Today and tomorrow catch a horror classic from a master of cinema and the documentary that observes how its complexity have effected a generation of film buffs. Originally released over 30 years ago, The Shining was released to an highly divisive response from critics. But, as was the case with most of Mr. Stanley Kubrick’s work, the movie has slowly but surely gone on to be regarded as a masterpiece. In a diabolical, unhinged performance only Jack Nicholson can deliver, family man Jack Torrance agrees to be the caretaker of a secluded hotel over a long winter. But, as the cold days keep going, Torrance’s psyche slowly comes apart and seemingly supernatural events start taking place. Is it cabin fever? Ghosts? Kubrick admitting to faking the Apollo 11 moon landing? Room 237 investigates the latter claim while also examining just creepily obsessive fans can get. Granted how neurotic and such a perfectionist Kubrick was about his films, it’s not that far fetched. Over numerous interviews with enthusiasts who have dissected each scene down to its most minute detail, Room 237 is less a documentary about a well crafted fright flick and more about the love that cinephiles have which can unfortunately develop to being a supercilious fanboy your whole life. As an added treat The Shining will be screened in traditional 35mm format, so don’t miss out on this disturbing trip through a hedgerow maze of madness.
7PM // Brattle Theatre // $ome cost