“Here’s Johnny!” Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel finds off-center family man Jack Nicholson as winter caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel. As wife Shelly Duvall and telepathically gifted son Danny Lloyd try to make the best of things, Jack’s level of insanity crescendos into murderous frenzy as cabin fever, a taste for alcohol and the demonic hotel begin to seize him. –AFI
Stanley Kubrick was born in New York, and was considered intelligent despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick’s father Jack (a physician) sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films.
Jack Kubrick’s decision to give his son a camera for his thirteenth birthday would be an even wiser move: Kubrick became an avid photographer, and would often make trips around New York taking photographs which he would… read more
When the movie ended, I thought myself "Oh, it wasn't as scary as I expected". But when I woke up in the middle of the night, the first thing that I thought of was Danny saying "Redrum, redrum, redrum" over and over in that creepy, croaky voice. Another excellent film by Kubrick that leaves a strong impression.
(rewatch) infectious and stylish; more or less as solid as i'd remembered. the redrum kid and shelley duvall are great; nicholson is too hammy to be believable (imagine christopher walken instead)... simultaneously astute as an allegory about domestic abuse and exasperating in its willingness to deny jack's wife any morsel of real agency. when she swings a bat at her aggressor, i feel pity when i'd prefer admiration.
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Clips and appreciations marking Jack Nicholson’s 75th birthday.
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In 1980, masterful and legendary director Stanley Kubrick gave life to a film that today is arguably considered to be one of the finest horror films ever made. But it is common knowledge to Kubrick… read review
This movie is one of the best films ever made that is based on a Stephen King book. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the caretaker of a hotel/resort high in the Rocky Mountains. He takes… read review
Kubrick seems to have taken the spare bits and pieces of King’s book that he liked, and discarded all the rest, leaving us with a nigh-meaningless non-narrative (beautifully shot).
Duvall and… read review