Watching The Shining In the Time of Trump

This evening, thanks to TCM and Lincoln Square Cinemas, I caught The Shining on the big screen for the first time. Though I’ve seen the picture dozens of times over the years, seeing it in a theater gave me a new appreciation for the impact of the steadicam, and just how frightening Jack Nicholson can be… Continue reading Watching The Shining In the Time of Trump

42 Since ’71 (Part 1)

Julia Sweeney, she of Saturday Night Live and Letting Go Of God, describes a fun idea for a best movie list in her latest blog post: I went on a Mike Leigh bender during May – I’ve seen all those films before, but it was lovely to see them again. Topsy Turvy is one of my all-time favorite films.  The… Continue reading 42 Since ’71 (Part 1)

So Over It Contest #14: Dedication Edition

Once again, no winners for our previous contest. You’ll be kicking yourselves when I show you the picture from the front. This is the Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. It’s long been famous for its skiing and scenic beauty, though many remember it better because Stanley Kubrick decided to cast it as the Overlook Hotel… Continue reading So Over It Contest #14: Dedication Edition

The Worst Book Cover Ever

Only yesterday I was making a few suggestions about what the Summer of Long Knives cover should be. Basically, I suggested a theme and left it at that. The cover artist didn’t tell me how to write the book, so I think it’s fair that, a few general concepts aside, I let the man do… Continue reading The Worst Book Cover Ever