William Eggleston

I am afraid there are more people than I can imagine who can go no further than appreciating a picture that is a rectangle with an object in the middle of it, which they can identify.

William Eggleston

Room 237 – The Shining

Room 237 Movie Review

Many years ago I read The Shining by Stephen King. I was both scared and intrigued by the book.

Not long after reading the book, I rented a video copy (VHS at the time) of the movie. The movie was made in the early 1980’s by legendary film maker Stanley Kubrick. As much as I enjoyed the book, I was equally disappointed by the movie.

Fast forward 20-some years later, I became intrigued in seeing a documentary titled Room 237. What first intrigued me was the image used for the movie on Netflix (on the left). The image is very stunning graphically. It is both simple and complex. The image pay homage to the hedge maze in the movie, the fact that the hotel is historic, and needing a key to enter the room. 

I finally took the time to watch the documentary. It is very different from documentaries I have seen in the past. The style is an interview style, but you 

never once see the interviewer or the person being interviewed. The documentary incorporates a series of film snippets from The Shining as well as other movies. Some are by Kubrick and some aren’t. The style is very disorienting much like the movie is at times. 

The film never gives a clear direction for what the documentary maker concedes as the underlying premise of the movie. There are several opinions presented. Some of the interviewed people think the movie is somehow tied to the story of Hitler and the atrocities he visited on the Jewish population in Germany and Europe. Another opinion thought the movie was representative of the plight of the Native American and the genocide of many tribes during the early years of the USA. The last, and in my opinion the weakest but most intriguing, was that Kubrick used The Shining to tell his personal and business struggles during and just after the US government hired him to fake the film footage taken during the moon landings.

There were compelling arguments for each case. I am still not sure I which one I buy, if any. They were all entertaining. Particularly entertaining were the paranoid ramblings of the gentleman trying to convince the audience that Kubrick faked the moon landing footage. 

If you have Netflix streaming and a free couple of hours, check it out. Worth a look for documentary junkies like me. 

Steff Geissbuhler

Intuition plays a large role in my work and has rarely let me down. I often intellectualize my work after the fact.

Steff Geissbuhler

Been there. Seems like that is how most of my work transforms as well.

Seymour Chwast

I never know if anything I’ve created is good, but I know when I’m done when I give up looking for other ideas.

Seymour Chwast