Directed by: Rodney Ascher
The plot: Documentary providing a forum for five fans and scholars to expound their theories on continuity errors and subliminal imagery in The Shining, spinning fantastical conspiracies including one runaway train of thought that posits a connection to the Apollo moon landings. The film keeps the contributors off screen and constructs each narrative thread with a mosaic of Kubrick's work spliced with other films, illustrations and digital trickery.
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"Ascher's hugely enjoyable docu-collage of Shining theories embraces ambiguity but proves that Kubrick's deep chiller is worth the revisits."
"It's the best movie about a movie we've seen in ages. celebration of Kubrick, The Shining and the thrill of watching, analysing and loving film. It's the best movie about a movie we've seen in ages."
"What's attractive about Room 237 is how it demands that we look more closely at films, and think about motives and subtexts."