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Room 237 (2012)


Peace pipes. Baking soda. The end of history. Impossible windows. The Holocaust. Subliminal sexual imagery. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining is bloody scary. And for some people who have a nitpicking obsessive completionist brain,rather like the 200 IQ Kubrick himself, there’s a world to be found in this idiosyncratic film, frame by frame. Rodney Ascher’s documentary issues a disclaimer clarifying that nobody that ever had anything to do with the production of The Shining was involved in this in any way. Arranged in nine categories, the voice over theories are matched to (very) repetitive sequences from both The Shining and other Kubrick films (and referenced works). This is nutsville, on one level, and then you find yourself agreeing with … a lot. (Isn’t repetition and protein deprivation what the Moonies do? I digress).  Kubrick’s phenomenal intellectual breadth and depth leads you to conclude that maybe everyone here is right. And not to get too postmodern about it, meaning is in the eye of the beholder, regardless of the auteur’s intentions. He’s not around to confirm or deny, and in the words of Scatman Crothers, Room 237 is nothing. Maybe …

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