be. Most people that have seen it either love it or hate it. It's either one of the best movies you've seen or one of the worst you've seen. Not much in between with this movie and it's fans and critics. I personally find it to be the most intriguing and thought-provoking movie I've ever laid eyes on... without question.
on Apr 25
I don't hate 2001, I admire it greatly as a movie. But in order for a film to be "thought-provoking" or "deep" for me, I first have to care about what's going on onscreen, and in that department 2001 fails considerably. That's why I could never love it as a film. I have to say I thought I was going to dislike The Godfather, but I never felt it overstayed its welcome (and that was at 4AM doing an all-nighter). 2001 feels like the longer film, oddly enough. I need to watch both again, but honestly (and this surprises me considering how much I enjoy Sci-Fi as a genre), The Godfather wins for now.
on May 2
2 of my favs. the godfather wins.
on May 4
Skywalker, I've seen how you've resurrected a lot of Godfather matchups. I admire your fandom of it. In fact, that's the exact same affinity I have for 2001. I currently have Casablanca as #1 on my list with 2001 at #2. I've been seriously considering revising my list to place 2001 over Casablanca. But were talking all-time greats here. Flickchart really causes you to make some very difficult decisions. I respect you for your appreciation for The Godfather, but 2001 is my choice here. Both films are the epitome of art in the movie industry. I personally can't tear myself away from the intrigue and mystique of 2001. That's what wins it for me. Just a matter of preference when comparing these two all-time greats though.
on May 5
Well its not that i consider TGF to be superior. I just like it a bit more. But i also really really love 2001- its a very close 2nd. I don't mind watching it win. I'm new to flickchart & i'm currently busy with TGF but i'll move to 2001 real soon. I've watched both of these movies many many times & i just love them more & more. BTW i didn't like either one on 1st viewing!
on May 12
The Godfather is widely regarded as the best film of all time and it is executed almost perfectly.
2001: A Space Odyssey, on the other hand, has a lot more faults and is a very artistic film. I'm still not too sure whether I love it or hate it; it's so boring but so beautiful. I struggle to get my head round it!
I thought that Godfather was a film that I wouldn't see again in a hurry but, compared to 2001, it is a very easy film to watch.
I'm going to go with The Godfather for now but my opinion may change once I have reached the enlightenment of truly understand Kubrick's definitive sci-fi film.