Here's Your Chance to Dissect the Myriad Theories About The Shining

Like the cinematic adaptation of a late-night Reddit thread, Rodney Ascher's 2012 documentary Room 237 is a remarkably inclusive compilation of conspiracy theories. Picking apart Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, this doc offers no shortage of interpretations both fascinating and insane. » 3/07/14 12:00pm 3/07/14 12:00pm

Lying Awake at 3AM? Freak Yourself Out With Beyond the Black Rainbow

It's 3 a.m. There's a hard day behind you, a hard day before you, and all you want to do is prolong the night's quiet, dark serenity for just a few hours more. But what movie should you stream at this unsavory hour? Something scary and strange, obviously! Beyond the Black Rainbow is both. *Fear not, horror fans: this… » 3/05/14 12:00pm 3/05/14 12:00pm

Room 237 Decodes Insane Theories of The Shining — Calumet, Anyone?

Is The Shining more than just a straightforward horror film? Could it also be a densely layered exploration of the Native American holocaust, or perhaps Kubrick's cryptic admission that he helped fake the moon landing? If you've never seen Room 237, you're in for a weird ride through the hallowed mind-halls of some of… » 3/03/14 4:00pm 3/03/14 4:00pm

For me video games are the last form of entertainment in which I rely almost 100% on word of mouth from friends. Like, I can get into movies or TV shows based off of internet reviews, but games are so much more a personal experience that I need to hear about it from someone I trust. Particularly with "indie" games, which … » 2/28/14 1:12pm 2/28/14 1:12pm

Isn't 'destroying surroundings' kind of one of our M.O.s as humans? Like there are specific examples of even supposedly preservationist Native Americans just straight-up burning down forests. I feel like we'll always destroy a lot of resources and it won't necessarily stop the march of progress. The landscape will look … » 2/28/14 1:08pm 2/28/14 1:08pm

I'm nervous to admit this, but I usually fall directly into the contrarian stance when confronted by op-ed documentaries like this one. Food, Inc., An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman, Bowling for Columbine. There is simply too much to gain (career-wise and monetarily) from polemics that rouse viewers like… » 2/07/14 12:36pm 2/07/14 12:36pm

Right, it sounds like people brought their own goalposts to the film, but that's not really the best way to judge it. What was presented was narrow but focused and probably the most nuanced portrayal of Romney I'd ever seen. It's obviously easier to feel empathy for him now that he's no longer threatening to be a world … » 1/31/14 12:22pm 1/31/14 12:22pm

Dust to Glory Is the Closest You'll Get to the Baja 1000

Hi, documentary club, thanks for coming back to discuss Dust to Glory. If you haven't had the chance to see it yet, you can watch it here. Those who stand on the sidelines love to pontificate about the higher meaning of competition. "It's not about a race," director Dana Brown narrates at one point in his 2005… » 1/24/14 2:00pm 1/24/14 2:00pm

Discuss: The Square, An Up-Close Look at Egypt in Turmoil

Thanks for coming back to discuss The Square. If you haven't had a chance to watch this important and riveting documentary, you can do so here. As you know, three years ago, a young generation of Egyptian demonstrators successfully ousted sitting dictator Hosni Mubarak in a revolutionary wave known as the Arab Spring.… » 1/24/14 12:00pm 1/24/14 12:00pm

You Should Stream House of the Devil When You're Lying Awake At 3AM

*This post is SPOILER FREE, fear not.* What is it about trashy entertainment that just makes it so good come midnight, and even better come 3am? At that hour pop music sounds more profound; pulp novels read like Dostoyevsky; home shopping channels take on the lurid, hypnotic vibes of an extended Tim & Eric sketch. But… » 1/22/14 4:32pm 1/22/14 4:32pm

The Square Is an Unprecedented Look at the Tahrir Square Uprising

Every era boasts a revolution that defines it and the ongoing Egyptian uprising describes our times perfectly. Via smartphones, Twitter feeds, and YouTube accounts, those on the ground were able to provide up to the minute information about the deposition of dictator Hosni Mubarak only to then continue to document the … » 1/20/14 4:00pm 1/20/14 4:00pm