"It's a rough haul either way, but the newer story has a bit more acting in it overall, even if it's not quite enough to recommend."
The Shining - 1980 Director Stanley KubrickScreenplay Kubrick, Diane Johnson based on the novel by Stephen KingStarring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel So much has been written about Kubrick. His relatively sparse directing career is peppered with a higher than usual percentage of films most critics would dub as classics. … Continue reading Another look at The Shining (****): The Old Folks Call It Cabin Fever
Flanagan has a vision that many of us may not see at first. He carried the hardcover version of this book around with him for years while pitching films. Most didn't see a movie in it. He saw more than a movie. He saw something about how some of us spend our lives in the shadow of the sun. It's an essential vision of the mask we sometimes put on our past.
This should be on everyone's list of top films, even in this banner year for movies. IT is a triumph of skill and understanding what it is to move human beings.
If nothing else, think of it as an addition to everything you know about the other adaptations, with a hope that they make more to flesh it all out a little. What I saw so far worked for me as a mild form of entertainment. It would be much better if it is followed up with more. And much sadder if they don't.