Room 237

Posted February 6, 2012 in ,
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Room 237
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Rodney Ascher

In preparation for my screening of Rodney Ascher’s experimental cinematic exploration into the mysterious theories and underlying messages within the 1980 horror film The Shining, I re-watched Stanley Kubrick’s classic only hours before my screening and kept my eyelids peeled for anything abnormal. There are definitely many bizarre occurrences within Kubrick’s film, but what could Ascher and his friends clue me in on that I hadn’t already seen for myself? It turns out they revealed a lot and nothing all at once. Ascher combines five extremely different points of views surrounding the Jack Nicholson cult phenomenon, and what is unleashed are multiple speculations that propose Kubrick’s supposed views on the Native American massacres, his involvement with NASA’s fake moon landing and a barrage of wild proclamations that are too weird to give a second thought. While Ascher does document some credible discoveries with his presumptions, the primary force of entertainment comes from an assembly of film aficionados who clearly have too much time on their hands and turn insignificant continuity errors (i.e. a chair disappearing in a scene) into an end of the world assertion. For the number of times you’ll be fascinated with the probable theories presented, you’ll also wonder just how long the ghost of Stanley Kubrick will wait to materialize in order to slap some sense into these movie message molesters.

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