One of my favorite of movies of this year—though it won’t be released until next year—is Rodney Ascher’s ROOM 237, a documentary that compiles several far-flung (but very compelling!) theories about the secret meaning of Kubrick’s THE SHINING. A few years ago, Ascher made a similarly affectionate/goofy short doc called THE S FROM HELL, which focuses on how a single production-company logo traumatized several impressionable TV watchers in the ’70s. THE S FROM HELL is up on Vimeo; extra points to Ascher for using footage from HALLOWEEN III, easily on my list of the all-time shitty-but-good-but-actually-mostly-shitty horror films from the ’80s.

Mr. Sandler attempted to ease any discomfort during filming by encouraging his co-stars to gather outside his trailer at an area furnished with tables and lawn chairs, where they would smoke cigars and talk shop during breaks. Inevitably, some heated debates about Mideast politics occurred during these conversations.
Dave Itzkoff’s fascinating and thoroughly reported Times piece on the making of the new Sandler movie, which is secretly a comedy about continuing Arab-Israeli tensions.

This is how I’ve been feeling the last two weeks. If I could put all of my pals in one room—and if that room had a chroma key effect—this is what I’d say.

The new Impossible Shapes album, free at eMusic.

The new Impossible Shapes album, free at eMusic.

I believe in Harvey Dent John McCain. I believe in Harvey Dent John McCain.
Spotted at eMusic. It’s just one track—which, if you have a 90-download plan, works out to about twenty cents per “God Damn America.”

Spotted at eMusic. It’s just one track—which, if you have a 90-download plan, works out to about twenty cents per “God Damn America.”

I'm a contributing editor to Wired magazine, and the author of new book about the Upright Citizens Brigade. I can be reached at brianraftery at gmail dot com.

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