There's no denying the brilliance of Stanley Kubrick. The masterful director went to great lengths when making a film to ensure everything was as close to perfection as possible. He is said to have intentionally included everything you see in the frame for a reason. And like a true artist, he left a lot to the viewer to digest and decipher. Room 237 ($25) takes a look at his 1980 pseudo-horror masterpiece The Shining, but this isn't a documentary on the movie — it's more of a look at the obsessed fans of Kubrick (us included) who have spent obviously too much time dissecting his work. This entertaining collection of theories, conspiracies, and hidden meanings are told by unseen participants, scholars, and borderline-lunatics, and run the gamut from the Native American genocide, the Holocaust, Kubrick's supposedly-faked moon landing, impossible windows, and penis-insinuations. We especially loved the breakdown of The Overlook layout and Danny's Big Wheel rides. Even if you don't believe a single word spoken, it's still very much worth watching if you find yourself yearning to watch The Shining a couple times a year. Words of wisdom, Lloyd my man. Words of wisdom.
If you've ever wondered about the lengths our government goes to keep us safe from the stockpile of nuclear weapons at its disposal, you owe it to yourself to check out Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety ($17). This hard-hitting bit of well-researched investigative journalism delves into the secretive world of America's nuclear arsenal, exploring the risks of nuclear weapons, and the near miss of one almost-catastrophic accident. It reads like a taut political thriller, exploring the delicate balance between the use of these weapons of mass destruction to keep us safe, and the inherent conflict that arises from their very existence.
If you were to approach Ron Swanson and ask him to recommend a cookbook, he would, with absolutely no hesitation, tell you to pick up The Wild Chef ($23). Written by Jonathan Miles, Wild Chef columnist for Field & Stream, this is the ultimate outdoorsman's cooking companion. Whether you're just a fan of the taste of wild meat, you aspire to become a serious hunter-chef, or you've been butchering game for years, there's plenty to like in between these pages. Broken down into four sections by season, this cookbook is packed full of detailed recipes, anecdotes, and gorgeous photography of food and the outdoors.
Emmy and Grammy award-winning comic's comic Louis C.K. is back and more uncomfortable than ever with his raunchy, self-deprecating brand of observational humor in his latest HBO special Oh My God ($5). Whether he's riffing on the absurdities of road rage, discussing the uncomfortable realities of dating, or relating the advantages of being overweight, bald, and in your 40s in his own version of "It Gets Better," you won't know whether to laugh or cringe (and chances are you'll do both). This new show was recorded live at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, is downloadable from his website, and features 12 additional minutes of footage never seen in the original edition.