Brief: Room 237
Room 237
Anyone who is a fan of Stanley Kubrick, obsession, film criticism, or film itself should see Room 237. An essay-film in which a variety of Kubrick lovers analyze The Shining in an attempt to explain the film's deeper meaning, pervasive symbolism, and metaphorical structure, the film is less interesting for what each person has to say (the theories range from absurd to absurdly persuasive, and I'd say that even the best has to stretch for credulity in places) and more interesting for the fact that they are saying it. Each person featured in the movie has spent hours, days, or years analyzing The Shining, breaking down continuity errors, watching key scenes frame by frame, and in one case, creating CGI renderings of the entire Overlook Hotel to explain the way Kubrick's set design and camera-work prime us to the film's unreality. Each of these people is convinced of Kubrick's genius, and of his precision, and each of them is dedicated to putting the amount of work in as a viewer that Kubrick openly put in as a director. As an exploration of semiotics, the film is interesting. As a love letter to a film from a variety of people who give inspiring (and unsettling) new meaning to the term "film buff," its essential viewing for fans of film.

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