You could fill a black hole with all that’s been written about The Shining already so there’s little point in me repeating it all, but watching it again made me realise that there are some films that are so meticulously crafted that I reckon you could pause them at any random point and you would have a beautiful, perfectly composed and lit image that wouldn’t look out of place hanging in an art gallery.
So I decided to start an experiment. It’s called (a fanfare here would be nice) The Incredible Suit’s 30-Minute Freeze-Frame Challenge and it goes something like this: Pick a film, any film. Stick it in your DVD player, spin forward to precisely the 30 minute mark, hit pause and see what you get. Then do the same at one hour, one hour 30 minutes and so on. If you end up with three or four amazing images your film has passed and you should immediately consume a bottle of the finest champagne known to man. If not it has failed and you should hang your head in shame while standing in your front garden for 24 hours inviting passing strangers to wee on you.
I realise this experiment completely ignores many achievements in scriptwriting, acting, music and so on, but I’ll just have to think of another experiment for them. In the meantime, The Shining: does it pass (fanfare) The Incredible Suit’s 30-Minute Freeze-Frame Challenge? (Warning: it gets a bit arty so I may have to speak French occasionally)
0:30:00: Here's Jack being right browned off at being interrupted by his irritating missus. It's a perfectly composed shot, with his body language and the fact that she's almost being pushed out of the frame showing his utter disdain for her. Not sure what that big roll of wallpaper is doing in the foreground though.
1:00:00: OK, it might not be pretty, but that is a woman with some serious issues concerning her possessed husband and psychic son. A bit too much blue backlight perhaps, but nicely framed with the picture in the background, non?
1:30:00: Here's Jack trying to convince Captain Blumburtt from Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, who may or may not be a ghostly pre-incarnation of himself, to let him out of the pantry. Unspectacular but still an interesting composition, n'est-ce pas?
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