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Stanley Kubrick's Producer Jan Harlan Says 'The Shining' Doc 'Room 237' Is "Idiotic"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 12:24 PM
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The Shining
Within the walls of The Playlist, we don't always agree on everything. While I found Rodney Ascher's "Room 237" to be a pretty terrific, fascinating and funny look at the wild ways Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" has inspired tin foil hat types, others don't agree. Around the office, another colleague says it's a "trashy conspiracy theory fanboy movie that illuminates nothing." And he has found a kindred spirit in Kubrick's longtime producer Jan Harlan.

10 New Horror Blu-rays To Haunt Your Halloween

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 28, 2013 3:03 PM
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10 New Horror DVDs
Halloween is a holiday that practically demands that at least at some point during the lead-up to the actual night, you stay in and watch some of your favorite horror movies. Not only has the weather just changed, facilitating an urge to stay indoors, but there always seems to be old school classics that are finally released from their vault to reign terror anew. That's certainly the case this year, with a whole host of scary movies making their way to the high definition Blu-ray, so that every frame of horror can terrify you with additional clarity. We've decided to run down a list of ten horror movies worth trick-or-treating for. Beware! It's spooky!

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'The Host' & 'Place Beyond The Pines' May Spark 'Retaliation' Or 'Temptation'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 29, 2013 4:08 PM
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There ain't nothing like some bad behavior to kick off a stellar weekend. You know -- by cutting class, or taking a walk of shame, or going to work hungover on Friday morning. Or, as the movie stars like to do it, by killing some dudes, pulling off a bank job, stealing a dog, and implanting a jellyfish in a teenage girl's body. Succumb to your more depraved instincts with the second installment of the "G.I. Joe" franchise; Stephenie Meyer's latest paranormal teen love fantasy; Tyler Perry's rendition of "Unfaithful;" a doc about the ultimate turn to the dark side in "The Shining;" a British heist film; and a bevy of Philistine-filled indies. And let us know your favored depiction of sin in the comments below!

Review: 'Room 237' An Outstanding, Fascinating & Funny Exploration & Celebration Of 'The Shining'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2013 7:00 PM
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Is "The Shining" just a horror movie about a guy who goes berserk in a hotel, or is it subversively about the history of American genocide? Why did Stanley Kubrick use cans of Calumet and Tang in the hotel's storeroom? Were these just random products, or were they each chosen and framed in the camera with a specific intent? And what's the deal with the Bill Watson? If you think you know "The Shining," guess again, as Rodney Ascher's outstanding "Room 237" goes down the rabbit hole of the meanings and interpretations of the horror classic, from the plausible to the outlandish.

Stanley Kubrick Pal Dismisses 'Room 237' Theories, Armond White Says Film Is "End Of Cinephilia"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 28, 2013 9:03 AM
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Some details from within a film production serve to heighten the project's legend overall: the genius of “Jaws” only increased when the film's original gameplan -- a fully functional shark -- failed to manifest itself for Steven Spielberg and co. But the opposite has been true with Stanley Kubrick's “The Shining,” as now another crewmember has come to debunk the myriad theories and meanings behind the director's film -- starting with those featured in Rodney Ascher's upcoming documentary “Room 237.”

23.7 Facts About Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • March 26, 2013 12:55 PM
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You know that a film is a lasting classic when it can sustain another entire film being made about it. Be it "Citizen Kane," "Psycho" or "Apocalypse Now," many of the great movies have themselves been the subject of films (sometimes successfully, sometimes less so), and the latest to get the treatment is Stanley Kubrick's classic horror "The Shining," with the release this Friday of documentary "Room 237."

Another Great 'Room 237' Poster Puts 'The Shining' Conspiracy Theories Front & Center

  • By India Ross
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  • March 21, 2013 9:41 AM
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The Timberline Lodge, Oregon, does not have a Room 237. In Stephen King's book, the room of mystery is actually Room 217, but its proprietors felt that as the real-life double of Stanley Kubrick’s diabolical Overlook Hotel, the room’s axe-wielding associations mightn’t be the strongest draw for the vacationing family. Such is the pervasiveness of “The Shining,” and indeed 33 years after its release, horror anoraks and Kubrick devotees alike are still tugging away at its thematic carcass. With commentators batting for such subtextual teams as “Native American Oppression”, “Nazism in 1942”, or the wackier “Moon Landing Denial”, the conversation has run and run.
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New Poster For Doc 'Room 237' Pays Homage To The Original 'The Shining' One Sheet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 1:58 PM
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While Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237" quite vocally does not have the endorsement of the Stanley Kubrick estate, that hasn't stopped the marketing from paying homage to "The Shining." It was just about a month ago, the a clever trailed riffed on the original teaser and now that playfulness has extended to a new poster.
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10 Films Worth Tracking Down In Theaters In March

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2013 2:54 PM
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It's been a long, dark couple of months at the start of 2013, with not all that much that's been worth seeing, bar a few bright spots like "Side Effects" and "No." But as the days start to get sunnier and warmer (we hope so, at least, or we're going to jump off something tall fairly soon), the prospects at movie theaters are improving a bit too.

Watch: Clever Trailer For Doc 'Room 237' Pays Homage To The Original 'The Shining' Teaser

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 2:43 PM
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There are few films in the horror genre -- or even the general history of cinema -- that have continued to spur the kind of obsession, fascination and discussion decades after its release that Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" has. Indeed, the last few weeks have seen the script pages for the deleted original ending to the movie come to light, while a camera operator went on record about the helicopter shadows in the now classic opening to the movie. But there's oh so much more revealed in the excellent documentary "Room 237," a fascinating look at "The Shining." A new trailer has dropped, and should drum up more excitement for this one.

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