Documentary: Room 237 (Theories About Kubrick & The Shining)

  • May 15, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Phil D is hosting this event. If you need more information please post on the wall or email him directly through the link in his profile.

Per MAMM policy,  cellphone use by members during a movie is prohibited.  We request that you put away your phones once the previews start. If you need to check your phone for any reason, please exit the auditorium.  And please keep chatting about the movie until after the movie is over.

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Documentary: Room 237 

Synopsis:

Regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick was a notorious perfectionist who demanded control over every nuance within his films. His work crossed many genres and told a variety of stories, but for Kubrick, the subtext within his films was everything and was essential for his viewers to “read” his films multiple ways. Perhaps the most suspect Kubrick film regarding subtext was his 1980 release, The Shining. On the surface, it was a cinematic retelling of the Stephen King ghost story of the same name but many enthusiasts see the film quite differently. This critical “re-examination” is the focus of Rodney Ashcher’s compelling documentary Room 237. Ashcher introduces us to a collection of Shining-fanatics who each have gone to great pains in revealing their theories surrounding The Shining. Theories range from a symbolic exposé on the genocide of Native Americans to a Da Vinci Code-style confessional of Kubrick's involvement in staging the moon landing. It’s a truly fascinating ride into the minds of both Kubrick and his fans. Robin Smith, Hot Docs 


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Meetup Location: I will wait inside just past the ticket taker.  Please have your ticket already purchased.

Meetup Time: 6:00pm

The movie starts @ 6:30pm

Movie Running Time: 102m

Cost of movie: $11 (you can buy a membership if you plan on watching more films there and enjoy their discount plan - check the bloor cinema website for details on membership privileges at http://bloorcinema.com/members/).

After The Movie: Paupers, a pub across the street, if people are in the mood.

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  • peter

    too many geeks with too many random conspiracy theories if you ask me. Sorry to be too critical but the odd thing was that the movie was completely derided and criticized when it was first released back in the day from what I recall. Can anyone say continuity errors and leave it at that? Have to say was more impressed with the sweeping shot at the beginning and how Kubrick was unrivalled at filling up the screen with action in the background at all times. p.s. I bloody nodded off and I'm a film geek also - nuff said. lol

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Christa

    I arrived late and sat in the balcony.

    I have to agree with Phil, it was rather disappointing. They didn't talk much about the room in the title and the rest was kind of silly.

    Sorry I couldn't find everyone after, I woul have enjoyed the discussion after.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • jane

    Miss Jane regrets...still feeling like a rag doll after a bout of food poisoning a couple of days ago. Note to self and others - don't eat!

    May 15, 2013

    • Jeannie

      Hope you feel better. You are missing way too many films. I fear for your sanity.

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • jane

      Fears well founded! Sanity on hold!

      May 16, 2013

  • Penny

    Oh I so enjoyed my group of smart incisive people tonight! I couldn't agree more Phil, Gail and Jeannie. Funny, we never saw their faces...hmmm too much time on their hands...ah conspiracies....lol

    Yes bring on Jim Jarmusch....oh my fave film music composer that I couldn't remember...and mistakenly thought was Canadian...alas
    He was not!

    However great nonetheless was Ry Cooder. ~_~

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Gail D

    Some intriguing elements but mostly some conspiracy theory people with WAY too much time on their hands. Had a great time, though, at pub chatting about our favourite films. Will have to see what we can do about that Jim Jarmusch festival.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Jeannie

    It was interesting,funny and a load of codswallop

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Phil D

    I'm not sure if the critics saw the same film I watched tonight. I found it rather disjointed, with different ideas about what Kubrick was trying to say, and really, nothing of substance you could honestly say 'yes, Kubrick really was trying to say something else in The Shining'. The argument was not persuasive. One really disappointing thing about the film is that you never see the people who talk about their theories. They're disembodied voices, and the movie is a collection of movie clips that sometimes mimic what the narrator is saying. It's like they're afraid of ridicule, so they don't want to show you what they look like, and it's harder to take them seriously. Thanks everyone for coming out to the movie, and the get together at Paupers after.

    May 15, 2013

    • Phil D

      One missed opportunity in the film was the monarch in the poster. I thought the person talking about it would discuss mind-control and those type of things that some believe are attached to the name 'monarch', but instead she talked about royalty and the monarchy staying at the hotel?!

      May 15, 2013

  • Jeannie

    We learned alot tonight. Now we know that The Shining was really about the Fake Landing on the Moon and/or the slaughter of Aboriginals! ...and here I thought it was just a scary film about ghosts.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Gail D

    Hi Phil,
    Forgot to mention I am bringing a friend!

    May 12, 2013

    • Jeannie

      ...that would be Petal! Hi,Petal and thanks for the lift home,Gail.

      May 15, 2013

  • Irene

    I am really sorry I cannot come today.

    May 15, 2013

  • peter

    Hey Phil, Looks like a great flick and good choice! Keep up the amazing work with these groups, guy. Going with friends to this one so couldn't rsvp because not sure if they are coming so we left it open. Regardless, I"ll see you guys there.

    May 8, 2013

    • Phil D

      Sure, see you there. We usually sit on the balcony level if it's a last minute decision for you.

      May 8, 2013

  • Gail D

    Two great choices in one week! I just had my fix of docs during the festival but have to see this. Count me in.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Jeannie

    You'll know I'm there when you hear,"heeeere's Jeannie!"

    1 · May 7, 2013

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