Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #2


Episode 2: THE SHINING

In the second episode of the Film and Water sub-series, Rob takes Darlin’ Tracy on a to a trip to the Overlook Hotel for a look at Stanley Kubrick’s classic THE SHINING! Does she make it all the way through all 143 minutes? Hit Play and find out!

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16 responses to “Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #2

  1. Congrats to Tracy on making it through this one. As Rob pointed out, a lot of folks who LIKE horror movies can’t! I first saw this when I was 10 or so, after the horror Band-Aid had been ripped off with The Thing. It blew my young mind.

    I’m not a Shelly Duvall fan, and this movie doesn’t help. But having heard the horror stories the poor woman was put through, I sympathize with her. Pretty crummy way to treat your talent, no matter who you are, or what the end result is.

    Rob, you definitely need to share “The Shinning” from The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror with Tracy. I bet she’d get a kick out of it after watching this.

    Fun show! Keep ’em coming!


  2. Thanks Chris! Strangely enough, even though she said she didn’t really like the movie, Tracy and I watched one of the docs I mentioned, which details all the set abnormalities to be found in the movie. Sounds like a Shining fan to me!

    Don’t say “Shinning”! Do yah want to get sued?

  3. I’d like to add my congratulations to Tracy for making it through The Shining. As I mentioned last episode, this is one of the few horror movies I’ve ever watched all the way through.

    I’ve been wondering what it is about this movie that allowed me to get through it. In the end, I think I was drawn into the story by the mystery surrounding the lodge. That is, wanting to figure out what had happened there in the past, and how that tied into what Jack and his family were experiencing. Of course, you’re forced to draw your own conclusions in the end. I didn’t mind that, in this case, because it was so well done.

    1. Thanks for listening Brian. I enjoy the movie’s mysteries–it took me a long time to get into movies that don’t answer everything, but thankfully I’ve gotten past that.

  4. I took so much entertainment from the verbal contortions Rob went through to ensure that Tracy eventually said it wasn’t a bad movie even though she didn’t like it at all. Oh and by the way Tracy, you’re not as alone as you think. I for one find the behind the scenes stories WAY more engrossing than the film itself. Kubrick’s meticulous planning and execution is frequently fascinating but rarely actually engaged me on anything other than a technical level, and this is kind of the shining example of that (see what I did there?)

    1. I can tell when Tracy is bored, and she was watching the movie the whole time, so I knew there was something she “liked” about it, even if she found it unpleasant. I’ve had the same reaction to some movies (Texas Chainsaw, Last House on the Left, Salo), so that’s why I was so determined to define whether she didn’t like it OR thought it was objectively not good.

      FWIW, I understand the chilliness some people have to Kubrick’s work. My fav film of his is not one of his mega epics, but PATHS OF GLORY.

      Thanks for listening!

      1. For me the two Kubrick movies I actually got into are the two that at least feel the least restrained and meticulous: Dr. Strangelove and Clockwork Orange. I’m sure they’re just as a precise as anything else he’s done but they at least feel unbridled in a way his other works don’t.

  5. Really enjoying these episodes! Well done to Tracy for making it through – I’m not mad on horror films either, so good on you for putting yourself out there!

    You may prefer the 2006 recut trailer to a rather different vision of the movie (and it gives me an excuse to share one of my all time YouTube clips!) :

    Rob’s insights into the weird, unsettling, impossible geography of the hotel were really interesting – I may have to steel myself and watch it again to try to pick up on those cues. Do you know if those Kubrick documentaries available online?

  6. I was gonna congratulate Tracy on getting through it, and then I was going to say I was surprised she didn’t like it, and then I remembered… I used not to like it either.

    The thing with the Shining is that each time you see it, you come away thinking about it differently. You notice things. You start asking questions. You interpret. And it becomes this strange film artifact of bottomless depth. It’ll never be a movie I crave to see, but each time I do, I appreciate (which is not the same as love, but deep interest an fascination has a place in my emotional spectrum) it more and more.

    I used to think it was Kubrick’s lesser film, but that’s because it was disguised as a Stephen King adaptation.

  7. Seeing the trailer for this movie ahead of Kramer vs Kramer scarred my childhood, and early television viewing creeped me out. Unfortunately, adulthood largely divorced me from any concerns about the possibility of ghosts, and my patience for Kubrick’s work is finite. Last time I watched The Shining, I was so bored I could barely pay attention to it. Some indelible moments and images, but a snooze to me now. That said, the girlfriend wants to visit Colorado, and has specifically looked into booking the hotel they used. I’m game. Too bad there isn’t a real hedge maze, though.

  8. Bravo!!! Fun podcast about one of my (and my wife’s) favorite movie. Tracy definitely picked up the premise of the movie without knowing the book, story, etc.

    I have an idea for your podcast: a reverse episode where Tracy has Rob watch her favorite movie that Rob might not like :)

  9. Re: Is the Shining a supernatural story or is Jack Torrance just crazy?

    The Overlook Hotel is definitely haunted. When Jack Torrance is locked in the pantry, he has the talk with Grady through the door which could be in his head except that when they agree Jack has to “correct” his wife and son, Grady unlocks the door thus proving that there is something going on beyond Jack being delusional.

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