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.

Starring:

  • 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.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence 3D

Even he looks mad about this movie.

Even he looks mad about this movie.

Does anyone remember the movies Crank/Crank 2: High Voltage? I do, and they were fun. Not this movie though. Directed by the same people who brought you Crank 1 & 2 (Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor) & written by Recent Batman Movie Fame, David S. Goyer. I say this: In all honesty, MARVEL based comic movies are better movies minus maybe 5 movies which are arguably trashy, all of which aren’t even “Marvel Studios” made movies, but rather “Fox”/”Sony” made. BUT THIS MOVIE IS AN INSULT TO FILM!!

This sequel to “Ghost Rider” movie, was.. Well.. much less than I had expected,* Which wasn’t much, just like my “Chronicle” Review (seen here > https://t.co/bBXhMLCH)

“GHOST RIDER” is a Marvel Comics character. Here is a quick bio: Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stunt performer in a traveling circus, sold his soul to one whom he believes to be Satan but actually is the demon Mephisto, in order to save his stepfather, “Crash” Simpson, from cancer. Crash later dies in a motorcycle accident and Mephisto attempts to take Blaze’s soul, only to be thwarted by Crash’s daughter Roxanne, who had learned of the deal and had prepared a counter-spell based on selfless love. Since Roxanne interrupted in the middle of the pact, Mephisto could only bind half the soul of a demon with Blaze, making him transform only at night Blaze then finds himself transforming into a demonic entity at nightfall, during which times he wields strange powers. He is called the Ghost Rider for his strange appearance. As time goes on, he is able to call on his demonic abilities whenever he wishes, not just at night. Blah blah blah.

Nick Cage reprise’s role as Johnny Blaze & minus the name, and the same lead actor, this sequel movie felt more like a reboot to a pretty pointless character with all the new faces, tools, props, settings, & overall tone. The story for this movie is Johnny Blaze, a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Roarke at the time, is on the run trying to make sure no-one is harmed by his alter ego, The Ghost Rider. He is approached by a Monk named Moreau who tells him that he can help be him free of the Rider, but first, he needs Johnny’s help to protect a boy, whom Roarke has plans for.

Starring:

    Nicolas Cage
    Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider

    Ciarán Hinds
    Roarke

    Idris Elba
    Moreau

    Fergus Riordan
    Danny

    Violante Placido
    Nadya

*SPOILER WARNING*

The movie starts out pretty decent. The scenery was very beautiful, even though it was short lived. Then we’re introduced to “Moreau” and he seems to have brought some unwanted guest to a random chapel, where we learn right off the bat that they are after this little boy. Some hell is then opened and a chase ensues, which leads to Moreau being flung off his bike, and turning (mid-air) like a Boss, to buss some shots into the attackers car. Love a movie that starts off with a crazy action sequence, or just action in general. But that really was the main highlight of the film. We are then treated to the WORSE ACTING Nick cage has EVER DONE IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER! ( I swear, his best moment was giving his son the name “Kal-el” aka Superman”)

Nick cage has been known to be “over the top, but really, He killed this movie in every wrong way possible. Elba’s acting skills & powerful voice couldn’t even help this movie. Maybe cause his english accent was clashing with his fake french one. Its sad that the best actor in a movie with some “legends”, becomes the unheard of child actor.

The 3D quality in the movie even became pretty crappy. The picture seemed very spotty and not as great with the depth as one would have hoped. That’s what you get when you convert to 3D in post production. The directors tried to make the movie a lot more like a horror movie, but with the crap acting, and the random cuts, & cinematography it just became pointless to deem this movie worthy of anything. Thank God I saw it with someone who could poke fun of it while watching it. This is as bad as “Catwoman” (the one with Halle Berry) if not worse.

Overall rating of the movie: 1 out of 5, Cinematography: 1 outta 5, Editing: 1 out of 5, Audio: 1.5 out of 5, Acting: 1.6 out of 5.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

Xavier