The local (Madison, WI) Sundance Theater had a special showing of "2001" this week and I was fortunate enough to see it. A couple of thoughts:
-The film holds up remarkably well; special effects look better than ever. The smooth, subtile movement of the space ships is very relaxing compared to the current trends.
-The audience was overwhelmingly male, but there was a wide span in ages. There were teenagers and 70-somethings. I hasten to add that most of them looked like they hadn't seen a shower or a razor in weeks, which I found slightly humorous.
-If you have an active bladder, it might not be the best idea to buy the 72-ounce soda for a 2-1/2 hour film. The guy sitting in front of me had to get up 4 times to pee.
-My girlfriend had never seen 2001. It was her idea to go. She sat patiently through the whole thing. On the way out, her only comment was "What the fuck was that?" BUT...on the way home, she started asking questions, indicating that the film had worked its legendary magic on her imagination.