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The Shining


since this will get lost in the 250+ pages of the 80's countdown, & bc i spent some time in prepping it, re-posting here

in honor of the MoFo #1 film of the 80's! which i didn't even contribute to bc i submitted my list too early



i, and others, have come to believe.. that your heart is not in this
that you haven't the belly for it

the Shining
(Stanley Kubrick, 1980)

it's not often i see a movie with a young kid in it, playing a prominent role, who actually manages to not be annoying... bc they are written well, casted well, & guided with the right amount of care, tact & skill by their director. the first movie that sticks out for me, where i genuinely actually like a young kid in a movie.. is Enzo Staiola in Bicycle Thieves (1948)



the second is Danny Lloyd in the Shining



could ramble on about this film, and waste everyone's time... yet really it's simply this, each minute is crafted and packed with care and skill. script, pacing, lighting, music, overall execution... the 1st act sets everything up, and as it reaches its 2nd & 3rd acts, the Shining continuously tops itself, through the command of Stanley Kubrick and his cast of actors and crew. which is what anyone should strive for in whatever it is they do



... Room 237, Jack & Lloyd in the bar, Delbert Grady 'you've always been the caretaker' ← (my personal favorite), All work & no play makes Jack a dull boy, , 'little pigs, little pigs, let me come in!' Danny chased in the snow by axe-wielding minotaur-in-the-maze Jack Torrance, frozen Jack at dawn, leading up to the final shot at the 1920s ball, 'Midnight, the Stars & You' by Henry Hall & the Gleneagles Hotel Band



Why don't you want to talk about it?
i'm not s'pposed to
Who said you ain't supposed to?
tony
Who's Tony?
tony is a little boy that lives in my mouth





* certified 100% popcorn bags out of 100 *
my #1 movie, any decade





Torrance-family portrait