How do you tease an upcoming film when the entirety of its footage comes from a classic? UK distributors Metrodome have gone the safe route in the first trailer for Room 237, a documentary that attempts to decode various theories behind Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining. The tease omits any footage for the horror classic and instead uses text and brief snippets of the voiceover in the film.
While it doesn’t drum up much excitement, I can confirm Rodney Ascher‘s film is equal parts fascinating and preposterous when it comes to the many theories that are poured over. It was personally one of my favorite films from Sundance (full review here) and while it also showed up at Cannes, Toronto, and currently NYFF, cinephiles will have to wait until next year until it gets a proper release. Check out the trailer below and read our extensive interview with Ascher.
Room 237 arrives in spring 2013 via IFC Films.
When discussing the “merit” of titles joining The Criterion Collection, it seems like a no brainer to see Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s Safety Last! as the latest masterpiece to get a spine number. The Harold Lloyd-starring comedy remains an endlessly delightful romp, as inventive as well as relatable as it must have felt in [...]
Today marks the launch of our new recurring column, which dives into the cream of the crop when it comes to this week’s home releases, including Blu-ray and DVD, as well recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that [...]
Note: The following piece contains spoilers for both Shadow of a Doubt and Stoker. Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt is already available on Blu-ray, as a component of the sizeable Hitchcock box-set that was released last October. This month, however, sees its individual, standalone release on the format, and the timing couldn’t be more [...]
After a recent New York screening of František Vláčil‘s Marketa Lazarová, my friend and fellow critic, Vadim Rizov, tweeted the following response: “Sheep God war men snow church blood swords ‘old crone’ justice grass wtf WTF UNCLE.” He certainly wasn’t alone in such a confused response. Lazarová — now out on Blu-ray via Criterion — is [...]
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