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  •  Hated this movie. (0+ / 0-)

    Hated it, hated it, hated it.  Hated it from the moment I saw the trailer and the elevator full of blood showed up - a moment that NEVER OCCURS IN THE BOOK!!

    Hated Halloran getting killed (he lives in the book), hated that it was basically a cabin-fever-killer-goes-berserk movie, hated that the Overlook Hotel was castrated of its evil.  

    Yes, Jack had issues - he was an alcoholic, he was bad at handling money, he had trouble holding a job.  It was these issues that made him vulnerable to the evil of the Overlook Hotel.  The hotel was, in the vernacular of Steven King's book Danse Macabre, a "Bad Place."  The Overlook Hotel is itself an important character in the book.  And yes, King was right - the remake was infinitely scarier.  Crazy guy?  Perfectly plausible, we have ways of dealing with them.  Evil place that is out to get you?  Jeez, how do you handle that?

    Best Kubrick film ever?  Clockwork Orange.  Why?  He didn't fuck with Anthony Burgess's book.

    I have given up on any of Steven King's work ever being filmed well.  Which is a pity, considering how cinematically he writes ...

    •  Kubrick f**ked with Burgess' book (0+ / 0-)

      Burgess' original manuscript had 21 chapters.  As originally released, it had only 20, which was the result of his publisher liking Alex remaining evil.  In the 21st chapter Alex runs into one of his old droogs who has reformed himself and grown up since Alex last saw him.  Alex eventually discovers that being a thug is starting to bore him and he decides to grow up as well.  21 chapters and 21 being a common age of maturity is no coincidence.

      Additionally, and this is the most distinct difference that I can recall, the scene where Alex picks up the two girls at the record store to go back to his flat to have a 3-way with them is very different in the book.  In the movie the girls are about his age and the sex is consentual.  In the book, the girls are only 10 or 11 while Alex is 14.  And the sex isn't so much a 3-way as it is Alex raping them both to teach them a lesson.  It's probably the most disturbing scene of the book.

      Regardless, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange are two of my favorite movies and also two of my favorite books, although the books and movies are very different from each other.

      "Religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together" - James Madison

      by SierraDrinker on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 12:03:12 PM PDT

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    •  "Shawshank Redemption", "The Green Mile" (0+ / 0-)

      and "The Mist" are all excellent adaptations of Stephen King's work. I've read the books, I've seen the movies--I like them both!

      Oh! I almost forgot "Apt Pupil," an adaptation of Stephen's novella of the same name from the book "Different Seasons"--definitely look at this overlooked film.

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