Room 237 – Rodney Ascher
Rodney Ascher explores the mystery and conspiracies surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining.
In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining. Over 30 years later we are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Rodney Ascher’s film Room 237 is an exploration of the truths concealed in The Shining.
The Tingler (1955) William Castle
I received a mention in a New York Times article entitled Talking About a Revolution (for a Digital Age) The article also references William Castle and the experiences he created around his work. Castle was an inspiration for some of the Cinema ARG experiences I did around my last film Head Trauma. DIY and the concept of transmedia were popular topics at Sundance this year and both have been popping up more and more in the press. Here’s a trailer from 1955 where Castle – always the showman – is plugging the experience around his newest film The Tingler.
HOUSE (1977) Nobuhiko Obayashi
Novuhiko Obayashi’s flick Hausu aka House is just bizarre. It’s all over the place and bound to leave a lasting impression. A mind trip of a ghost tale mixed with warped bedtime story. The best quote that I’ve seen “an episode of Scooby Doo as directed by Dario Argento.”
POP SKULL 2008 (Adam Wingard)
GET CARTER (1971) Mike Hodges
David Holzman’s Diary (1967) Jim McBride
I remember seeing this film for the first time and when the end credits rolled I was blown away. A big infulence on my first feature film The Last Broadcast. David Holzman’s Diary is a cinematic treasure that is well worth the watch if you can find it.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THE FABULOUS STAINS (1981) Lou Adler
Finally LAGTFS is released on DVD. Lost in the vaults of Paramount for years. Starring a 15 year-old Diane Lane. Members of the Clash and Sex Pistols stand in as band members. Interesting depiction of the punk movement from a feminist POV.