Heck I just wanna know who the ghost lady in room 237 was supposed to be (in the movie). Was it Mr. Grady's wife? >_>
Well yeah that is one question I have but I will leave the others for a different thread. x.X
As far as the conspiracy theories go about this film, I just think most are reaching. I simply disregard them and enjoy the film for what it is; an awesome, moody, spooky movie with an ominously great soundtrack.
Jack Nicholson did an amazing acting job with the stress he had to work under. It seems he handled working under Kubrick better than Shelley Duvall whom, from what I understand was so stressed from constant script changes and being chastised by Kubrick on a consistent basis that she started to lose her hair and broke down crying a lot.
I'm sort of disturbed by the "mob mentality" running through this thread. One person posts her dislike of the movie and others are quick to criticize it and dismiss it out of hand. Maybe we should watch it for ourselves before denouncing it? I understand if the description of the film is not your cup of tea, but criticizing it based solely on one person's opinion is a bit severe. Remember folks, this is the way banned books get started.
I absolutely adored this documentary, though the theories presented all seem as crazy as a soup sandwich. The filmmaker, Rodney Ascher, does not endorse or deny the validity of the five theories presented; rather he just lets the interviewees rabbit on about their various (and often hilarious) interpretations of Kubrick's extremely loose adaptation of King's novel (some of the "evidence" presented even relies on specific changes Kubrick made to King's novel, which is interesting). The documentary is not really about "The Shining" at all, but the obsessive nature of fandom and the insane intensity and imagination of those espousing their ideas about what Kubrick was really trying to say. It really is a fascinating and entertaining bit of shash...I highly recommend it for fans of Kubrick's film as well as people who enjoy conspiracy theories.
But you don't even have to watch the film if you are not so inclined...a quick search 'round these parts of the interweb will yield a seemingly endless cornucopia of Shining related crank theories, many of which are not even discussed in the film.