Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Thirty-three years after its release, The Shining is regarded by most cinephiles and horror junkies as one of the all-time highlights of the genre. But there are a still a few who don’t agree with that assessment, and one of them is a guy who knows the story better than anyone.
In a recent interview, Stephen King, who wrote the original source material, stated that he regards Stanley Kubrick‘s film as “cold.” In addition, he takes particular issue with the portrayal of Shelley Duvall‘s character Wendy Torrance, whom he believes to be “”one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film.” Strong words, those. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Friday July 26, Gallery 1988 will turn Melrose Avenue (the street) into Melrose Place (the party-centric TV show). Both their galleries are having major pop-culture art openings which are sure to turn the four blocks between them into a madhouse of strolling art fans. We’ll be posting art from both shows and here’s the first.
At Gallery 1988 East, Mark Englert will have his first solo show called Director Series: Kubrick. It’s an entire show of posters based on the films of the legendary director, and the first in a soon-to-be annual tradition of Englert applying his signature detailed landscape style to the films of a specific director. Below, we exclusively debut Englert’s posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove. Read More »
For months, you might have seen friends in LA posting images of the Stanley Kubrick Archive exhibit at LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). The show looks wonderful, and has drawn high praise for presenting relics from Kubrick’s entire career. It closes this coming Sunday, but don’t fret if you haven’t seen it. There’s a video tour online that helps share the experience even if you haven’t been able to make the trip to LA. Read More »
The internet is a treasure trove of material relating to film, but there is an equally massive amount of information that has never been fully digitized. Decades of books and magazines are only partially represented online. Even as Google Books and other services continue the process of porting printed works to the internet, there’s a lot of stuff left to (re)discover. In short, the only way to learn everything there is to know about any given film is to amass and study a library of printed material.
One of the more essential movie books, however, has been made available online. The 1970 The Making of Kubrick’s 2001, edited by Jerome Angel, is long out of print, and will run you around $100 used. (From a seller who knows what they have, at least.) But the book has been fully digitized, and you can read it below. Read More »
The Shining has had quite the resurgence in the past few months. Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is certainly one factor. Another, bigger motivator is Stephen King himself, who is currently working on a Shining sequel novel called Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the Stanley Kubrick film, surely sees this as a perfect time to dust off last year’s idea for a prequel to the Kubrick film, giving it a title and going out to a big time writer.
The proposed prequel is called The Overlook Hotel, and Glen Mazzara, who was the showrunner on The Walking Dead for the last two years, is in talks to write it. Read More »
When the name “Christopher Nolan” is attached to a project, anticipation immediately shoots into the stratosphere. That’s what happened last month when the Memento, Inception and Dark Knight director revealed the sci-fi film Interstellar would be his next movie. The film, which once had Steven Spielberg attached, is about “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding” inspired by the theories of theoretical physicist, gravitational physicist and astrophysicist Kip Thorne. Matthew McConaughey is set to star.
Beyond those facts, little is known about the film, but new slivers of information will slowly come to light on the way to its November 7, 2014 release date. The latest one is how Nolan framed his sci-fi film in regards to classics of the genre. Read his quote below. Read More »
There’s no denying that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a film begging for discussion. A story that seems straightforward on the surface is littered with curious scenes and subliminal suggestions, and wraps up with a final shot that is curiously awesome. Even knowing that, though, you may have no idea how deep the discussions about The Shining can possibly go.
Rodney Ascher‘s brilliant documentary, Room 237, does a fantastic job delving into some of the most fascinating, crazy, and perhaps even true interpretations of the 1980 film. It entertains theories about the relationship of The Shining to Native Americans, the moon landing, super imposition, and oedipal readings. Since premiering at Sundance in 2012, the film has been riding a wave of good buzz and controversy on its way to release on VOD today.
We spoke to the Ascher about that controversy. In addition, our conversation with the director touched on the method of piecing together a the film entirely composted of archival footage, backlash from the Kubrick or Stephen King camps, whether he could do a sequel and much more. Read More »
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One of the better movie posters ever made is the Saul Bass design for Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining. The eye-catching yellow sheet with a horrified, pixelated face was one of the strangest things I’d seen in my young life when I first encountered it in a theater before The Shining opened. It remains a landmark of simple, effective design.
So it makes sense that the doc Room 237, from first-timer Rodney Ascher, would get a poster that ehoes the Bass design. Room 237 features five theories that explore what Kubrick really meant to say in his Stephen King adaptation. The first US teaser for the film referenced a teaser for Kubrick’s movie, and now the poster design follows suit. Check it out below, side by side with the Bass original. Read More »