The Shining (1980)

Here is what you need to know about this film – story by Steven King, directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson. Bam! That’s it, that is gold.  A novelist/fired teacher/ drunk bastard named Jack takes a job as the winter caretaker of the isolated  Overlook Hotel. In the interview, Jack is told by the manager, that the previous caretaker – Grady, chopped his family into bits and  then blew his brains out. Not seeing how that pertains to him, Jack brings his wife Wendy and his oddball kid Danny. This creepy kid has a power known as “The Shining” that shows him thing that have happened in the past, or will happen in the future. Danny meets Hallorann – the cook on the first day at the Overlook, he also has this “Shining” and he warns him about the hotel and the sinister Room 237. As the days go by, Danny has visions of previous guests and employees who died at the hotel years before. Jack starts driving into insanity, talking to ghosts and trying to bone a few of them before they turn into monsters. As he is becoming more and more aggressive, Danny and Wendy get convinced that Jack might try to do the same thing, Grady did, and attempt to flee, but Jack has other plans for them.

Alex’s Thoughts:  I can practically hear Tim’s boner right now.  He is gay for all things Kubrick and I’m sure it will take you the rest of the day to read his thoughts, so I will keep mine brief.  Although this movie is slow in a few parts, it is absolute story-telling perfection.  Jack’s slow demise into bat-shit-craziness is pulled off so well that the fact that someone tried to remake this movie (and think they could do it better) completely pisses me off to this day.  The small cast pulls everything together and makes for a great movie.  On a side note: I sometimes close my eyes when Scatman Corothers is talking and pretend that Hong Kong Phooey is in this movie, which makes it that much better!  Alex Rates This Movie 10/10

Tim’s Thoughts: I will behave myself, YES we know this movie can be slow, but if you watch it, take in the pacing and the ambiance, you are in for a treat. It takes a while to get to some of the super crazy stuff that you see in all the movie posters, but don’t watch this just waiting for the next scare. Go into this as if you are having someone tell you a story, I know this sounds ridiculous, but if you think about what makes a strong independent movie, that doesn’t rely on cheap scares, but the actual storytelling, then you will be so rewarded (and disturbed) for you patience. Also if you are going to watch this, do not do so with a large group, all it takes is one person cracking jokes to kill the mood. There are plenty of other movies that NEED that joker, this isn’t one of them. So pop some corn and enjoy some masterful storytelling. Tim Rates This Movie 10/10

“I don’t want to hurt you.  I just want to bash your brains in.  Bash ‘em… right the fuck in.”

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