Room 237: Everyone Is Entitled to My Opinion

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Written and Directed by:
Rodney Ascher
Produced by:
Tim Kirk
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Did Stanley Kubrick help fake the Apollo 11 moon landing? Could it be that the US government hired him after they watched 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Maybe Kubrick couldn’t handle the pressure of keeping his involvement a secret, and had to tell the public somehow. Maybe if he put enough subliminal messaging into one of his movies, someday someone would figure it out. That’s a pretty interesting idea, but maybe Kubrick didn’t actually help fake the moon landing? I mean hell, maybe we actually landed on the moon, right? So maybe Kubrick’s masterpiece “The Shining” is about something else, like the genocide of the American Indian, or the Holocaust. All of these theories and more are covered in Room 237, as the filmmakers try to uncover any possible hidden meaning behind “The Shining” with the help of several theorists.

Stephen King’s book “The Shining,” and Stanley Kubrick’s movie “The Shining” are so different from each other, it’s easy to see why King hated the movie so much. King even wrote a script for the movie which Kubrick turned down. Kubrick tortured a lot of people involved in the making of this movie and the documented footage of him belittling Shelly Duval is hard to watch to say the least. More surprising though was how much he tortured King who had nothing to do with the production of the film. It’s said that Kubrick would call King up at all hours of the night asking him seemingly arbitrary questions like if he believed in God. I think it’s an easy conclusion to draw that Kubrick was making more than a simple horror film.

I have to say I’m a sucker for these types of movies. Any movie that’ll make me question an established belief is going to get added to my queue immediately. Now if you add in my favorite movie, from my favorite genre, I’m sold all the way around. It’s easy to assume that “The Shining” is just a well-made horror movie and the people in the documentary are simply trying to make something out of nothing. However, anyone who knows anything about Stanley Kubrick could tell you that man was a methodical genius. With a staggering I.Q. of 200, and a proven interest in subliminal messaging at the time, it’s easy to see how these people came up with their theories.

Room 237 was interesting to say the least. The documentary was a mix of theories, facts, detailed imagery, and great clips from “The Shining.” One of my favorite things about this movie was the animated maps of the Overlook Hotel that were used to explain movement of the characters. If nothing else this movie has helped bring a new appreciation to my already favorite movie. If asked would I suggest this film, a simple answer would be”yes.” The truth of the matter is that Room 237 should be watched multiple times. You can rent or buy this movie on the link I provided below, or you can just click the movie poster above. My suggestion is to buy this movie, watch it multiple times, and make your friends watch it as well.

Head over to SundanceNow to see what lies behind the door of ROOM 237

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