I usually don’t think much of conspiracy theories or theorists. Conspiracy theories are attractive but like most things that are attractive, they are often dangerous. The internet has provided conspiracy theorists with multiple platforms for which they can shout their ideas at those who choose to believe whatever they’re saying. Just search on YouTube: “Conspiracy”, you’ll come up with thousands of hour long videos in which the truth is twisted, if not dismissed entirely. Even scarier are the comments sections of these videos. It’s these same people who think the X Files is a reality show. As The X Files says: “The Truth Is Out There”, “I Want To Believe”; it’s incredible how easily persuaded we are when our personal opinions or biases are somehow “proved”. A main point of conspiracy theories is instilling paranoia; there is someone, or something, out there that is not like you and I, which is threatening our very existence. Some conspiracy theories are cute and for the most part harmless like the 1969 Moon Landing conspiracy theory or Tupac still being alive and speaking through his posthumous albums, while some conspiracy theories are detrimental to society. Think back to Tarantino’s Django, the scene where Calvin Candy saws open a skull to reveal “scientific proof” that slaves should be slaves, or Germany in the 1930s, where the Nazi Party drew on Medieval “scientific proof” as justification at attempts to exterminate ethnic groups. Conspiracy theorists often point their finger at others who benefit from the conspiracy at hand, but it’s important to think about what the conspiracy theorist, his or herself, has to gain from their claims.
End rant. Sorry.
While interning at a talent management/film finance firm last summer, I stumbled across this documentary. In terms of conspiracies, this piece (which I unfortunately have yet to see) is fascinating. The Shining is one of my favorite movies and Kubrick is one of my favorite directors, so I got very excited when I saw there was a documentary being made about his classic horror piece. Only the poster was available initially, so it was difficult to know what the doc would examine exactly. Then, the reviews, pre and post Sundance Film Festival, revealed how the documentary would follow the many conspiracy theories and theorists that the original film created. Theories range from the film being a symbol of Native American genocide to being Kubrick’s confession of involvement in staging the moon landing. Many of these theories were spurred by Kubrick’s denial to ever comment on the film’s underlying meaning.