Room 237: an obsessive search for meaning
in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 provides free rein to five obsessive fans who air their personal interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980). While other people’s obsessions can be fascinating, and conspiracy theories often provide narratives more satisfying than prosaic reality, sometimes, when overexposed, they can become exhausting and irritating. I approached Ascher’s film with a […]

Nuclear Madness

At the height of the Cold War official propaganda was aimed at lulling the population into accepting the idea of nuclear war as somehow normal and “manageable”, as depicted in the Central Office of Information short The Hole in the Ground (1962) which shows no-nonsense bureaucrats getting on with the job of “maintaining order” during an attack on Britain.

Blasts from the past

King Hu’s Legend of the Mountain (1979)

Blast from the past: a 28-year-old term paper

Stanley Kubrick 3: The Missing Piece – Fear and Desire (1953)

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Stanley Kramer’s struggle to be funny

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