For a person who claims to be a film lover there are some huge gaps in my movie consumption. With the help of the late Roger Ebert’s essay compilation The Great Movies I hope to correct that. Roger and I begin our journey with Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2001 is not my first Kubrick experience, though in many ways it feels like it is. Dr. Strangelove has a lot of fun with its themes, but it is mostly straightforward; and The Shining is… The Shining. 2001 is the first time I have really seen the kind of movie that would prompt viewers to come up with fantastical theories like the ones found in the documentary Room 237.