The Shining Throwback Movie Review

That Stephen King guy…. I tell you.

Now I’ve never seen this movie in my life. I actually went into this movie thinking it was a entirely different movie. But I digress, the plot for “The Shining

A novelist – Jack Torrance takes a job interview as winter caretaker of the isolated, Overlook Hotel. In the interview, Jack is told by the manager himself, that the previous caretaker – Charles Grady, chopped his family and later killed himself with a shotgun. Ignoring the story, Jack brings his wife – Wendy and his son Danny. Danny, sees disturbing visions of the hotel’s past using a telepathic gift known as “The Shining”.  Some of the visions come from Tony – “the little boy who lives in Danny’s mouth”. Danny meets Dick Hallorann  – the hotel cook on their first day arriving at the Overlook, who also has this “Shining” and he warns him about the hotel and the sinister Room 237.  Later as Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel’s ghosts, turning more and more aggressive, at the point that Danny and Wendy gets convinced that Jack might try to do the same thing, Grady did.


  • Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
  • Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance
  • Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance
  • Scatman Crothers as Dick Hallorann
  • Barry Nelson as Stuart Ullman
  • Philip Stone as Delbert Grady
  • Joe Turkel as Lloyd the bartender
  • Anne Jackson as Doctor
  • Tony Burton as Larry Durkin
  • Barry Dennen as Bill Watson
  • Lisa and Louise Burns as the Grady girls

Now I wanna get to the acting before anything. Shelly Duvall RUINED THIS MOVIE IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. Her poor choices as an actor and the failure of the director, Stanley Kuberick A.K.A the man who “thinks too much and feels too little” to notice her poor performance. (The director gets a next rant all his own.) She goes around with her  half assed running for a lot of this movie, if not just the end. now she’s not entirely to blame, the writers are just as bad, for I read that the script was changed almost everyday of production for this movie. I also read she had many arguments with the director so maybe she acted so poorly knowing they couldn’t fire her which would result in a delay of the movie.

The director now. He should have stuck to the original source material and kept what happens to Jack more supernatural than from within Jack’s mind. It would have made the ending make more sense. Even though the audience is aware that something is wrong and Jack is seeing ghosts but, You REALLY have to guess that is what’s happening. The entire time I was so lost, and bored I felt like I was going insane myself.

The pace for this movie is so slow, its redundant. Though I’m told that is purposeful so that you “sympathize” with Jack. But I did that already when I seen who his wife was. Danny was ok… really can’t judge a child actor if they aren’t Dakota Fanning. Due to the pace you never really actually feel that he goes crazy. and the time jumping also ruins the movie and any message it was trying to convey

The quality of this Blu-Ray is amazing for a re-master is shocking. A lot of the re-masters aren’t always as great as could be, but this one was well done. Makes the opening ariel shots so breath taking.

Which brings me to camera work, which is probably the only saving grace of the movie outside of Jack Nicholson’s acting ability. The use of steady cam (This camera rig thats is set up on this vest , which is on a person, thats connected to this unipod like mount so that a cameraman can walk around and the camera doesn’t have the bob that is natural from people walking) is HEAVY in this movie. It makes everything so creepy. Like when Danny is on the plastic big wheel, it just feels so terrifying . I feel like they copied “The Omen”. 

The special features are only really cool if you’re a film buff, student, no deleted/alternate scenes.

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, cinematography: 3.9 out of 5, editing: 3 out of 5, Audio: 3 out of 5, Scare Factor: 1 out of 5. Rent-Own? RENT. But watch it with someone, helps to keep you awake.

Back In Times Soca [BITS]

Well ladies and Gents,
It’s the one and only Mr STARKMaDD here bringing to you yet another mix. YES I know it may have been a bit late, but nothing happen’s before it’s time. With that being said, here it is the old school soca mix you all have been waiting for.


The B.I.T.S Track List

1. Calypso Music – David Rudder
2. Ah Feeling To Party – Black Stalin
3. Rock With Me – Merchant
4. Sing In She Party – Scrunter
5. Golo – Second Imj
6. We Rocking All Night – Rootsman
7. Rock Me Rock Me – Rootsman
8. Doh Rock It So – Baron
9. Sugar Bum Bum – Lord Kitchener
10. Tiney Winey – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
11. Curry Tabanca – De Mighty Trini
12. Sweetness Is My Weakness – Baron
13. Give Me Soca – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
14. Wet Me Down – Johnny King
15. Looking For Horn – Mighty Shadow
16. Tension – Mighty Shadow
17. The Garden Want Water – Mighty Shadow
18. Dingolay – Mighty Shadow
19. Doh Jam Dis – Scrunter
20. Somebody In The Party – Mighty Sparrow
21. Pan In Danger – Merchant
22. Soca Train – Gypsy
23. Soca Baptist – Super Blue
24. Too Young To Soca – Machel Montano
25. Free Up – Tambu
26. Feeling Hot Hot Hot – Arrow
27. Ah Coming – The Mighty Power
28. Somebody – Baron
29. Kakaroach – Lord Kitchener
30. If Ah Rude – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
31. Lorraine – Explainer
32. Long Time – Arrow
33. Feeling It – Baron
34. Dollar Wine – Taxi
35. Mr Bissessar – Drupati
36. De Party Now Start – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
37. Spring Garden – Ras Iley
38. Nani Wine – Crazy
39. Fire In Me Wire – Calypso Rose
40. I Doh Mind – Winston Soso
41. Dr Cassandra – Mighty Gabby
42. Doh Back Back – Mighty Sparrow
43. Iron Girl – Winston Soso
44. Small Pin – Beckett
45. Whoa Donkey – United Sisters
46. Put Your Hand On Your Head – Sound Rev
47. Stranger – Mighty Shadow
48. Wine On Something – Super Blue
49. Get Something & Wave – Super Blue
50. Jab Molassie – Super Blue