Stanley Kubrick was a perfectionist. The Shining is actually in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most number of takes of a single scene. With that type of fascist filmmaking, you know that anything left on the cutting room floor of the 1980 Stephen King film was cut for a reason.
Still, for those super-fans out there, the Dryden Theater in Rochester New York is having a special screening of the film October 22nd, “complete with a chilling coda cut from the original release.”
It’s 2 a.m. and you awake with a jerk, alone in your fully lit apartment and still on the couch. On TV, the credits of some movie you’ve already seen a billion times are scrolling by. It feels like rock bottom. And we know, because we’re just like you: single.
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“Hair is an accessory,” declared Kerry Warn, the designer responsible for the larger-than-life looks on these pages, and the man in charge of Nicole Kidman’s mane on all her films for the past decade, including The Hours, Cold Mountain, Stepford Wives and the upcoming Australia.
“I think people tend not to enjoy their hair Read More
‘This Is the War Room!’
The 40th-anniversary special-edition DVD of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove makes fascinating viewing in this tense post-9/11 period, not long after the political and economic collapse of the Soviet empire as a feared global nuclear threat seemed to promise a period of peace and prosperity for the world. Back in 1964, Read More
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film , by David Thomson. Alfred A. Knopf, 963 pages, $35.
It looks unassuming enough, just like any other reference book: weighty, blockish and solid as a brick. The author, too, sounds foursquare: a couple of film biographies under his belt, now occasionally writes for The New York Times ; Read More
Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick have collaborated in
spirit on a fabulous fable called A.I.
that is well on its way to becoming the
most controversial conversation-piece to hit the dumbed-down American
movie scene since heaven knows when. Its ending alone may invade your dreams,
as it has mine ever since I saw it at Read More
Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue , from 10 one-hour screenplays by Krzysztof Piesiewicz and Kieslowski, achieved legendary status among American cinephiles in the years following the first showing of the series on Polish television in 1988, just before the demolition of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ostensibly based on the Ten Commandments, Read More
Travis’ second album, The Man Who (Independiente Ltd.-Epic), is dedicated to the late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick (and “Shirley,” whoever that may be). It’s a fitting reference. Released in an America rife with gleaming teen poppers and rockers influenced by the World Wrestling Federation, The Man Who is a bit like the monolith depicted in Kubrick’s Read More
After 22 years at The New York Times and too many bylines to count, film critic Janet Maslin is quitting. “I know this sounds impetuous,” she said on Sept. 20, just before going off to screenings for the New York Film Festival. “But I’ve known this wasn’t working for me and I didn’t want to Read More