Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining’/Image © Warner Bros.
Editor’s Note: It’s The Shining and Nightmare on Elm Street — but it’s not all creepy in our roundup today.
You don’t have to travel all the way to the Rocky Mountains to get the Overlook Hotel experience! Just head over to Brooklyn, where Morgan Avenue Underground will be hosting an outdoor screening of “The Shining” this Saturday night amid other multimedia artworks. Dress up warm, and try not to let the building’s ghostly former residents convince you to commit violent acts of mayhem.
When someone says the words “four-hour documentary,” your first instinct might be to head for the nearest exit. However, the new Blu-ray release of “Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy” seems to inspire the opposite reaction — the one where you order dinner in and call in sick to work the next day so that you can watch the entire film in one sitting. The premise is simple: using interviews to tell the story behind the original 1984 “Nightmare on Elm Street” — a plucky independent feature that became a surprise smash hit, putting New Line Cinemas on the map. Then the doc explores all of the sequels one by one, concluding with “Freddy vs. Jason” in 2003. Clever new stop-motion sequences knit everything together into a juggernaut that will change the way you look at filmmaking, not to mention Freddy Krueger himself. Check out the trailer below.
Amazon’s programming department is really swinging for the big leagues. They’ve just announced their intention to adapt the sexy sci-fi classic “Barbarella” into an original series. Perhaps “original” is the wrong word since even the film is based on a graphic novel by Jean-Claude Forest. Either way, they’d better find a way to cameo Jane Fonda — she’s still glamorous enough at seventy-six to fit into those revealing costumes.
Why do so many romantic comedies feature music by The Cure? The Awl has pointed its pop-culture laser vision at a phenomenon that sounds pretty obscure, until you realize it’s been under your nose all along. Extra kudos for proper (and extensive) use of Venn diagrams!