36. Room 237
Director: Rodney Ascher
Release Date: March 22
So, you're a big fan of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, you say? Prepare to see the iconic director's Stephen King adaptation in all new, mind-bending ways, thanks to documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher's bewildering, deconstructive knockout Room 237. Using the committed, albeit seemingly delirious, voice-overs from five Shining obsessives, Ascher's endlessly fascinating film pulls apart every minute detail within Kubrick's horror masterwork to present a series of crackpot theories that, by the picture's end, actually sound probable.
As in, The Shining was Kubrick's way to atone for staging the Apollo 11 moon landing; or, Kubrick's masked commentary on both the Holocaust and the genocide of Native Americans in our beloved USA. Sounds batty, right? With Ascher's stellar craftsmanship and slick editing to thank, Room 237 begs to differ.