City Paper is not for tourists
Rodney Ascher’s Room 237—the new documentary that explores a few ardent fans’ cockamamie theories about the deeper meaning of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining—presents the kind of obsessive nerdiness one would find after a late night of drinking with, well, a bunch of obsessive film nerds. There’s a guy who believes The Shining is really a metaphor for the Holocaust, another who believes the film is about genocide against Native Americans, and one is convinced that the film is Kubrick’s admission to helping falsify footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Sure, the theories are about as left of center as you can get, but Ascher’s film exclusively uses footage from The Shining to visually explain each interviewee’s theory in a way that’s almost convincing. It’s also a stark reminder of just how fucking great—and terrifying—The Shining is. Luckily, you can experience both when Dupont’s West End Cinema screens double features of Room 237 and The Shining for a week. One more bonus: The theater has a bar, so you can come up with your own drunken theories while watching.