By Mike Mitchell
If you tuned in to The Birthday Boys episode three, “Catching up on Shows,” this past Friday night, you would have seen a man driven to insanity while trying to clear out his DVR, a paparazzo fighting to get the perfect shot, and a Dad figuring out his priorities with the help of a song. I know this, not because I watched, but because I worked on the show.
I actually missed this Friday’s episode. I got home from the mall and fell asleep in my car. When I woke up the show was long over. I turned on IFC anyway hoping that I’d catch a repeat, instead The Shining was on. I have never seen The Shining so I decided to give it a look.
And I’m lucky I did! All I can say is, “Wow!” This movie is fantastic. Jack Nicholson puts in a stellar performance and you can tell that director Stanley Kubrick knows his mise-en-scene (telling the story with visuals, for those of you who are NOT film snobs).
Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, a struggling author that decides to take the winter caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel. The hotel is extravagant, grand, but let’s just say it turns out to be a lot more devious than it first appears!
I don’t know if anyone has ever said or thought this before, but the Overlook Hotel is almost a character unto itself. The place is creepy, man. I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cryptkeeper was one of the bellhops. I’ve never really been afraid of hotels before, but next time I’m pulling into a Days Inn, I might just opt to spend the night in my car instead! I should have known what I was in for. The Shining is based off a novel written by Stephen King (Gulp!).
A few of the big scares were ruined for me by the Scary Movie trilogy, so there were a few moments were I should have been peeing my pants in fear but instead I was laughing out loud. Thanks a lot Wayans family!
Anyway, it was a fantastic film. I give both The Shining and “Catching up on Shows” 3 out of 5 stars.