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Room 237

Being An Inquiry Into The Shining in 9 Parts
(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining. Over 30 years later we're still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Rodney Ascher's wry and provocative documentary fuses fact and fiction through interviews with both fanatics and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick's still-controversial classic.
Title: Room 237
being an inquiry into The shining in 9 parts
[videorecording]
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : IFC Films : Distributed by MPI Media Group, [2013]
Edition: Two-disc special edition widescreen version
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 102 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: IFC Midnight & Highland Park Classics present ; produced by Tim Kirk ; directed by Rodney Ascher
Notes: Originally produced as a documentary film in 2012
"Neither this film, nor any view or opinion expressed in it, nor the context in which film footage and images are used, is approved of endorsed by, or is in any way associated with, they Kubrick 1981 Trust, Stanley Kubrick's family, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., or anyone else connected with the making of the motion picture 'The Shining' ("'The Shining' Filmmakers"). The views and opinions expressed in this documentary film are solely those of the commentators in it and do not reflect the views of Stanley Kubrick or 'The Shining' filmmakers."--Container
Special features: The mstrmnd [mastermind] speaks: commentary with Kevin McLeod; Secrets of 'The Shining': Panel discussion from the First Annual Stanley Film Festival; 11 deleted scenes; The making of the music featurette; Mondo poster design discussion with artist Aled Lewis; Trailer; trailer, Alternate trailers
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining. Over 30 years later we're still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Rodney Ascher's wry and provocative documentary fuses fact and fiction through interviews with both fanatics and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick's still-controversial classic.
ISBN: 0788617125
9780788617126
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.430233 ROOM
Country of Producing Entity: United States
Credits: Music, Jonathan Snipes & William Hutson and the Caretaker.
Performers: Interviews with: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner.
System Details: DVD; Region 1; anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1; NTSC
Other Language: In English with optional Spanish subtitles and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH)
Subject Headings: Kubrick, Stanley Shining (Motion picture) Horror films History and criticism Horror films Interviews
Genre/Form: Documentary films
Filmed interviews
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Horror films
Horror films
Publisher No: IFC9879 IFC Films
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I think the best part of this film is the panel discussion DVD extra where Kubrick's crew member slams the entire premise of this film.

Aug 25, 2014
  • cinecita rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

a horrible, horrible, horrible waste of time.

i was excited to see this movie. i'm not the biggest fan of kubrick. for me, save for a few of his first movies, he's too self indulgent, too cold, to cerebral, and hellishly boring. so, i thought, the idea of a movie about people like me, who adore constructing theories about movies, might be the thing to make me reconsider kubrick. instead i was subjected to 2 hours of the most absurd film theories i've ever heard.

this is how *not to* construct a film theory 101.

these people were concocting theories about anything and everything. a can of noodle soup in one scene? great, the movie is about cooking. wtf, people? look: if you're going to construct a theory about a film the main guide has to be consistency. does your theory hold true for the whole film? are there things that might refute your theory in the film? does the symbolism you apply really build on other symbols? they never bother to ask these basic questions, so the result is a waste of time.

the worst is the one about how the building interior could not have existed irl. seriously? it's called editing. considering that you could say the same about 98% of movie interiors AND exteriors, why is this in the film? have they never seen a chase sequence in a film? they are always geographically jumbled. this made me think, does she--- or the film makers--- even understand the way films work?

the only thing that is more incomprehensible than this film is why anybody would make or even want to watch this film more than once.

It's not often you get to watch a movie about a movie, and this one is very compelling. We learn how detailed Kubrick is with his movie making, his love for structural patterns in particular. I'll have to re-watch The Shining now.

Feb 01, 2014
  • bears1985 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ok first I was expecting a horror movie not the history, theories, etc about a horror movie! I was hoping for a nice scary movie, that said it was interesting to see all the theories and people with way much time on there hands to come up with this stuff like overlaying the film with one going forward and the other starting at the end going backward and seeing how it all lines up oh well it comes down to this it's a movie about a movie pretty well done so if you are into that this is for you

Jan 19, 2014
  • pronto1961 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had no idea the shining had this kind of following. truly.

Dec 24, 2013
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable as a tribute to Kubrick, as a look at people's obsessions and as a tweak at film scholars. Great soundtrack too. A lot of fun.

Nov 04, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Honestly this kind of hurt my head a bit. There were some interesting, and outlandish, theories here, some I've heard and some I've not, but it was just a lot to take in. It was also difficult considering you almost never saw the speaker of whatever theory - you just have voiceovers over clips from other Kubrick films or photographs or whatever. It just made the film seem really long.

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Aug 08, 2013
  • libguy_1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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