This week, we discuss the legendary Kubrick film The Shining!!! Will Anthony finally put a horror movie in his film canon?
Synopsis for The Shining
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.
Anthony: I guess I have to start here with the initial impression. Man, I have so much to talk about, I’m almost overwhelmed.
David: Yeah, bursting at the seams?
Anthony: Yeah, so I guess for a little backstory: this is my first ever Stanley Kubrick watch. This is the first film from this legendary director that I’ve seen, and, wow, it was an experience. I think we kind of talked about it a little bit before we started recording here: I unfortunately watch all these films at home on a really crappy computer monitor. And this is the first time that we’ve seen a film for the pod where I felt chills. There were literally moments in this film when I got chills because of how grand and epic…and the way this film feels like it’s bigger than life in this very weird way, and even on a computer monitor it felt that way for me. And it’s all just the power and the mastery of visuals that Stanley Kubrick has over this art form. It is insane. It is shocking and stunning. Anyone who cares about cinematography or filmmaking or visuals or just art . . . in one of the texts you sent me, you pointed out that this is literally “every frame a painting.”