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by Shawn Stone on June 5, 2014

REDRUM REDRUM  Tonight (Thursday, June 5), a presentation by game developer and film blogger Kevin McLeod (mstrmnd) will address these questions posed by the good folks at Basilica Hudson: “Is The Shining much more than a movie? Could it be the pivotal work of 20th century art that lures us into the next stages of languages? Does it spur new forms of communication that will let us one day look back at our primeval alphabets and medieval languages as stepping stones in evolutionary history?”

This cinema event—part of a series being presented at Basilica Hudson–will feature McLeod giving his interpretation of Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic in a “thought-provoking” presentation.

If you want an idea of where the discussion might go, Boing Boing published this McLeod statement: “In my research for a game, I began writing a guide to The Shining, which I discovered is a part of a glyphic continuum. It’s something Kubrick no doubt was aware he was building. Kubrick was essentially transforming English into meso-American visual cognition, but in a process that leaps over thousands of years of schism.”

Physical Cosmologies: The Shining will be presented tonight (June 5) at 8 PM at Basilica Hudson (110 S. Front St., Hudson). Admission is free. For more info, call 822-1050.

SADDLE UP  Seventy-five years ago, the western film was almost as out of fashion as it is today. Sure, “B” westerns were staples of Saturday matinees and double features, but few major studios were making “oaters.” Then producer Walter Wanger teamed up with director John Ford and made Stagecoach, which earned a pile of money and brought the genre back to prominence. It also made John Wayne a superstar—an outcome clearly anticipated by Ford—and employed such usual suspects from Ford’s stock company as Andy Devine, John Carradine and Berton Churchill (alongside George Bancroft and top-billed Claire Trevor). Stagecoach is being screened Monday (June 9) in the GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady) as part of the AFI 100 series. Showtimes are at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 PM. Tickets are just $5. Go.

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