Thursday, 18 August 2016

The Shining — Hello … 

17th August, 2016.

You know … 

I’ve had less hours, this week, than I had The last full week I worked.

And … ?

Well, yes: AND I’m not sure I like what that’s done — or going to do — to next week’s payslip.

They’re ALL over two days!

Makes you wonder why I’m job-hunting doesn’t it?


However, when I’m not actually working … ?

I’m trying to write Teasers, make video, put together a social life … 

Oh … and catch a film oh two.

Today … ?

Bit of a treat for my nephew, today: as he, his mother, and I, went to Basildon to see The BFG.   Which was fun: whizz-popping with the Queen got a LOT of laughter, I know that.

Of, course, this evening?   Having this evening free?  Well, that meant I could watch something I’d not seen: and that various people — over the past few days — urged me to correct.

You can tell it was the Stanley Kubrick directed, The Shining, can’t you?

The poster’s a bit of a clue … 


Released in 1980, The Shining introduces us to Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson): a former teacher and current writer, who’s being interviewed for a post as the winter caretaker for the Overlook Hotel.

He’s looking forward to it: the peace and quiet will give him time to write, and he and his family — wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son, Danny (Danny Lloyd) — can have some much needed time together.

Danny … ?   Danny is — his parents believe — rather ill.   But what Danny isn’t telling them is that he’s having nightmare visions about the hotel.

The only person he feels comfortable about confiding this too?   Is the hotel’s chef: Dick Halloran (Scatman Crothers.)

The kindly Halloran?   Tells young Danny to keep away from Room 237 … 

And that the hotel contains memories.

Not all of them good.

It’s only when Halloran and the rest of the staff leave the hotel for winter?

That the Torrence family nightmare REALLY starts … 


I can feel you reading this.

Metaphorically, at any rate.

And, equally as metaphorically?

I can hear you saying, “Come on, Paul, what did you think of The Shining?”

I think I loved it … !

Now, I’ve not read the original novel: possibly something I should remedy.

Whether the film is an accurate portrayal of King’s* story, I couldn’t tell you.

The story I was told, tonight, however?

Was possibly one of the most riveting movies I’ve seen in a while.   Part supernatural horror, but mostly an intensely psychological piece: giving us hints (in part) on what alcoholism can do to a family, but ALSO telling us the havoc this — and intense isolation — can do to a family.

Through both acting — you can see why both this, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest built Nicholson’s reputation — scripting, cinematography, and soundtrack.


Frankly, I know of few other films like it: with the exception of Kubrick’s other great work, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

And, equally as frankly?

I’m wondering why it’s only now I’ve watched The Shining.

The Shining.

*      Stephen King, himself, is a recovering alcoholic: I got the feeling some of what we see on screen is a reflection of King’s own life.   I also think Nicholson’s best scenes?   Were where he’s talking to the barman, Lloyd.   I’m a former barman, myself.   Nicholson’s a worryingly good barfly …


Olga Nunez Miret said...

I'm pleased you enjoyed it. The book is pretty good too (and King went back to revisit the characters recently). I'm sure you're right about King. It's that rare thing, a good book turned into a good movie, although King, in general hasn't been too unlucky with the adaptations (there are some not so good ones but even those are entertaining to watch). I hope you have a great day. I have radio today...

Nik Nak said...

Good luck with the show, today, Olga!

And, yeah: I do get the feeling King’s had some good one’s make of his work.

I do know The Shawshank Redemption is an absolute blinder!

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Yes, and the Green Mile, Misery, Carrie...

Angel Frmcanada said...

I knew you would love The Shining! Yes Carrie is another awesome movie. Have you seen that one Paul?

Nik Nak said...

I might JUST have to pencil Carrie in, as well, Angel! It DOES keep cropping up in conversation!

I’ve ALSO seen Misery and The Green Mile: both great films.

There’s quite a FEW sitting around on my watch list, I know that … !

Including the NON Stephen King film, Interstellar. I’m told the thing is fantastic: but ten minutes short of three hours?

Is just a LITTLE too long … !

Angel Frmcanada said...

You'll love Carrie. I've never seen Interstellar either. I don't watch many movies that are that long.

Olga Nunez Miret said...

We do have a conversation! Now I need to check Interstellar. I remember I wanted to watch it and didn't make it at the time... Carrie... It's a classic. I did mention book adaptation on the radio today. I think I have a topic for next week ;)

Nik Nak said...

THINK I’m with Angel, here, Olga: much as I’d LOVE to see Interstellar, the sheer length of the thing is intimidating!

Which reminds me, will you be mention The Martian? Or any of the Hobbit movies?

And I’m sure I’ve mentioned Dune … Although I don’t know if I’ve done a write up of the film version … !

Oh … And did either of you see Elysium?

It’s … 

Well, it’s entertaining: But I keep thinking it’s a BAD movie version of William Gibson’s Neuromancer

Olga Nunez Miret said...

The Martian is definitely a good call. I must confess to not having watched the Hobbit movies (I'm not a big reader of fantasy either), but I'm sure they are worth talking about. I just recently read and reviewed a book by an author I know about Philip K. Dick (she met him and they were friends for 10 years until he died). Of course, Blade Runner... although some of the other adaptations of his books are quite interesting too...
It's been many years since I've watched Dune. I don't think I've watched Elysium...
I can watch some long movies, but it depends on the movie. I've watched Apocalypse Now Redux and lived to tell the tale (although I love the original movie, that's some sort of a very free version of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, of course).
I very much fear this is not going to be a programme but a series of them...