Monday, November 19, 2018

Cryptokubrology: Syncing Deaths

Cryptokubrology can sometimes overtake events. It appears obituaries are doing just that in recent days.

As I have noted before...
Cryptokubrology has been defined as "digging through the works of Stanley Kubrick on the premise that its body is a muted mass of coded cabalistic ministrations comparable (in scope) to the works of William Shakespeare, but incomparable (in complexity) to anything in recorded history. In fact, Cryptokubrology has led to an entirely different view of so-called 'history' itself." Source.

Cryptokubrology: "A useful methodology for deconstructing cinema, history, and synchronicity." ~ says Alex Fulton, January 31, 2017.

In November 2018, I and others, including Alex Fulton and Media Monarchy, began to notice the deaths of individuals linked to Stanley Kubrick and/or his films.

The first big obituary we all started exchanging notes about was of Douglas Rain. He died at the age of 90, on November 11, 2018.

Rain, who was a founding member of the Stratford (Shakespearan) Festival of Canada in 1953 and was a stage actor until 1998, will be remembered for his association with Kubrick. Rain provided the voice of the HAL 9000 computer for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and its sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984).

Then the death of Stan Lee happened the next day. Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber, December 28, 1922), the iconic cofounder (with Jack Kirby) of the Marvel Universe, died at the age of 95, on November 12, 2018.

Alex Fulton passed along a graph of the relationship of dates between Lee and Kubrick.

Fulton pointed out that Stan Lee was born exactly 2037 days before Stanley Kubrick was born and died in the 237th month after Kubrick died, the day after Douglas Rain who voiced HAL died. Cryptokubrology was visiting the dying.

Within four days, word came that another "Kubrick alumni has passed in the 237th month since Kubrick's death — RIP Pablo Ferro (1/15/35 - 11/16/18)," shared Alex Fulton on social media. Ferro was 83.

Pablo Ferro was an American graphic designer, film titles designer, and founder of Pablo Ferro Films, who had been born January 15, 1935, in Antilla, Cuba. He had created the powerful and influential title designs in Kubrick films Dr. Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange, as well as others, such as Being There, Bullit, and The Thomas Crown Affair.

The same day that Ferro died, another prominent figure in films passed away. William Goldman, born in Chicago on August 12, 1931, died at the age of 87, November 16, 2018.

Goldman was an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, and won two Oscars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President's Men (1976). He is also recalled for Marathon Man, Wild Card, and The Princess Bride.

Goldman's book Which Lie Did I Tell? mentions:
I once met Stanley Kubrick and we got to talking about what he hoped he would do next (alas). Napoleon, he said. I asked what part and this was his reply: "Everything. I want to do the whole sweep of a man's life."
Problem: movies don't do that well.
I would love to know how Kubrick would have attacked the problem.
Stanley Kubrick, the revolutionary, uncompromising movie director, died in his home outside London early Sunday morning, March 7, 1999. He was 70. He only made 13 films in his life. He delivered Eyes Wide Shut right before he died suddenly.

Alex Fulton shares another tidbit:

Eyes Wide Shut released on the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the same day JFK Jr. died—this was exactly 15300 + 153 + 153 days after the Burning Secret script date. What was Kubrick's burning secret?

This all brings me to nearly 11.22.18. Who might be the next "Kubrick" alumni to make a big sad impact on Hollywood?

It could be anyone. But this name came to mind. As well as another.

Douglas Huntley Trumbull (born April 8, 1942) is an American film director, special effects supervisor, and inventor. He contributed to, or was responsible for, the special photographic effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner and The Tree of Life, and directed the movies Silent Running and Brainstorm. He is the son of Donald Trumbull (May 27, 1909 – June 7, 2004) who created visual effects for the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz as well as later movies including Silent Running and Star Wars.

Producer James B. Harris, who turned 90, on August 3, 2018, produced the early major Kubrick films - The Killing, Paths of Glory, and Lolita.


Nicolas Roeg

On November 24, 2018, we heard about the death of Nicolas Roeg. 

Nicolas Jack Roeg (born August 15, 1928), died on November 23, 2018. He was an English director and cinematographer, best known for directing Performance (1970), Walkabout (1971), Don't Look Now (1973), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Bad Timing (1980), and The Witches (1990).

Bernardo Bertolucci

Another great director, writer, filmmaker has left us in the 237th month since Stanley Kubrick's death—Bernardo Bertolucci (March 16, 1941 – November 26, 2018). The Last Emperor, The Dreamers, The Conformist, more. R.I.P.

Samuel Hadida

Samuel Hadida, with over 70 producing credits including the Resident Evil franchise, dies unexpectedly at 64, in Santa Monica, on November 27, 2018.

Hadida, his brother & father are cofounders/coowners of Metropolitan FilmExport (American indie distributor). 

Born in Morocco, Hadida and his brother Victor have been credited with bringing popular American movies such as Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, David Fincher’s Seven and martial-arts pics starring Jean-Claude Van Damme to French theaters in the 1990s. Hadida was also well-known for his collaboration with Tony Scott on True Romance and Domino, with Constantin Film on the Resident Evil franchise and with Christophe Gans on Silent Hill.

Please note Samuel Hadida was the lead producer of the reboot of The Crow, allegedly starrring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman) - although rumors are Momoa has withdrawn from the project. Sony announced on 11/18/18 that they’ve set the new Crow movie release for 10/11/19. Hadida died suddenly on 11/27/18. 

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