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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
Since 2006, it is likely that the project has changed hands, and likely more reputable ones (after all, this is a Kubrick script we are talking about here). The whole concept of another film from the great director
I donít buy into conspiracy theories, especially not conspiracy theories as utterly ridiculous as this one: Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing and then left clues admitting what heíd done in The Shining. Thatís the premise being put forward
Though it's not a horror movie, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey still contains some of the scariest stuff I have seen in a film. No, I'm not talking about the giant baby, but rather HAL 9000, the on-board computer system of Spaceship Discovery