Rob Ager’s Film Analysis Page

I somehow stumbled upon an analysis of The Shining (yes, the 1980 Kubrick version) that somehow made me feel as if I never saw the film, and as such, I was very impressed. The exterior vs interior hotel layout, the impossible corridors and rooms, the nonsensical locations of windows and doors, and the changing maze—none of these stood out or were let alone apparent in the first viewing.

Rob Ager’s analysis is professional, intellectual, and thought provoking. It is especially impressive that he can do so for a film like The Shining, which does not seem at first to contain any deep or hidden themes.

 

He has also posted analyses of The Matrix and 2001: A Space Odyssey, which are already deep movies in the first place. In 2001, he argues a fascinating symbolism of the black monolith, which is, according to him, a blank TV screen. The way he presents it, it seems there is overwhelming evidence for this theory, and it is indeed an interesting one. The analysis of the Matrix is just as fascinating.

Among the other film analyses I enjoyed were those for The Thing (1982 version), Alien, Aliens, Starship Troopers, A Clockwork Orange, and Pulp Fiction. One of the major criticisms that he has received is that he may have overanalyzed the intentions or details of various films. However, in the Starship Troopers analysis, he specifically quotes the film directors several years after the film was made, in which the director admitted to hiding certain messages in the film. For some of the Kubrick films, it would be pretty naive not to assume that Kubrick hid meanings everywhere.

If you have watched any of these movies and want to learn some of their truer meanings, or just are a movie fanatic, I strongly recommend his YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/robag88.

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