May 23rd, 1980 saw the release of one of director Stanley Kubrick‘s most iconic films, The Shining. Initially a commercial flop, the film has gone down as an iconic Hollywood masterpiece, and one of Kubrick’s most celebrated films. Based on a novel by author Stephen King (Carrie, Salem’s Lot), who admittedly is not a big fan of Kubrick’s adaptation, The Shining combines a a series of bizarre elements with Kubrick’s carefully crafted filmmaking, exploring the darker side of the human subconscious. Kubrick was a popular director at the time the film came up for production. He had previously released such renowned films as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971), which had earned him a great amount of control when it came to making his films. The production on The Shining, however, was not what anyone had expected, taking more than a year to film at a budget that ended up at $18 million. What’s more, critical reception was incredibly harsh against Kubrick and lead actors Jack Nicholson (Chinatown, The Departed) and Shelley DuVall (Annie Hall, The Portrait of a Lady), even though the film did end up grossing $44 million. Continue reading →
Several limited releases will be available in select theaters this week.
1. The Benefactor
First on the list is a new drama titled The Benefactor with Richard Gere (Unfaithful, Chicago), Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, The Twilight Saga: New Moon), and Theo James (Underworld: Awakening, Insurgent) about a philanthropist who construes the lives of young couples in an attempt to relive his past. This will be the first feature-length film by writer/director Andrew Renzi (Karaoke!, Fishtail), who is also lined up to write an upcoming biographical film on Janis Joplin. Continue reading →
In the times before George Lucas created Star Wars, and Star Trek saw it’s theatrical debut, iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, whose genius shines through in projects like The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and Full Metal Jacket, envisioned a philosophical journey through time and space in a film called 2001: A Space Odyssey. Released in 1968 and blending classical orchestral arrangements to visually stunning effects, the film set a new standard for all science-fiction and space adventure films to come, winning an Oscar in 1969 for Best Visual Effects and receiving three additional Oscar nominations for Best Director (Kubrick), Best Writing/Screenplay (Kubrick and author Arthur C. Clarke), and Best Art Direction (Set Decoration). 2001 begins in the times of pre-history and spans all the way to futuristic colonized space, where astronaut Dave Bowman must embark on an epic journey to Jupiter in the hopes of discovering the origins of humanity and our place in the ever-expanding universe. The story was initially loosely based on a short story of Aurthur C. Clarke‘s titled The Sentinel, which Kubrick and Clarke then expanded upon and simultaneously wrote the film screenplay and the novel that was published shortly after the film was released. While Clarke’s novel speaks in more direct tones to explain the philosophy behind the story, Kubrick’s film is more famously known for it’s enigmatic style of story-telling, relying heavily on visual interpretation and utilizing extremely light amounts of dialogue. Since it’s release, 2001 has become known as a modern cinematic masterpiece, and with director Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar coming to theaters this November (Nolan has referenced 2001 a number of times making Interstellar), audiences in the UK will get to experience Kubrick’s film on the big screen once again. Check out this new trailer for 2001, and if you haven’t seen it and don’t plan on taking a European vacation anytime soon, definitely go out and rent it. You won’t regret it!