You remember it? Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance who is being waited on by Joe Turkel, who plays the bartender Lloyd. Lloyd also gives Jack advice.
Ten years earlier, Joe Turkel was born on July 15, 1927.
Clearly, Passengers direct Morten Tyldum set up the scene to replicate (no Blade Runner pun intended) the scene from The Shining.
But there appears to be at least one level deeper to this than anyone knew about.
To which Fulton replied that "modern films w/ 237s inserted... hard not to assume the filmmakers just being clever. Pre-Shining 237s are where it gets weird."
Tyldum places other tributes (often nowadays called "Easter Eggs") in Passengers to link his film rather obviously to Kubrick's 2001 (think running around a circle going up) and to Gravity (the tether drama).
There are also directly overt items tied to 1959's Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, not to mention what I've written about the name Aurora on this blog), 1992's Aladdin (space walk = magic carpet ride), 1997's Titanic (Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack), and others.
After I saw Passengers, recently, I did more research and found this segment of an interview with the Norwegian director about Passengers.
Can we talk about your apparent love for Kubrick because when I watched Passengers I could tell that Kubrick was a huge influence. Was Passengers the film where you thought to yourself: I have this big Kubrickian itch I have to scratch and this is my opportunity?Definitely. [laughs] There’s a few Easter eggs for Kubrick fans where they can see very specific set elements from at least three Kubrick movies. I said, “I want, not just to be inspired by it, but I want THAT.” These specific things will be popping up in my movie so people can find it for themselves.Sure, there's another Kubrick created "egg" in there. But I found more.
In every Kubrick movie, the set and surrounding are like a character in itself. The Shining, of course, is a big example but also in 2001 [with] the space station. Every detail in the sets is such an important part of the story. I felt that the spaceship Avalon is a character in itself. The way that Kubrick treats the sets and how the character is put in its surroundings is something I was very inspired by when I was doing Passengers. It felt very natural to do a literal tribute to him. It’s also fun because our production designer (Guy Hendrix Dyas) is also a big Kubrick fan and it was fun to put those little Easter eggs in there and sprinkle them in the movie.
Can I ask what the third Kubrick movie is?Nope!
The deeper Michael Sheen -> Meyrick Sheen -> Jack Nicholson overlap was a complete surprise to me. It might be such a subtle one that only certain Kubrick scholars and the Sheen family have reflected on it.
For the reader, I hope you find these "two Jacks" a unique (minor) discovery, as this science of Cryptokubrology establishes itself.
Bonjour.Frozen journey, by P.K. Dick (I hope I shall arrive soon).Frozen/JackRemember the number of Aurora's room and the use of an axe to destroy a door !JP