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Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences): EYES WIDE SHUT on 35mm

In the late 1990s, near the end of his career, Kubrick, known for his painstakingly crafted visions of Western culture— infused with a deep, unsettling malaise—enlisted Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, at the time Hollywood’s hottest power couple, for a visceral exploration of marital un-fulfillment and existential dread. 123 more words

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My ten great movies #4: The Shining

For most of the past decade, the Kubrick film on this list would have been Eyes Wide Shut, and while my love for that movie remains undiminished—I think it’s Kubrick’s most humane and emotionally complex work, and endlessly inventive in ways that most viewers tend to underestimate—it’s clear now that… 317 more words


China and the Fake Strategy of Tension

Two stories this week point out that the usual propaganda about China being the major competitor to the USA is not really true. These two stories are good examples of how to read through the bullshit. 1,310 more words


The Shining (1980) [The Yellow Kubrick Road]

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Best horror film ever?

“The Shining” is one of the best horror films ever made. It’s a classic and will remain timeless. 670 more words