Although I have only seen three of his films so far, I would definitely consider Stanley Kubrick as one of my favorite directors, if not my absolute favorite. What Kubrick did with his films was completely different from anyone else out there, and it is especially remarkable that he was so well-known and respected by a mainstream audience. It's ironic, because some of the elements of his films are so avant-garde compared with typical Hollywood films, yet he managed to live and thrive among that scene. I dearly wish that there were mainstream directors out there now as daring as Kubrick was. I eventually intend to see The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, but so far, I have just seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, and Full Metal Jacket. 2001 is my favorite Kubrick film that I've seen, and is also one of my favorite films, period. Everything about this film is flawless to me; it is just a total masterpiece in film. I get shivers down my spine whenever I watch it, whether those shivers are sustained from beautiful scenes (the floating space ships and classical music) or from startling ones (Dave Bowman's trip through another dimension). I could discuss the notable qualities of this film for a long time, but I'm not going to dive into them quite yet. It took me several times to fully understand the humor and plotline of Dr. Strangelove, but now I think that it is a fantastic, hilarious film. The way that it mocks the proceedings of governments is just brilliant. "You're going to have to answer to the Coca-Cola company"...lol. I just saw Full Metal Jacket for the first time recently, and that was also very, very good, although not nearly as good as the other two I've seen from Kubrick. I think that the camera work creates an incredibly intense, visceral effect, which works perfectly with the story being told, and the acting is also excellent. And once again, I can't think of anything that's quite like it, even in the genre of war-themed films.