Tuesday, April 26, 2016


I lost count of the number of times I've seen The Shining a long time ago, and yet I still occasionally find myself discovering new things and/or encountering new insights about it. One case in point is from this Pink Smoke article about Rodney Ascher's Room 237, which contains the following paragraph:
I should also mention that the reason I asked Adam to join Marcus and myself for this panel is that, other than knowing he's a huge Shining and Kubrick fan, he once proposed the most compelling insight I've ever heard about the movie: the fact that none of the characters exit the frame under their own power until the very end, when Wendy and Danny escape in the Snow Cat. The characters are trapped, not just geographically in the snowbound hotel, but inside Kubrick's unrelenting lens. I've never sat and paid attention to the film closely enough to see how consistently Adam's theory sticks, but every time I happen to catch part of the film on TV it seems close enough, and makes for a much more palpable origin for the film's inescapable tension that undoubtedly compelled the Room 237 talking heads to over-analyze it in the first place.
Now, I also have yet to personally verify this theory, but I can't think of any exceptions off the top of my head, and you can bet I'll have a note pad and pencil with me the next time I watch The Shining, which shouldn't be too long from now.


Here's a great piece in The Guardian, penned by Bob Tanswell, who landed a gig as an electrician on the set of The Shining back in 1979. That's him up there, top left. Some of his recollections are pretty funny. Great trivia. Quick read.


Okay, so this is a weird one. Some feller by the name of Media Mike--whose first language obviously isn't English--got a chance to chat with actor Joe Turkel at one of those "meet a celebrity" autograph conventions. Turkel is most famous for playing Lloyd the bartender in The Shining and Eldon Tyrell in Bladerunner, but he also had roles in two earlier films by Kubrick: The Killing and Paths of Glory. In The Killing, Turkel was little more than a glorified extra, but in Paths of Glory, he played Private Arnaud, a philosophically inclined chatterbox who is one of three French soldiers chosen to be executed for cowardice after a failed attempt to overtake a position held by the Germans. In any case, regardless of the site's broken English, it's nice to know that Turkel is still alive and mentally sharp at 88.


From the "Must See Films" series comes this wonderful 19-minute analysis of Kubrick's beautiful adaptation of Thackeray's picaresque novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon. Some people may think Kubrick made Barry Lyndon as some kind of personal consolation project after Napoleon fell through at MGM--I mean, why let all those years of research go to waste, right?--but simply watching the film is enough to dispel that ridiculous notion.


I suppose I would be remiss if I didn't bring you hip hop artist Aesop Rock's 48-minute remake of The Shining, all done in miniature, to accompany the release of his latest album, The Impossible Kid. This IndieWire article has all the particulars

Wednesday, April 20, 2016



Seeing as the image link below is broken, and seeing as the people who were selling it as both a print and a t-shirt no longer have it up for sale at their site, and seeing as I can't even find a link anywhere online for it, I'm going to go ahead and assume that Warner Bros sent them a cease and desist, and they complied, post-haste. I'm going to leave this broken link up here as a kind of tribute to the fragile impermanence of digital culture. If I ever find out what went down, I'll obviously be filling you guys in. - Yer Old Pal Jerky

The only change I would have made is to have the nipples bleeding milk instead of blood. Otherwise, this is gorgeous. You can purchase this beautiful piece of art (and a variant) at Cult Classic Prints.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


This Newsweek report on Stanley Kubrick's estate's offshore financial holdings (in this case, via the British Virgin Islands) set up by Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, as recently revealed by Münich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, has some interesting information, and a whole lot of factual errors. 

Take this single paragraph:
The reason Kubrick took such pains to keep the house in his family is not hard to fathom: He chose to be buried on the grounds of Childwickbury Manor, under his favorite tree. One of his two daughters with Christiane, Anya, who died later in 2009, is also buried on the 1,100-acre estate. Christiane now lives at the manor with her other daughter by Kubrick, Vivian, and a third daughter she’d had prior to their marriage, Katharina, as well as her grandchildren. After shooting scenes there for the end of Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining, which featured some of the grounds, Jack Nicholson once observed that Childwickbury Manor was, more or less, a family compound, and that Kubrick was “very much a family man.”

Let's play a game, shall we? Can YOU list all the errors contained in the above paragraph? Submit your answers in the comments section below!

Meanwhile, perhaps the most important non-erroneous factoids to take away from this article include a) the fact that tax avoidance does not always mean tax evasion, b) that Kubrick, his companies and his estates paid out large sums of taxes to both American and UK authorities over the years, and c) that our man Stanley isn't accused of doing anything illegal. And even if he were... that still wouldn't alter the fact that his movies are genius.

Now start picking apart that paragraph!

Monday, April 18, 2016


The fine folks over at The Overlook Hotel website have scanned and made available this 1980 comic parody of The Shining, which ran in MAD Magazine's ugly, red-headed, Peeping Tom kleptomaniac neighbor kid, CRAZY! In fact, it was that issue's cover feature, and you know what? It wasn't half bad!

Friday, April 15, 2016


Jeff Delgado's awesome illustrations are a deft blend of realism with stylized cartoons. The results are a distinctive style, which he employed to create a series of pieces based on The Shining. Check them out at the link above, and find out more on the artist’s DeviantArt and Facebook.