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There are two nearly undeniable truths about Stanley Kubrick version of Stephen Kingís The Shining. One is that The Shining is an absolutely terrifying horror movie. The other is that Stephen King hates that movie with the fiery passion of 1,000 burning suns.
Imagine if The Shining spent a summer following the Grateful Dead around living on nothing but mushrooms and LSD. And if that had a bad trip, I suspect it would look something like The Chickening.
Sir Ridley Scott has admitted that Stanley Kubrick's helicopter footage from The Shining was used in the conclusion to Blade Runner, making one of cinemas finest endings even better.
The Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King's The Shinning, is expanding to include a museum and fully functioning film studio, meaning that it's going to be harder to do all work and no play.
This amazing mashup of The Shining and The Grand Budapest Hotel flows so smoothly it makes you want to get out your tinfoil hat and ponder if it was too perfect.
The Shining is a lot of things to a lot of people, but at least we can all agree it's a pretty good movie. That said, what's the truth behind those conspiracy theories surrounding the film's message?
Never in a million years have the words, "Stanley Kubrick Is In A Disney Film," ever crossed our minds. Yet Brad Bird couldn't help but temporarily write the brooding genius into a Tomorrowland cameo that was eventually deleted.
There is little debate or question that Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick are two of the greatest filmmakers to ever walk this earth. But what may surprise you is that the styles of their respective films work work rather tremendously together - as seen in this awesome new super cut.
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Stanley Kubrick was a film genius, but apparently he's also a bit cheap. Malcolm McDowell discusses Kubrick's cheap tendencies during filming of A Clockwork Orange.
There has been some real garbage movies made from Stephen King books. (Dreamcatcher and Sleepwalkers come to mind.) But no matter how many years pass, the author behind Carrie, Christine and Pet Cemetery still loathes the best-regarded horror movie based on his works. King still can't stand Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
Filmmakers nowadays are finding that itís pretty hard to get their dream-films off the ground. But itís always been this way for directors. Even some of the greatest men to ever set foot behind the camera have struggled to find funding for their passion movies, and this includes the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Chaplin, both of whom wanted to make biopics on Napoleon Bonaparte, Orson Welles, and, ahem, Mel Gibson.
Itís pretty astounding these videos donít have tens of thousands more views, given how professional they look. Iíd call it a conspiracy, but I think the documentary Room 237 may have already included it.
While there were scads of remarkable movies at NYFF this year, none was as fun to watch in a crowd as Room 237. Leaping from one man's insistence that the whole film is Kubrick's confession for a historical deception, to other devoted fan's claims The Shining is about the Nazis, or the white man's destruction of the Native Americans, it's easy to get entangled in a group titter.
Grateful for their consultations and the contribution of the company's Logo to the film, Kubrick had planned to include IBM in the end credits. But before those were finalized he wanted to be sure this thanks would be welcomed by the company, since the computer at the movie's center is essentially a cold-blooded murderer. So, he asked Roger Caras, the Vice President of Kubrick's production company Polaris Productions, to check into the matter.
The clip shows very little beyond some positive quotes and that carpet Ö whose pattern plays into one of the bizarre theories floated in the film. The trailerís a bit misleading, however, as it claims to hold the answers to some of the Shiningís deepest mysteries. And Room 237 does not have answers.
If youíre going to be in the Rochester, New York area next month and youíre a fan of horror films, you might want to check out the Dryden Theater. Just in time for Halloween, the theater will be screening a rare uncut version of Stanley Kubrickís The Shining.
Letís consider this the final word on how much filmmakers care about the job theater projectionists do with their movies. The following is a letter from Stanley Kubrick, sent to theaters with prints of Barry Lyndon in 1975. The message not only stresses just how much work went into the film...
While 17 extra minutes of that film could potentially be mind numbing, it will still be interesting to see what else Kubrick had up his sleeve for 2001. The movie itself could have been executed a bit better
Not everyone appreciates the odd eccentricities of film virtuoso Stanley Kubrick, but most people can get behind a batch of kick-ass artwork and thatís what Iíve got for you this early morning