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TV Review: Doctor Who 10.5 “Oxygen”
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Doctor Who Episode 10.5 Oxygen

Doctor Who
Season 10, Episode 5 “Oxygen”
Directed by Charles Palmer
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Kieran Bew, Mimi Ndiweni
BBC America
Air date: May 13, 2017

Ah, now that’s more like it. After a somewhat tepid attempt at atmospheric haunted house horror last week, Doctor Who brings us a full-throated example of zombie horror in Episode 10.5 “Oxygen.” Drawing on a diverse series of film influences that use horror and jeopardy to entertain as well as launch social and economic critiques, experienced Doctor Who hands Charles Palmer (“Smith and Jones,” “The Shakespeare Code”) and Jamie Mathieson (“Mummy On The Orient Express,” “Flatline”) create a tense, kinetic episode that is much of what Episode 10.4 “Knock Knock” wasn’t and raises the average quality of the episodes this season to a very respectable place. More about the episode and its influences after the jump.

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What Makes Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ So Darn Creepy? (Video)
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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

Director Stanley Kubrick‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s horror classic The Shining is a terrifying movie, everyone knows this. But what makes the movie so scary, so unsettling, so darn creepy?

YouTube channel Lessons From the Screenplay dives into the film in a new video titled “The Shining — Quietly Going Insane Together.” The video touches on Kubrick and co-writer Diane Johnson‘s process in crafting it, before moving on to what exactly makes it so creepy.

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Retro Movie Review: The Shining (1980) – Fathom Events
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The Shining Fathom Events

The Shining
Available now on Blu-ray
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers
Warner Brothers
Not Rated | 146 Minutes
Original Release Date: June 13th, 1980
Fathom Events Screening: October 23, 2016

October is horror movie month. If you ask horror fans to rank the scariest movies of all time, one movie guaranteed to make almost every list is Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Controversial in his “loose” adaptation of Stephen King’s source material, Kubrick’s film was under-appreciated at the time of its 1980 release, actually procuring two Razzie Award nominations, including one for Kubrick himself. Over time though, The Shining has found its rightful place in horror’s pantheon of greats. This month, Fathom Events, Warner Brothers, and Turner Classic Movies came together to bring The Shining back to movie screens near you for one more day only, Wednesday, October 26th, as part of TCM’s Big Screen Classics series. The first of two days showcasing The Shining was Sunday.

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Fathom Events: ‘The Shining’ Returning To Theaters
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The Shining Fathom Events

For two days, later this month right in time for Halloween, movie fans will be able to gleefully yell, “HERE’S JOHNNY!” I am horror movie super fan, so it is with great love and respect for the genre that I call The Shining one of the scariest films of all time. Acclaimed Oscar-nominated director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining will return to theaters for two days only.

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Retro Movie Review: Dr. Strangelove (1964) – Fathom Events
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Dr. Strangelove Peter Sellers

Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
DVD | Digital HD
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, James Earl Jones, Peter Bull, Keenan Wynn, Sterling Hayden
Columbia Pictures
Original Release date: January 29, 1964

Fathom Events, Sony Pictures, and Turner Classic Movies’ Big Screen Classics series brought Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb back to theaters in the U.S. for select dates this month (with two screenings still to come), so this was my chance to see Stanley Kubrick‘s 1964 satire on the big screen for the first time.

When Dr. Strangelove came out in 1964, the United States in deep in Cold War paranoia. The 1950s saw the rise of McCarthyism, the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Hollywood blacklists, and the Rosenbergs trial. As the decade turned, Americans sat with clenched teeth during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. A year later, President John F. Kennedy was dead. Only a visionary filmmaker like Stanley Kubrick could make light of such a dark period in history. What he co-wrote and directed was a fiercely anti-war movie, and one of the greatest satires ever made. It was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay (Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter George), and Actor (Peter Sellers). Based on the political climate right now, maybe it is the perfect film to be re-introduced into American pop culture.

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Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Dr. Strangelove’ Returning To Theaters For Limited Run
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Dr. Strangelove graphic

Crazed military men threatening worldwide annihilation… The two biggest global superpowers threatening World War III… A deranged madman with a doomsday device… must be one the best damn comedies of all time! Thanks to Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series, Stanley Kubrick‘s classic satire Dr. Strangelove is returning to this theaters this month for a few screenings.

On Sunday, September 18th and Wednesday, September 21st, the film will play twice each day, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm (local times), in over 650 movie theaters nationwide, and feature a specially-produced commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.

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Must See: Filming Of ‘The Shining’ Re-Created In Stanley Kubrick POV Video
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The Shining Re-creation

Fans of director Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining are sure to love this video. Those who haven’t already seen it, that is.

The video was made to promote a season of Kubrick movies that were to air on a UK TV station called More4, and it’s presented from Kubrick’s point of view as he makes his way through some of the various sets of The Shining, all re-created just for this promo, while the movie is being filmed. It’s one of the cooler promos I’ve ever seen, a one-shot walkthrough filled to the brim with familiar locations and props and characters from the film. Though brand new to me, you can image my shock to discover it’s actually from EIGHT years ago. Yikes. Either I was on one of my many incredible time traveling adventures, or the internet dropped the ball on this one. Hey, times were tough back then. It wasn’t easy to go viral unless you had a video of a kitten with sleepy eyes farting Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”

So if you’re like me and you’ve somehow never seen this little hidden gem, be sure to click on over to the other side to check it out.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Tusks, Theorems, and Teen Lit
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Kevin Smith's Tusk

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Digital Wire. Hope you all had a wonderful and scare-tastic Halloween because by the sound of the Christmas songs starting their yearly infection of the radio airwaves, an even more frightening time of year is upon us.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.

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IKEA Re-Creates Scene From ‘The Shining’ For Halloween Commercial (Video)
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The Shining Image (1980)

IKEA is in the Halloween spirit, as can be seen in the furniture store’s latest commercial.

The commercial is a homage to the late Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, recreating the famous scene in which Danny rides around the Overlook Hotel on his Big Wheel tricycle before coming face-to-face with those nightmare-inducing ghost twins.

You can watch the commercial below.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Batman, Godzilla, Apes, Kubrick, Krull & more!
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Batman

We the awesome and tireless Geeks of Doom have long covered nearly every hallowed territory of the pop culture domain. Now that we have a regular column devoted to upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release news called The Digital Wire that will be written each week by yours truly, you can consider us truly invincible.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power.

This week we have Batman, Godzilla, Apes, Kubrick, Krull, and more!

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