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25 October 2009

The Shining

directed by Stanley Kubrick

Inimitable may one of the few words that really sum up the obsessive, callous, and shocking talent of one Stanley Kubrick. And true, while apparently Kubrick could be allegedly fun at times, what resonates from his body of work is a fierce air of superiority, as if Kubrick’s lack of compassion for humanity transforms his films into science experiments. Kubrick films always carry with them such a sterile muteness that makes you uncomfortable from frame one, and usually leave you ashamed to be a part of the human race by the time the credits roll. And never has Kubrick’s sentiment been such a bloody mess as his truly horrific film, The Shining. Jack Nicholson is Jack Torrance, a family man who lands a job as winter caretaker for the Overlook Hotel. The fam packs up and heads out, and when son Danny begins somehow communicating with the house (this psychic connection is named “shining”) and seeing horrific images, Jack’s writer’s block turns into a complete mental deterioration. Stephen King’s book and Kubrick’s script percolate with the hedonism of gluttonous consumption, a hedonism that takes prisoners. You may not like what you see, but it doesn’t make it any less worth the watch.

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