Note: An earlier version of this letter misidentified the review’s author.
Justin Souther’s review of Room 237, the documentary about the various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining was interesting. I have not yet seen the movie at the time of writing.
Souther briefly states the premises of three of the interpretations, one of which is Jay Weidner’s case for Kubrick’s having used The Shining to reveal his role in the filming/faking of the Apollo moon landings. Of this theory, Souther states that it is “out-and-out absurd” and goes on to call Weidner a “conspiracy theorist.”
Souther thus reveals two things about himself: that he has not done any research into the proposition that the footage and photos we were shown of the Apollo moon landings were in fact shot here on earth; and that he reacts like Pavlov’s dog to the psychological stimuli with which he’s been programmed. In this case, he “salivates” the term “conspiracy theorist” (which is a brainwashing term) when the stimulus is information that is outside his mental box. Such is the power of the social programming with which we are constantly manipulated.
Or, maybe Souther is just aware of the sorry state of controlled journalism in which he lives and draws a paycheck and therefore knows that he’ll be placing his paycheck in jeopardy if he gives the slightest hint that such theories could be true.
Jay Weidner’s complete case for Kubrick’s having been involved in filming the moon landings can be viewed on his DVD, Kubrick’s Odyssey I: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick.
— Michael Ivey