03/12/2005: Since they don't make Cliff's Notes for movies (last I looked, anyway)....
here's an interesting website: Kubrick2001: The Space Odyssey Explained. A Flash animation (in four parts), purporting to explain some of the deeper points in Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece: 2001: A Space Odyssey. I'm not sure they've nailed it all, but it makes some interesting points, and I don't feel qualified myself to say they're full of BS.
According to the source that pointed me to this site, this year the folks who produced this animation are supposed to do something similar for Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb. I'll definitely have to keep my eyes out for that.
Len on 03.12.05 @ 10:07 AM CST