Monday, 15 October 2012

Reasons why I love Youtube #34

Ya boy Barry Lyndunn right chea already been aware of the conspiracy theory suggesting Stanley Kubrick was hired by the US government to fake the Apollo 11 moon landings footage as a ploy to fool the Russians during the making of 2001 : a Space Odyssey, but I ain't never realise The Shining was less of a literary adaptation and more of a veiled confession about his part in the okie-doke until reading Michael Atkinson's introduction to David Thomson's The Shining-inspired short story in the latest issue of Sight & Sound magazine. Lo and behold, teh internet is rife with speculation, including this video by the wacko (no U.T.P) who first originated the theory :


Before you dismiss this video as a bunch of far-fetched coincidences by some tinfoil hat wearing crackpot, consider this : how else could Kubrick have secured $65 million from Warner Brothers over the course of a near-decade to waste on a portentous mess like Eyes Wide Shut unless he had some sort of dirty secret trump-card up his sleeve to hold over them?

Uh-oh, did Mr Full Metal Jacka right chea just solve the biggest cinematic mystery of the past twenty years? Coming next : I expose how Terrence Malick faked Felix Baumgartner's space jump yesterday in a trade off Red Bull funding his next movie; that's the only explanation I can come up with for anyone backing him financially after a disaster like The Tree Of Life.

12 comments:

bradley said...

weirdly convincing so far

done said...

You got the blog game back to front and side to side according to the Bol manual I keep handy. Youre supposed to beef with teh blog elite, blow up, get payed birdfeed by a dying print institution, beef with a few rappers directly, then go out in a blaze of softcore pr0n & "CONTRA put AIDS in Lil Flip's drank" exposés.

The video presents a pretty solid argument, by the standards of these things. Id like to read a Stephen King adaptation/rap game analogy post ala your last Malick post.

Richard Tre Mane said...

Afraid I'm not the man for that job since I've never read a Stephen King novel, and I can only think of 5 good movie adaptations of his books : Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Stand By Me and It.

vollsticks said...

Isn't Eyes Wide Shut itself supposed to be a veiled expose of The Bohemian Grove and secret societies in general?
Anyway, interesting video with some fairly convincing arguments...I still don't think the moon landing was faked though, personally.
Never read Stephen King?!? He's the Charles Dickens of the 20th century, Tre Mane!

Richard Tre Mane said...

I've never been a fan of horror novels.

Fulci Lives said...

I would rate Carpenter's adaptation of Christine as superior to King's novel. The big changes work a lot better, imo.

Really love Salem's Lot too.

Richard Tre Mane said...

Good call on Christine.

What do you make of the "The Shining was a confession in literary adaptation clothing, yo!!!" theory?

Fulci Lives said...

What do I make of it? I think if you invest enough time and effort into searching for hidden symbols, subtext and metaphors in any movie, you'll be clutching straws at anything contained within to whatever conspiracist agenda that's out there. Given time, any David Icke type of geezer would probably convince the Mindbenders of this world that the film Smokey & The Bandit is a hidden analogy to twelve-foot shape changing lizards running our planet and that Jackie Gleeson represents their oppression and enslavement while his idiotic son is a representation of the apathetic and ignorant masses. Burt Reynolds is of course mankind's valiant rebellious spirit, that we must all attain to in achieving victory in the ongoing Hypno War. See what I mean?

Richard Tre Mane said...

I feel you, dawg.

Mr Bozack said...

Ha not the worst one I've ever seen. Shame that so many King movie adaptations are no budget tv movies but then I suppose that fits in a way.

But then you've also got Shawshank and Green Mile..

The Dark Tower's well worth a read, immense. Hopefully they don't fuck up the film/tv series too much.

Fosterakahunter said...

I vaguely remember, without details, the story about Kubrick and the space walk footage, but I've always called bullsh@t at the moon landing. Why in the 60's but never again since, when you consider how technology has advanced?

Fosterakahunter said...

'The Shining' was not a faithful very adaptation, same with 'The Dead Zone'. Dude's books tend to be hard to bring to the screen due to extreme wordiness and exposition.

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