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The Shining Showdown: For Once, the Movie is Better

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The Shining Showdown: For Once, the Movie is Better

I want to start this off with a caveat here: I love Stephen King.  It is probably one of my favorite books of all time, I wholeheartedly believe that even Bram Stoker doesn’t have shit on Salem’s Lot, and perhaps most tellingly, I thought The Tommyknockers was somewhat readable.  It’s a genuine shame to me that almost nothing that people have attempted to adapt to a visual medium has really worked.  Except for that one time that Stanley Kubrick actually managed to one-up the guy who created the damn story in the first place.   We’re gonna start broad, and hone in here:  Why...

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The Shining Showdown: In Defense of the Source Material

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The Shining Showdown: In Defense of the Source Material

When the “Shining Showdown” was announced on the podcast, I instantly saw through the surface argument to the root of the issue. I don’t imagine that The Rob Oneal truly believes the mini-series was a better product, although maybe he does, I surmise that the real disagreement we have here is: source material vs Kubrick’s interpretation. For audience members who have not read the novel, the knee jerk reaction is to say that the film is superior to the television version. While cinematically it is gorgeous, The Shining (1980) is a far cry from Stephen King’s original book. Rudimentary aspects like the...

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