Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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.
Tommy Wiseau as Johnny a romantic at heart with a heartless fiancé who's shagging his best friend in the quintessential so bad it's bad film. Golden Gate Bridge. Swashbuckling music. The way Tommy says "Hi babe." Curious Denny. Pillow fight. Slow dancing. Rose petals and boobs. The way Tommy wiggles his ass while he is having simulated sex. Mommy dearest. Lisa's pouty face. Of course the "other man" has a badass beard. Mark's teeth. Is it hot in here? More ladies need to use that line. Trust me it will work. Oh hell yes! This seduction scene music sounds like a cross between Sade and TLC. Sexy florist. How long is free months? Lisa kinda looks like a Ninja Turtle…
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.
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The Room is outdated and ahead of its time.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.
Tonight I discovered the best way to watch THE ROOM: With someone who has not only never seen it before, but has no idea what it is. Their reactions to the madness, particularly in the early scenes, were absolutely priceless.
Oh hai Letterboxd.
Did the San Francisco Tourism Bureau finance the opening credit sequence? Why is a grown couple hanging out with a 14-year-old rando? Are they done having sex yet? Why is there a decorative shower in their bedroom? Do the gods know there’s a mortal named Mark with hair that luscious? Why is he surprised Lisa’s coming onto him when she called him “baby” over the phone earlier? Was the camera supposed to go out of focus? Wait, why are they kissing now? What happened between kissing her and Mark telling her he wasn't going to do it? Are they seriously going to have sex on a hard-ass, uncarpeted, cramped spiral staircase? Are they done having sex yet? Wait, have they…
I was warned.
I was not prepared.
I'm so happy that I finally watched this, and I love Lisa so much.
Five stars for this watch because I watched it with two people who had never seen it before. Glorious.
Greg Sestero was there. I laughed until I cried. My face hurts now.
Magic. Pure magic. No matter how many times I see The Room it boggles my mind how perfectly bad it is. Every bit of its badness is executed with incredible comic timing. Its performances are a hypnotic blend of overacting and flat acting. The casting is a thing of beauty. It's almost painful to see some characters sharing the screen. The dialogue is instantly quotable. Unlike most bad movies, The Room is outrageously entertaining, and consistently entertaining. When its raucous ending kicks in to gear, I have to ask myself, is Tommy Wiseau a comic genius who has pulled one over on us for the past decade and a half? I don't know, but either way, I thank him for The Room.
TBH I think Mark and Lisa end up together in the end.
I don't want to talk about it.
How does one rate The Room? Do you rate it based on the movie itself which is a terribly-acted, terribly-directed, terribly-plotted, terribly-filmed, terribly-dubbed hot-mess of incomprehension? Or do you rate it on the experience of watching it and how many times you say, 'Wait...why'd that happen" or "So who hell is that" or "Oh no, not again"? If it's the former, this movie gets negative stars. If it's the latter, there aren't enough stars in the galaxy. I'm gonna go with the latter.
The Room is, in almost any regard, a monumental failure; and yet there's a charm and gravity to it that eludes it's b-movie next of kin. In the tradition of the b-movie genre, Tommy Wiseau does not know how to act, direct, or write a movie; what sets him apart however is the mystery surrounding him, as well as the movie's creation, and the sense that Tommy Wiseau is not just a talentless performer, but a genuinely troubled man. (1 star film, 5 star slice of pop culture)
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…