For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
Can you ever really trust anyone?
Johnny is a successful banker with great respect for and dedication to the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa. The happy-go-lucky guy sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one-by-one.
I finally watched this and I now think that no words of mine can do it justice and only the words from the film itself can do that. For those who have watched the film it would be a trip down your cherished memory lane and for those who haven't the following would be reasons why it is criminal not to see this at least once in your lifetime. So here it goes.
Mark: How was work today?
Johnny: Oh, pretty good. We got a new client and the bank will make a lot of money.
Mark: What client?
Johnny: I cannot tell you; it's confidential.
Mark: Aw, come on. Why not?
Johnny: No, I can't. Anyway, how is…
"The Room" masterfully written, directed, produced, and starring Tommy Wiseau tells the Shakespearean tragedy of Johnny, a banker who is betrayed by the "love of his life", Lisa. Fueled by powerful performances and flawless directing, "The Room" is a masterpiece in filmmaking that will definetely leave it's audience speechless.
"Limits are only limits when they limit what you can do for you self...Try and reach beyond your limits and everything becomes without limits."
So says Tommy Wiseau, the director/writer/actor/philosopher extraordinaire; a man so limitless with talent, so ferocious with ambition and so mesmerizing both behind and in front of the camera that you almost dare to wonder if he is even a human. A God maybe, incarnate on earth to show us the true capacities for filmmaking genus. An angel maybe, sent down from the filmmaking gods to show us just how beautiful, captivating and powerful cinema can truly be. Regardless, man or astroman, god or angel, Tommy Wiseau is a genus and his crowing achievement The Room is…
Wiseau's face is a Picasso.
The Room is outdated and ahead of its time.
It goes from appallingly bad to hilariously bad to post modernist Nirvana.
I have to rate it five stars for even that cannot make sense.
There was a documentary aired on British TV a couple of years ago about the late great comedian Les Dawson that I was reminded of by The Room.
One of the key features of Dawson's act was that, for comedy effect, he would play the piano deliberately badly. Not just by hitting keys randomly - the tune was correct, but the tone was all wrong. Here's a sample.
In that documentary, it was claimed by one of the talking heads that playing the piano deliberately badly that adeptly was far more difficult to do than to actually play the tunes properly, and they then went on to claim that Dawson was a genius for being able to master it. It's…
This may sound crazy, but I was pretty disappointed by The Room. I know it's considered to be one of the worst films ever made, but after reading some reviews and seeing the trailer, I had the feeling it would be at least an entertaining watch with plenty of unintentionally funny moments. There are only a few random scenes that were hilariously bad (all involving the character Johnny), but this was a very painful watch for the most part. There were so many pointless sex scenes, terrible performances, embarassing and stupid dialogues and I just felt extremely bored by the romantic affair, anxiously waiting for all to end.
Tommy Wiseau gave the most bizarre performance ever in the history of…
YOU'RE TEARING ME APART, LISA.
This movie has been called the "worst movie ever made", but I find myself watching it over and over again, I just can't help myself. The movie has many many flaws but unintentional humor is just too good to not watch a second or third time. Tommy Wiseau's laugh alone is reason to watch this film. Despite the humor, it does not make up for the awful acting and screenwriting that I was subjected to while watching this. I'm still wondering how Claudette's breast cancer is doing...
"In a few minutes, bitch."
My original review:
Totally lives down to its reputation.
Remarkable. There are too many memorable quotes to pick just one favorite.
Just a whole new level of weird.
So awful you have to like it. It's a wonderful, wonderful experience.
Night Visions, Spring 2014
Giving this any more stars would do it a disservice. The very reason this must be celebrated is that it's so much worse than the others. I don't think there's much that hasn't already been said. Audience makes this an experience. Being intoxicated, too.
One comment on a somewhat serious note though: I think the wonderful thing is that The Room honestly depicts some deep, universal human emotions that anyone can relate to, but since these people had absolutely no talent or sense whatsoever when they transformed those emotions to the screen, they have somehow managed to make them so ridiculous that our similar emotions don't feel that bad anymore. Now THAT is an achievement. Wiseau 1 - World 0.
Based on Wiseau's intent alone, the movie is a complete and utter failure from both a technical and artistic standpoint, but through its complete failure it reaches a level of surrealist comedy that makes it often quite enjoyable.
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).