TSR Movie Madness: Group E SF1: The Shining v MementoWatch
Who will progress to the next round? You decide.
The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick's uncompromising horror is a pitch-perfect recreation of a man's descent into madness. Jack Torrance agrees to take his family and look after an isolated hotel during it's close season, as he sees this as a perfect way to cut off distractions and allow him to finish his novel. However he soon falls into the clutches of cabin fever, unable to identify supernatural hallucinations from his own reality, and the film builds to an incredibly tense climax. Always a showman, Kubrick's own promotional trailer for this film sold it as a light-hearted family comedy.
The film that put Christopher Nolan on the map is a brilliantly woven mystery that manages to keep it's audience in the dark as long as it's central character and plays havoc with traditional narrative. Guy Pearce's central character has anterograde amnesia, meaning he is unable to form new memories, and the film mirrors this by having his storyline play in reverse chronological order, so that the audience is as unaware of what came before as the lead character. A perfectly executed experiment in film narrative.
- Study Helper
The Shining - it's very better. The sequences of Danny cycling around the hotel are some of the scariest ever - you know something is going to happen, but you don't know what or when. In comparison, the actual climax is a bit of a let down.
The Shining though (despite Stephen King not liking it) is another Kubrick masterpiece where you could feel any frame from the film could be hung on the wall of an art gallery.