- Ends SundayDir. Rodney Ascher, USA, 2012, 104 min., NR, DCPOfficial Website
Many movies lend themselves to dramatic interpretations, but none as rich and far ranging as Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING. In filmmaker Rodney Ascher's ROOM 237, we hear from people with far-reaching theories who believe they’ve decoded hidden symbols and messages buried in Kubrick’s film. Examining THE SHINING inside out, forwards and backwards, ROOM 237 is captivating, provocative and pure pleasure. It gives voice to the fans and scholars who espouse the codes and symbols, reworking the film to match their theories, and intercutting it with layers of dreamlike imagery to illustrate their streams of consciousness. Sometimes outrageous, always engaging, the words of the interviewees are given full force by Ascher's compelling vision. ROOM 237 was featured at the 2012 Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals.
“Handsomely produced and never less than hugely entertaining, Ascher's film is catnip for Kubrickians and critics both professional and otherwise.” —Rob Nelson, Variety “Intriguing…an examination of the nature of obsession, about how we are capable of convincing ourselves—and possibly others—that just about anything might be true.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times “Nutty, arcane and jaw-dropping in equal measure, this is a head-first plunge down the rabbit hole of Kubrickiana from which, for some, there is evidently no return.” —Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter