Rob Ager

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Rob Ager is an internet-based independent film critic, film-maker and political activist. Mainstream media sources have commented on his work.

Film analysis[edit]

Rob Ager believes that the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey represents the cinema screen itself.

Ager produced a video essay, "Meaning of the Monolith Revealed", which claimed that the monolith in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey is a representation of the cinema screen itself. The academic Dan Leberg has complained about the influence Ager's interpretation has had in his own film study classes.[1] Ager, as have many others, also believes that HAL 9000 was meant to represent IBM and that the film does secretly reference IBM, despite Arthur C. Clarke's and Kubrick's denials, and points to a number of appearances of the company's logo at key moments in the film as evidence. The number of coincidences are presented in his video regarding the correlations between the film adaptation's HAL 9000 and IBM computers lend to reason that a direct representation was insinuated by both Kubrick and Clarke.[2][3]

Ager's analysis videos of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining have received hundreds of thousands of views on media sharing site YouTube.[4]


Many of Ager's video essays have been commented on by journalists and media websites, drawing both praise and criticism.[5][6][7][8][9][10]


Ager was a Liverpool representative of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which opposes Britain's membership of the European Union.[11] Ager claims that this led to a smear attack on him by pro-EU journalists.[12] In Dec 2013 the website Click Liverpool, which had previously published a series of lurid allegations against Ager regarding his role in UKIP, removed their article at Ager's request and published corrections and an undertaking that they would not repeat their previous allegations.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fanboys in the Ivory Tower: An Attempted Reconciliation of Science Fiction Film Academia and Fan Culture" By Dan Leberg – Gnovis Journal Volume XI Issue II Spring 2011 – 8 August 2011
  2. ^ Is HAL Really IBM? by Aisha Harris –
  3. ^ "6 Pop Culture Mysteries That Were Solved by Fans – #6. Kubrick Fan Settles 2001: A Space Odyssey/IBM Debate" by Jacopo della Quercia,, 13 February 2012
  4. ^ Cracking the Code in ‘Heeere’s Johnny!’ – By Robert Ito – The New York Times
  5. ^ Quercia, Jacopo Della. "5 Great Movies With Mind-Blowing Symbolism You Didn't Notice". Article. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Thee, Marcel. "Room 237 Delves Into 'The Shining' Theories". Article. Jakartta Globe. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Faraci, Devin. "The Impossible Layout of THE SHINING's Overlook Hotel – Kubrick Wanted To Mess With Your Head". Article. Badass Digest. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Rawson-Jones, Ben. "The Shining's Maze of Meaning: 'Room 237' and the extended cut". Article. Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Continuity erros of 2001 A space Odyssey". Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Vary, Adam B. "5 Conspiracy Theories About "The Shining" That Aren't In "Room 237"". Article. Buzzfeed. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "UKIP suspends Scouse candidate over sado smut movies" by Jane Fae Ozimek – The Register
  12. ^ "Rob Ager Responds to Media Smear Attack by Simon Boyle of Mercury Press and Guy Patrick of The Sun" by Rob Ager