Room 237 / The Shining

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    Apr 02, 2013 6:40 PM GMT
    Going to see this TODAY!!! So excited. icon_biggrin.gif I LOVE The Shining.

    http://www.room237movie.com
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    You think you like The Shining? Meet some serious fans. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable Shining cult has emerged, devotees who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative ROOM 237 fuses fact and fiction, interviewing cultists and scholars to create a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.

    NR, 102 Minutes
    USA
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    Apr 04, 2013 6:07 AM GMT
    I really enjoyed The Shining. I would have loved to visit that hotel.
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    Apr 04, 2013 7:40 AM GMT
    I read an article about some of the interpretations. Makes me want to watch The Shining again!
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    Apr 04, 2013 8:50 AM GMT
    I watched it and really enjoyed. Some of the theories and interpretations were really thought provoking.....others not so much. Moon Landing? Can people let this go already.....It's a great Doc for Horror Sci/Fi nerds to watch, one of the best I've seen in some time.

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  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 04, 2013 9:49 AM GMT
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    Apr 04, 2013 11:03 AM GMT
    Thanks for sharing! I'm so excited to see this. I just saw "The Shining" for the first time a couple of months ago (Im really really late, I know) and I loved it!
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 04, 2013 9:56 PM GMT
    I love the Shining, one of my all-time faves, but mostly because it's beautifully shot and masterfully acted (Kubrick, the amazing but now-reclusive Shelley Duvall, Nicholson, and Scatman Caruthers all peaked here). It's also hilarious and terrifying at the same time, something that is hard to achieve. I can recite the movie beginning to end, I've watched it so much.

    However, the story aspects of it are inferior to Stephen King's book to the point of incoherence. It's funny how incoherent but otherwise good movies (Memento, The Shining, Mulholland Drive) always have fans talking about secret codes and complex messages. In truth, the movies made no sense in terms of story. When a movie can still be great despite crappy writing, that's a pretty big achievement.

    Film acting from Shelley and Jack in this scene doesn't get much better than this -- it took them 127 takes which Duvall arguing with Kubrick the whole way, but the result was classic:



  • MrPapo317

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    Apr 04, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    Come and play with us


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    Apr 05, 2013 2:32 AM GMT
    Though of course the couple in the book were completely different - they were conveyed as ordinary characters thrust into and transformed by extraordinary circumstances.

    Jack Nicholson's transformation into a raving, murderous lunatic wasn't exactly a stretch - even if you weren't familiar with him or his earlier work you knew with one arch of his brow what he was capable of. The character was originally written by King as generic, bland and unmemorable - all the more to make his transformation that much more unforeseen and terrifying. As for the cartoonish waifism of Shelley Duvall, her character (as memory serves) was written as a pleasant looking blonde with a good head on her shoulders.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 05, 2013 10:04 AM GMT
    ^

    Yeah, Kubrick turned both characters into cartoons, but it somehow worked. Duvall actually looked like she was actually going to have a heart attack at times, I believed she was ACTUALLY terrified. Really good acting.
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    Apr 15, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]MrPapo317 said[/cite]Come and play with us... Danny.

    I LOVE this scene!
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    Apr 15, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    Have to say I really did enjoyed Room 237 - but now, of course, I REALLY want to see The Shining again... in a theater... which I've NEVER had the opportunity to do. icon_confused.gif

    You know what's worse?? Leading up to the release of 237, they played ALL the KUBRICK films the week before. And I didn't know about it...!!

    D'oh!!!!!!!!!! #fail icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 15, 2013 5:30 AM GMT
    There's a great set of videos on YouTube analyzing the spatial impossibilities in Kubrick's set. Even the illogical fallacies are meticulously thought out.

    Part 1:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sUIxXCCFWw

    Part 2:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfJ8rK7eJeQ
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    Apr 23, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    I have to say I was really disappointed in this. The editing was off and the structure of the entire doc was very chaotic. Not bad, but definitely could have been done better
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    Apr 23, 2013 7:59 PM GMT
    I love Kubrick he's a god !!!

    I've had the documentary sat on my hard drive for a week now but not got round to watching it. Some much hype for it though so I will give in at some point to hear the crazy theories about symbolism in the movie.