Episode 3: SHINING WARS with Pete the Retailer from Star Wars Minute & Joe Dator

We explore the surprising overlap of Star Wars and The Shining, along with analysis of Jack, eagles, and the mysterious Bill Watson. Bonus: Plenty of arguing.



Obi-Wan Kenobi sacrificed his life when he saw that Luke, Leia, Han and the others could escape the Death Star in this pivotal scene.


Kubrick, clearly troubled by the burned-to-the-ground Colorado Lounge set.



Bill Watson’s pants seem to change. Supernatural or sloppy?

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Eagle statue behind Ullman’s desk.



We loves us some Barry Dennen.


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Episode 2: SAD SANDWICHES AND HAPPY CONSPIRACIES with cinephile Megan Dooley

Megan Dooley and I stroll through the Overlook, hang out in the office, discuss some ghostly weirdness, and then have a terrible sandwich with Wendy, Danny and Tony.



One of many stories about Kubrick and his obsession with his cats and other pets.


This seems to be the painting outside of Ullmann’s office (or one version of it), titled “The Great Mother.” The Native American artist’s name is Norval Morisseau. More on him in another episode!



The conspiracy erection. We’re not buying it, although Ullmann certainly IS glad to see him.



Here’s a link to some evidence to my own Shining conspiracy theory, about Ullmann.

Entertainment Weekly article with Jan Harlan


Danny’s phaser, which apparently will be of no use to him.



Kubrick’s constant use of cartoon characters and fairy tale references was likely influenced by his reading the 1976 book The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim, which he studied with his co-writer Diane Johnson. Bettelheim turned out to be a fraud and child abuser. Ultimately, a fascinating story of sociopathic power that ruined countless lives.

Wikipedia entry on Bruno Bettelheim



Saul Bass’s wonderful original poster. Sufficiently scared a young Megan.



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Episode 1: ELECTRIC BLUE CREDITS with New Yorker cartoonist Joe Dator and cinephile Megan Dooley

We look at the first two minutes and thirty-seven seconds of Kubrick’s masterpiece. The music! The flying! The credits! More weird trivia than you can shake an axe at!



This album was huge.



The version of the Dies Irae that inspired the opening of The Shining begins at 3:30.


Scatman Crothers in one of his most beloved roles.


“Horn.” [pause] “Toad.” (The password was “trombone.”)


He’s not actually in the opening credits, he barely says a word in the movie, but we love him anyway:  Mr. Barry Dennen.


It’s all about the music.


BONUS EPISODE: Kubrick’s life & movies leading up to The Shining, with Joe Dator

Joe and I take a wide-eyed jog (in less than half an hour!) through Kubrick’s life and films leading up to the release of The Shining. Good prep for episode one, coming soon!





A kid from the Bronx.



A photo Kubrick sold to look magazine while he was still in high school.


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The actual flying padre! We should have noted that these were shorts. This film was about nine minutes long.



Fear and Desire (1953)


Killers-Kiss (1)

Killer’s Kiss (1955)



The Killing (1956)



Paths of Glory (1957) with Timothy Carey



Spartacus (1960)



Lolita (1962)



Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) with Peter Sellers



2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)



A Clockwork Orange (1971) with Philip Stone



Barry Lyndon (1975)


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Episode zero with New Yorker cartoonist Joe Dator

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Here’s my Kubrick list, best to worst. Kubrick would not be happy with this list.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Shining
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Paths of Glory
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Spartacus
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Lolita
  • Killer’s Kiss
  • Fear and Desire
  • The Killing
  • Eyes Wide Shut
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