Was director Stanley Kubrick’s classic space travel film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), just a ruse to cover up his involvement in filming a fake Apollo 11 landing on the moon in 1969? And is Kubrick’s take on the Stephen King classic, The Shining, splattered with clues regarding the moon landing conspiracy? The new documentary film Room 237 (named after the room from The Shining that no one should ever enter) attempts to answer these questions.
The Shining is one of those movies that people either love because of Jack Nicholson’s convincingly crazy performance, or hate because Kubrick strayed so far from its original source material, but either way it is sure to gain a lot of attention and re-viewings by film buffs from both sides, after the premiere of Room 237 at the Sundance Film Festival (Jan.19 – 29, 2012).
I’m not so sure I buy into The Shining conspiracy theory, but I’m convinced that Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999) was an elaborate plan to rob me of $7.00 and 159 minutes of my life! You can find more information about Room 237 at the filmmaker’s official blog site, and in a fun article by Entertainment Weekly. There is currently no screening date scheduled for the Phoenix area.