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Rodney Ascher


Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.

Monday, January 21 2013

The Best Independent / International Films of 2012

When you think outside the box, it's amazing how novel and inventive your thoughts become. Same applies in film. These examples of beyond the mainstream moviemaking shine as creative and experimental entertainments.


Wednesday, October 16 2013

With or Without 'The Shining', There's Less to 'Room 237' Than Meets the Eye

The audience serves as a sounding board for every batshit crazy idea ever thought by anyone who ever thought them.

Wednesday, April 3 2013

'Room 237': Kubrick, History, and Lots of Meanings

While this documentary is, on its face, about fans' devotion to Kubrick's Shining and his mode of working, it's also about fandom and investment, as well as about how meaning is gleaned and conjured.


Thursday, September 4 2014

'Room 237' and The History of Cinematic Representations of Cinephilia

Room 237 is one of the only films that respects and even admires cinephilia and its various forms.

Wednesday, October 9 2013

My Own Private 'Room 237'

In the spirit of Rodney Ascher's recent documentary, here are two films that I find differing meanings in vs. the rest of the mainstream moviegoing public.

Wednesday, October 2 2013

Kubrick Overcomplicated: 'Room 237' (Blu-ray)

By adding a voice missing from the original film, Room 237 continues its quest to find the real meaning behind Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

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