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The Shining

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United States, United Kingdom, 1980


A brilliant adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a frustrated writer forced to take the job as caretaker of a remote mountainside hotel for the winter with his young family in tow. An evil presence lurking within causes his mental disintegration into madness and murder.

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The Shining Directed by Stanley Kubrick
From the very start, the bigger images let my eye swoop off into the Rocky Mountains, the landscapes drawing me in and exerting a lot more power than they ever did on TV . . . Critics at the time complained that Jack Nicholson was too weird at the beginning, which I guess is true. It forces him to go more over the top later. But it’s clearly Kubrick’s intention that every scene in his horror movie should be strange and disturbing — look what he’s doing with the music.
November 03, 2017
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The darkly comic streak might be identified as Kubrick’s signalling to the audience he feels himself above the genre on some level, except that, as well as coherent with the rest of his oeuvre, the humour entwines with the fervency with which Kubrick delves into this little imaginative universe he and his great team of collaborators fashioned. The atmosphere of extreme isolation and immersion in the subliminal is knitted together by the strength of Kubrick’s images and his music cues.
October 29, 2017
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One of Kubrick’s wiliest moves may have been to suggest Torrance’s lurking anger and unsatisfactory home life made him receptive to possession. The pure genius, though, lay in how visual that psychological exploration was. Style, not substance, was the director’s strong suit, which made him a perfect foil for King, whose themes of the supernatural lurking in the banal (and the banal in the supernatural) were often eclipsed by the breathless redundancy of his prose.
June 24, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Shining

    [Cinemateca] Elevator opens. Blood comes out. That score. Those camera movements. Nicholson going batshit crazy. All the continuity erros. Even the mistakes are epic. Wendy Carlos score. Red rum. Production. Set design. The works.

  • Kenji's rating of the film The Shining

    Interesting to view it as film about the eradication of and building USA over Native American culture and lives, the cold war and Apollo 11 faked moon landing images.

  • Sam DiSalle's rating of the film The Shining

    i think it's about abuse. the cycle of abuse. alcohol abuse. psychological abuse. gaslighting. codependency. these themes pervade lynch's whole filmography; kubrick's screening of "eraserhead" for the cast and crew makes sense. danny lloyd articulates the complex emotional turmoil of abuse in children powerfully. also one of the rare films that really evokes what nightmares actually feel like

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Shining

    The Overlook Hotel is a place where evil congregates and thrives—considering this seems to be increasingly true of the world outside the movie theater, this screening I found myself clinging to the good that exists in "The Shining": the resourceful Danny and his psychic protector Tony; Shelley Duvall's wide-eyed matriarch (my favorite performance in the film); the genuine warmth Scatman Crothers brings to his role.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Shining

    A typically sure-handed, if ascetic, treatment from this director which conveys the spatial unease created by certain architecture better than almost any other production. The covert references and subtext may well be true but whatever they are, they're subtly hidden beneath the austere Grand Guignol surface with nearly everything here on top-form.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film The Shining

    From an homage to the photographic surrealism of Arbus, to references of the moon landing of Apollo 11 and the conspiracy theories of Room 237. Kubrick's horror classic has become a phenomena due to the meticulous ambiguity of his representations. It is that very ambiguity that remains its haunting pulse. The renowned idiom "all work and no play make Jack a dull boy" only scratches the surface of the film's genius.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film The Shining

    Total mastery of the setting & the decor, great actors, like in EWS. Just S. KING's subject brings it to the level of a Christine, Carrie, or Poltergeist. = Totale maîtrise du cadre, grandeur du décor, talent des comédiens, comme EWS. Juste le sujet Stephen KING le ramène au niveau d'un Christine, Carrie, ou Poltergeist.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Shining

    I saw this in a theater with someone who yawned their way through it. "What about the girls?" "Are you scared of little girls?" "No! They're not supposed to be there!" I also know people who think the Steven King version is better. "Don't you realize this is a masterpiece?" "Steven King's was closer to the book." "The book sucked! This is a profound meditation on fear! This is Nicholson at his prime!"

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