Well, here we go again. Stephen King recently published Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, and so we’re again asking what he thought of Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of the original book. And the answer, as ever, is not much. He’s voiced these objections before, in previous interviews and essays; he disliked Kubrick’s take on the property so much, in fact, that he co-produced and wrote a mini-series “do over” in 1997. (It was not well regarded.) This latest round of niggling was swiftly shot down by Kubrick defenders as the carping of a jealous, inferior artist; over at Salon, Laura Miller fires back, arguing that King’s claims of misinterpretation are correct. Almost point for point, she’s right — Kubrick’s film is not a good adaptation of King’s work. But it’s also a great film, so the quality of the adaptation is patently irrelevant. … Read More
Conspiracy theories: they’re as fascinating as they are maddening. For every ridiculous idea that the stoner in your life insists on telling you about every time you see him/her, there’s another theory that sounds like it could just be true. Here at Flavorwire this week, we’re investigating conspiracy theories in pop culture: yes, it’s Conspiracy Theory Week! Don’t tell the Illuminati.
The most intriguing of today’s DVD and Blu-ray releases is Room 237, director Rodney Ascher’s ingenious montage documentary showcasing the wildest fan theories about Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. Among them: that the film is an apology for the genocide of the Native American, that it is an examination of the crimes of the Holocaust, and (best of all) that Kubrick helped fake the Apollo moon landings while making 2001, and though he could never tell the truth about that job, he inserted various clues and explanations into The Shining as an apology/confession. Sounds crazy, huh? Well, there’s plenty more, even stranger movie theories floating around the Internet, and since we know how much you love this sort of thing, here’s a few of the odder ones. … Read More
If you hadn’t noticed, Flavorwire isn’t just your home for cultural criticism and commentary; we’re also your online travel agent for pop pilgrimages. After the enthusiastic responses to our lists of must-see literary and music places, it seemed only appropriate to compile a similar guide to film places of note: museums, tours, theaters, but most of all the locations where your favorite movies were… Read More
Gallery 1988, the West Coast’s finest purveyor of pop culture-inspired art, continues its winning streak this weekend with not one, but two amazing new shows. The first is Directors Series: Kubrick, in which artist Mark Englert turns his distinctive style to the work of the late, great Stanley Kubrick. The wonderful folks at Gallery 1988 were kind enough to share several pieces from the exhibit; check them out after the jump, and click each to see a larger version. … Read More
Since their roughly concurrent births, automobiles and films have been eternally intertwined, a film or character’s mode of transportation a vital part of the fabric of cinematic storytelling. Spanish graphic designer Jesús Prudencio, inspired by that marriage, has created Cars and Films, a series of tributes to iconic vehicles and the famous movies that showcased them. Check out his sleek designs after the jump, and order prints from his website here. … Read More
Happy Father’s Day! We’re celebrating the holiday by taking a look at our favorite cult film fathers. These movie dads are flawed as can be, but their dysfunctional parenting, bizarre personality quirks, and quotable lines are meant to entertain us. Let’s just ignore the fact that their kids don’t stand a chance. Head past the break for a look at 10 loving, but demented dads from cult cinema. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section. … Read More
It’s been a couple of months since our last indie movie roundup, for the simple reason that it’s not just the majors that save their weakest releases for the first of the year; there wasn’t a whole lot to crow about at the art houses recently either, aside from 2012 holdovers. But as winter becomes spring, we’re starting to see some interesting foreign and indie releases; a quick rundown of our favorites awaits you after the jump. … Read More