Archive for category: Stanley Kubrick

‘Room 237′: Kubrick Scholars Go Wild!

4 April, 2013 (10:56) | by Sean Axmaker, Documentary, Film Reviews, Stanley Kubrick | By: Sean Axmaker

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. So goes the quote so often attributed to Freud, but it’s hard to make that case for coincidence and happenstance in the films of Stanley Kubrick. You can’t completely remove chance from cinema, with all its actors and technicians and moving parts, but the detail-oriented, notorious micromanager Kubrick […]

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Review: Barry Lyndon

21 August, 2012 (11:14) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film Reviews, Stanley Kubrick | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 48, February 1976] Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon is a film in which the expected always happens—but usually in quite an unexpected way, much as a detail in a painting will surprise and delight, regardless of the ordinariness of its context. The world of Barry Lyndon, first of all, is not […]

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Spartacus on Blu-ray – Just what is “good enough”?

26 May, 2010 (18:24) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Stanley Kubrick | By: Sean Axmaker

Among the featured reviews at my MSN home video column this week is Universal’s Blu-ray edition of Spartacus: 50th Anniversary. While I didn’t watch the entire Blu-ray (my review of the film itself was based on earlier viewings of the film, including the Criterion DVD), I viewed over an hour of the disc and found […]

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Kubrick’s Shining

28 October, 2009 (19:37) | by Richard T. Jameson, Horror, Stanley Kubrick | By: Richard T. Jameson

[originally published in Film Comment, July-August 1980] Camera comes in low over an immense Western lake, its destination apparently a small island at center that seems to consist of nothing but treetops. Draw nearer, then sweep over and pass the island, skewing slightly now in search of a central focus at the juncture of lake […]

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Review: Making “The Shining”

23 September, 2009 (13:40) | by Pierre Greenfield, Film Reviews, Horror, Stanley Kubrick | By: Pierre Greenfield

[Originally published in Movietone News 66-67, March 1981] Time flies. The six-year-old brat in quest of an intergalactic bushbaby in 2001 is now all grown up and directing her own documentary film about what is only the third movie her father has directed since that 1968 masterwork. Televised by the BBC at a length of […]

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Review: The Shining

23 September, 2009 (12:39) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film Reviews, Stanley Kubrick | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in slightly different form in Movietone News 66-67, March 1981] Stephen King’s The Shining is basically a novel of character: Isolated with his family for a winter at a snowed-in resort hotel, Jack Torrance faces the collapse of his own mind from an overload of alcoholism, suppressed violence, writer’s block, and personal failure. […]

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