Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Room

Chance to catch the cult movie, The Room. Deemed the worst film ever made it is so bad as to make it essential art house. Writer, director and actor Tommy Wiseau ((Homeless in America, Neighbors) decided to make a film out his play and book. Turned down by mainstream Hollywood he spent five years developing and independently raising funds for the project. Originally shot on film and digital camera sitting side by side on the same mount. The camera crew was replaced twice during the making of the movie due to artistic differences with the director. Much of the dialogue was overdubbed and there is little attempt to lip sync. Many of the main actors had either never appeared in movies or taken a lead role. Both sub- plot and characters come and go and continuity errors abound. There is no attempt to set the narrative in chronological order, so like life itself: you just take this movie as it comes. Absolute celluloid chaos and well named the ‘Citizen Cane of movies,’ from the 21st century answer to Ed Wood (some say).

Not put off, then the plot is:

A melodramatic story of a tragic love triangle between banker, Johnny (Wiseau), his fiancée Lisa (Juliette Danielle) and his best friend, Mark (Greg Sestero). Johnny has a sidekick named Denny (Philip Haldiman) who he’s putting through college (no explanation why?) The boys like to throw ball together and Lisa’s mother Claudette (Carolyn Minnott) is an interfering old bat. The film has also several subplots involving secondary characters. Be warned for fans of the Room will rock up to the showing, dressed as their favorite characters, throw plastic spoons at the screen (a reference to unexplained framed photos of cutlery often seen in the background), Some will mimic the characters and throw and catch a ball and everyone throughout the movie calls out insulting comments and criticisms about the quality of the film.

Who would want to miss that?

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