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Frightful October Horror Movie Picks – DAY 2

October 2, 2013

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“Room 237”

Fans of Stanley Kubrick and his brilliant masterpiece, “The Shining” should pay very close attention here. “Room 237” is a brilliant, sometimes utterly insane (or inane) documentary, depending on how you look at it. It’s one of those rare types of docs that come once in a blue moon. Film critics, film enthusiasts, and film scholars have come together, lending their voices, discussing the film in their own view. The opinions and theories vary from the possible to the straight up seeing what you want to see. I’m a fan of “The Shining” and I’ve also had my own opinions about the film, and I’m sure many of you do as well, which makes this viewing an even great piece of entertainment, perhaps your outlook on the movie is shared similarly to the ones some of the these cinematic pros have contrived.

“Room 237” isn’t your typical brand of traditional documentary, it decides to bare far left from the status quo, using the voices of the film analysis, and have them connect Kubrick’s film with genocide of Native Americans, the Holocaust, the Apollo 11 moon landing, subliminal marketing, and even human sexuality (which was the perceptive outlook I more or less agreed with before the docs release). The interviewees are not seen, but rather, their commentaries and claims about the film are heard over a variety of visual clips from the film and many other works by Kubrick and other filmmakers, these visual motifs loosely connect with their dialogue, that’s where the fun really comes in.

Written & Directed by: Rodney Ascher

Starring: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner, and Buffy Visick

Now available on Netflix Instant

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