As Halloween gets closer, there will be more and more no-brainer choices. Today is a huge no-brainer. In fact it’s one of my all-time favorite movies of any genre. If you haven’t seen The Shining by now, hit yourself in the face with a wrench. If you haven’t seen it again within the past few years, hit yourself in the face with a slightly smaller wrench. The Shining is one of those movies that I seriously need to watch every damn year. I just watched it a few weeks ago in fact. The combination of Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, and Jack Nicholson is a perfect storm of fantastic creepiness. No less than 100 quotable lines, 100 memorable scenes, and constant musical cues that will forever drill into your soul. Look purists, I know that Kubrick strayed from the original novel quite a bit in places. I’ve read the book; I know. But guess what, that’s fine. This is Kubrick’s Shining, not King’s Shining. King has his book (and later the miniseries,) Kubrick had this masterpiece. Elevator’s full of blood, winding big wheel excursions down twisty hallways, twin murdered girls, naked moldy old women, Scatman Crowther’s fruitless journey, axes galore, and holy hell, the hedge maze. “Come play with us, Danny… For evah, and evah, and evah….” YES. I still have a few conflicting theories bouncing in my brain about what that final photograph means, so I think that gives me another reason to go watch it again right now.