Friday, May 22, 2020

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

The Shining (1980)

Wendy: Hey. Wasn't it around here that 
the Donner Party got snowbound?
Jack: I think that was farther west in the Sierras.
Wendy: Oh.
Danny: What was the Donner Party?
Jack: They were a party of settlers in covered-wagon times. 
They got snowbound one winter in the mountains. 
They had to resort to cannibalism in order to stay alive.
Danny: You mean they ate each other up?
Jack: They had to, in order to survive.
Wendy: Jack...
Danny: Don't worry, Mom. I know all 
about cannibalism. I saw it on TV.
Jack: See, it's okay. He saw it on the television. 

The Shining turns 40 tomorrow! And since I won't be posting tomorrow, in a brave accordance with my wish to continue observing the former entity known as "weekends," I post this news today, on a Friday. Yes, it is a Friday. Apparently. Anyway I'm pretty sure I'm going to watch The Shining tonight in order to celebrate, maybe you should too. But just for Shelley Duvall. Because she's the real reason for the season. Read my previous piece on her perfect performance over at TFE. Shelley forever.

1 comment:

Aquinas1220 said...

Great article Jason! It always bugged the hell out of me when some of my fellow horror aficionados trashed Duvall in The Shining. It didn't take them long, but eventually the conversation about her performance would always come down to some variation of "she's so unattractive" (as if Jack were somehow a thirst trap).