• Colin Rudge

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Colin Rudge 14 Apr, 2015

    A very fun film. In some ways it is less about all the theories about The Shining, which vary from the ingenious to the scarily plausible to the disturbingly lunatic, but about the power of art and the way that a great film can speak to and inspire individuals in so many different ways. A mass media film illustrates individual preoccupations and points of views: these may be extreme examples (almost consipracy theorist levels of dissection, and a film that…

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  • Erik Skybak

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Erik Skybak 15 Apr, 2015

    I've been working a theory in my head lately that says this: the real connection that an audience makes with a film is not in the information given to them, it's in the gaps in between that information. The filmmaker provides the context surrounding those gaps, then the audience fills in those gaps with their own experience of the world. The artistry and poetry comes from that contextualization. Some filmmakers leave bigger gaps than others, which explains films that take…

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  • Paul Bulger

    ★★★★ Watched by Paul Bulger 13 Apr, 2015

    Room 237 is not a documentary that is actually concerned with understanding the so-called "subtexts" in The Shining, this is an often times hysterically funny mockery of obsessive cinephiles.

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  • Ella

    ★★ Added by Ella

    Absolutely hilarious, but ultimately a waste of time. If you have nothing better to do, it's fun to listen to people's batshit theories about The Shining.

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  • apollo

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by apollo 09 Apr, 2015

    The first time I watched this I gave it 4 stars and considered a fascinating and original 'documentary' (film essay is more accurate), but this time I loved it even more intensely. I could - and will - watch this again and again and again. It's an enquiry into the multiplicities of artistic intent and meaning. It treats film as the glorious true artform that it is and attempts a rigorous close-reading that it deserves. I love it almost as much as I love the film it's about.

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  • Casey Burchby

    ★★½ Watched by Casey Burchby 09 Apr, 2015

    It's important for filmmakers to attend closely to continuity so that the flapping mouths of the insane remain closed.

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  • Aisling

    ★★ Watched by Aisling 07 Apr, 2015

    This was very different to what I expected. Room 237 has little to do with Kubrick's film at all - it is essentially a documentary about obsession. I thought that it would perhaps focus on theories and symbolism which is why it intrigued me enough to watch it in the first place, but really it's just 140 minutes of Shining-obsessed people bragging about things they've noticed in the film because they've seen it so many times. I like cool little…

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  • Jack Godwin

    ★★★½ Watched by Jack Godwin 24 Mar, 2015

    There are a few theories here that are fascinating and even a little convincing, as well as those that are completely bonkers ("the poster of a skier looks like a minotaur" etc.), but the theory that I came away believing in was one only touched upon as part of another - that the movie is about trauma and the human race forgetting past atrocities. This means that ideas about the holocaust and the slaughter of Native Americans may not be…

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  • Chris Kirby

    ★★★½ Watched by Chris Kirby 03 Apr, 2015

    An interesting documentary surrounding various readings into Kubrick's The Shining.

    This documentary is told entirely through imagery. We see footage not just from The Shining but from numerous other films. All of this visual overload plays in the background to voice-over narration from four different individuals. Each of these people have their own interpretation of what The Shining is "really" about. The documentary itself can also be read a few different ways and that was an interesting approach for me.…

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  • Malcolm

    ★★ Watched by Malcolm 26 Mar, 2015

    It's on Netflix so its worth a look. If you enjoyed The Shining try out the first few minutes to see if it's your cup o' tea.

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  • John Winters

    ★½ Watched by John Winters 26 Mar, 2015

    Very amateur, and beyond obsessive. Obsessive to the point of being uninteresting. I know that, time after time, Kubrick was very methodical in his craft but the makers of this documentary were even worse.

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  • lndncitygirltv

    ★★★ Watched by lndncitygirltv 19 Mar, 2015

    Interesting doc. around the multiple interpretations of The Shining and a discussion around the layers Kubrick introduced into the film. Some are believable but some, like the argument that The Shining is Kubrick's confession he faked the moon landings seem a bit far fetched. Some of the commentators seem a bit unhinged especially when you consider one lady took the time to map out the entire Overlook hotel which feels a bit unnecessary - we get it, hallways and windows spring up from no where but do we need an entire blueprint of this fake hotel?

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