Film reviews: Room 237 (15) | Stitches (18) | I Anna (15)
Siobhn Synnot reviews the rest of this week’s cinema releases
Room 237 (15)
* * * *
What was The Shining about? Since Stanley Kubrick threw Stephen King’s novel in the air and made his own version about the disintegration of a novelist (Jack Nicholson) in an isolated hotel, it’s been the fuel for some fevered fan speculation. Rodney Ascher interviews five of the most ardent theorists, and gives a sympathetic illustrated hearing to their beliefs that it’s actually about the mistreatment of the American Indian, or a commentary on the Holocaust or an apology by Kubrick for faking the moon landing.
It probably helps if you’ve already seen The Shining, but Ascher’s documentary is also a love letter to those movie discussions that continue long after getting home from the cinema.
Some of it is genuinely thought provoking too, especially a section that asserts that the Overlook Hotel makes no sense architecturally, with rooms and corridors that shouldn’t exist contributing to the movie’s unhinged atmosphere.
Glasgow Film Theatre from Friday
* * *
Ross Noble stars in this low budget British horror flick as a children’s entertainer who rises from the dead to take revenge on the kids who accidentally killed him. It’s a silly, spattery slasher flick and standup comic Noble is pretty good. His puns, however, really are to die for.
On general release
I Anna (15)
Barnaby Southcombe directs his mother Charlotte Rampling in a psychological drama about a mysterious woman who intrigues a lonely detective (Gabriel Byrne) while he’s trying to solve a murder. There’s some dignified acting that the film’s clunky script doesn’t really deserve, and some overwrought scenes of sex and violence that carry no conviction – except that Ms Rampling must really love her boy if she’s prepared to totter through this schlock.
Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Monday; Glasgow Film Theatre, Tuesday
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