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

It’s probably difficult, if not impossible, for someone born in the last 20 or 30 years to understand the psychological atmosphere that prevailed at the height of the Cold War when the two superpowers were locked in a policy appropriately designated MAD – mutually assured destruction. The idea was that war could only be avoided […]

Blasts from the past

British black-and-white fantasies

Perverse Families & Dysfunctional Kids

The exploitation art of Frederick R. Friedel

Marcel Pagnol’s The Baker’s Wife (1938):
Criterion Blu-ray review