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Feature Ryan Lambie 13 May 2013 - 06:05
According to one version of history, Stanley Kubrick faked the 1969 Moon landings. The master of cinema used all the camera trickery and miniature effects he perfected in 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the story goes, to fool billions of people into thinking they'd seen Neil Armstrong hop about on the lunar surface, when actually he was in a studio somewhere on Earth.
Although this theory has been comprehensively debunked (there's plenty of proof that Armstrong and other astronauts really did hop about on the Moon), that such a theory could even be taken seriously in the first place is a testament to the groundbreaking special effects work Stanley Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull brought to A Space Odyssey.
I mention this because the »
Transformers: Dark of the Moon used the real-life historical moment of the Apollo 11 moon landing to tie it into the events surrounding the Cybertronian aliens making their way to Earth. In next summer’s Transformers 4, Michael Bay intends to continue the story in a world where now the world knows of the Autobots and Decepticons.
Deadline has the scoop which indicates that Grammer, most well-known for his long-time role as Frasier Crane in Cheers and his own self-titled series Frasier, will be playing the human antagonist of Transformers 4. His character’s name is Harold Attinger and he’s described as a “counter-intelligence” ...
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- Rob Keyes
Chicago – Every film buff remembers the first time they laid eyes on director Stanley Kubrick’s memorable horror classic, “The Shining.” In the film, Scatman Crothers’ character warns young Danny, “There ain’t nothing in Room 237…so stay out.” Filmmaker Rodney Ascher has ignored that warning in his documentary, “Room 237,” and takes us inside one of the most analyzed films in cinema history.
“Room 237” in the film “The Shining” is that room in the Overlook Hotel where everything seemed to happen, and the documentary takes the same approach in revisiting the film. Director Ascher has gathered some of most interesting theories regarding the messages that director Stanley Kubrick hid behind the strange narrative of a scary hotel, the breakdown of a writer and a little boy who can see the evil there. With the digital age – including the ability to stop a film frame-by-frame on a »
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Chicago – The mystery of Stanley Kubrick is one of his great attributes. He directed a scant 12 major films in a forty year career, each with its own genre-busting stamp. His work has inspired an overall passion for films, numerous analytical studies and a new documentary about the theories behind his 1980 masterpiece, “The Shining.” Rodney Ascher directs this strange and compelling film, “Room 237.”
“Room 237” highlights both the theories of interpretation regarding “The Shining,” and the obsessive nature of film buffs and human beings in general. We are all blessed with a perspective based on our experiences, and “Room 237” (which is the room number in the film’s Overlook Hotel that no one should go into) celebrates those perspectives, by indicating how far we can crawl inside a work of art – to dissect the meaning and what that meaning can tell us. “The Shining,” besides being a spectacularly crafted 1980 “horror” film, »
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Today, Rodney Ascher's "Room 237" arrives in theaters (review here), and it deliver an outrageous serving of theories around Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" that position the masterpiece as anything but a horror film. With the Holocaust, the treatment of Native Americans and sexual abuse among the many topics discussed as the "real" meaning behind the movie, one other popular interpretation is that the "The Shining" is Kubrick's confession of sorts that he was involved with faking the moon landing. It's far fetched to say the least, but if you really want to dig deep into that notion, well, you certainly can. Michael Wysmierski -- also featured in "Room 237" -- has put together a documentary/visual essay entitled "The Shining Code 2.0" that spends nearly eighty minutes making an argument that the Apollo 11 is more than just something on Danny's sweater. To say it reaches at times would be an understatement, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The documentary Room 237 attempts to explore the impact, themes, and theories about Stanley Kubrick's classic film The Shining, which stands as one of the legendary filmmaker's most successful films. The doc, from director Rodney Ascher, looks deep into the various theories about the film, which range from it being about the Holocaust, the plight of Native Americans, the Apollo 11 moon landing, and more. For some fans of the film, The Shining is much more than an eerie adaptation of Stephen »
- Paul Shirey
Stanley Kubrick's 1980 "The Shining" horror film has been at the center of plenty of conspiracy theories, with many claiming that the movie is about the slaughter of American Indians or about the Holocaust or Kubrick's apology for his role in helping fake the moon landing. On Friday, Rodney Ascher released his "Room 237" documentary that features "experts" explaining why some of those theories are correct. We've seen lots of cool marketing for the movie, and now we have a review by Leon Vitali, who was Kubrick's personal assistant during the making of "The Shining." "I was falling about laughing most of the time. There are ideas espoused in the movie that I know to be total balderdash," he said. Vitali commented on theory about the Minotaur poster in the movie, with "Room 237" claiming that it's a clue that "The Shining" is a retelling of the Greek myth about a being that's part man, »
Later this month you'll finally be able to see the mind blowing documentary for The Shining, Room 237. If you're a fan of Stanley Kubrick's classic horror film, then this doc is a must watch! Thanks to io9 we have a new poster for the film that features an illustration created around "Calumet Baking Powder", which you see in the background of the film, but which could have a bigger meaning than what you might expect. It also features a silhouette of Apollo 11. What does Apollo 11 have to do with The Shining? It's all explained in depth in the doc, and you'll just have to wait to see!
As I've said before there's just so many awesome conspiracy theories packed into this movie, it will take multiple viewings to get all of the secrets that reside in the Overlook Hotel. Make sure to check out our review »
- Joey Paur
And oh what hidden meanings they’ve found. Bill Blakemore—who, based on his credentials as a foreign and domestic correspondent for ABC, might seem otherwise credible—thinks the film is an allegory about the genocide of the American Indians. The Overlook is, after all, built on an Indian burial ground. He believes that a can of Calumet baking powder with an Indian head on the label supports his theory and the way the can is turned in different scenes indicates the characters’ veracity.
Historian Geoffrey Cocks, who has published books about Nazi Germany, uses the proliferation of the number 42 and the fact that Jack’s typewriter is German as evidence that the movie is about the Holocaust, which »
- Bev Vincent
Correspondent for the BBC at the height of the space race
Over the course of a long and distinguished career, the BBC journalist Reginald Turnill, who has died aged 97, chronicled the disasters, thwarted aspirations and triumphs that marked the transition from the jet age to the space era. In January 1957, soon after he joined the BBC, Turnill's assignments as assistant industrial correspondent included spending time 2,000ft underground, reporting for the Home Service (now Radio 4) from the new Bevercotes colliery in Nottinghamshire. But by October that year he was covering the launch of the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1, the world's first satellite, an event that sparked his interest in aerospace and led to his appointment as the BBC's air, space and defence correspondent.
Twelve years on, in July 1969, he was alternating between Nasa's Cape Kennedy launch site in Florida (now known as Cape Canaveral) and Mission Control in Houston, Texas. His assignment »
- Nigel Fountain
Rodney Ascher's documentary follows Kubrick-obsessed fans as they discuss various conspiracy theories around his iconic film The Shining.
While Room 237 is not the best-made documentary, the film is a fun watch, treating the audience to a detailed look inside the minds of people who have spent their entire lives picking apart The Shining. Some of these theories are totally plausible and others completely bonkers.
As Scott Weinberg puts it in his review, “It's one thing to interpret The Shining as an indictment of the nuclear family or perhaps a rumination on the eternal nature of evil, but the folks interviewed in Room 237 find parallels between The Shining and A) the massacre of Native Americans, B) proof that the Apollo 11 moon landing was fake, C) the Holocaust of WWII, and D) something about minotaurs. Yes, minotaurs.”
Look for the film in limited theatrical release, and most likely, »
- Sara Castillo
Premiering last year at the Sundance Film Festival, and making its way around the world with stops in Cannes, Moscow, Locarno, Deauville, Austin and more, the obsessive documentary “Room 237” finally has an official North American release date. So put your “Apollo 11” sweater on and get your calendar ready. IFC Films will release the documentary, which explores all the various conspiracy theories associated with Stanley Kubrick’s landmark horror classic “The Shining,” this spring. Directed by Rodney Ascher, the movie is a marvelous examination of various theories -- from the plausible to the outrageous -- that have been attached to the movie throughout the years. The premise may sound corny, but the picture is a riveting watch, and ultimately, it's less about what "The Shining" means than the passion and attention the picture continues to generate to this day. "Unique and at times profound, it's a reminder of »
- Cain Rodriguez
In an interview for a BBC documentary about the moon landing, Dean Armstrong, the younger brother of astronaut Neil Armstrong, claims his brother's famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" was not as spontaneous as has been believed, according to the Daily Mail.
Dean tells the BBC in the interview that his brother came up with the quote months prior to the launch, as Neil ran the quote by Dean over a game of Risk. Dean says he told Neil the quote was "fabulous" and Neil responded, "I thought you might like that, but I wanted you to read it."
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But perhaps Armstrong didn't lie so much »
13 items from 2013
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