In 2003 in The City of Angels, a mysterious man with his personal origins still unknown rose above rejection to become a cult movie legend. With an undying ambition to do something worth remembering and about $6 million in funding from sources as mysterious as himself, the man went on to produce, write, direct and star in one of the most infamous, most loved cult classic films possibly ever produced.

 

No, I’m not speaking about Ed Wood, Bruce Campbell or the many other cult actors of our time. I’m instead speaking about Mr. Tommy Wiseau, an eccentric man from an unknown land who produced “The Room,” a melodramatic film considered both “one of the worst movies ever made” as well as “‘The Citizen Kane’ of bad movies.” Depending on who you ask and their feelings on “so bad, it’s good” cinema, they’ll either believe it’s a horrid excuse for a movie or the funniest, most awkward film they’ve ever seen.

 

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I personally think the second group of people are correct in saying that “The Room” is equal parts bizarre as it is entertaining and endearing. The initial plot of the film is rather easy to follow as it tells the story of Johnny and Lisa, an engaged couple who never seems to call each other “fiance” and instead prefer strange terms such as “future wife” and “future husband.” Lisa soon becomes bored of her stable yet mundane situation with Johnny and soon ends up committing adultery with his best friend, Mark.

 

Yet, the movie dives into deep levels of eccentricity, plot lines that are introduced only to be immediately abandoned and the majority of the dialogue has a sense of always being rushed, similarly to when you skip through the dialogue in a video game. With many inexplicable yet hilarious scenes that mostly don’t go anywhere, “The Room” is certainly worth at least one watch through, preferably with friends so they can enjoy the glory of this film as well.

 

Equally as eccentric as the movie itself was the ridiculous and overly lengthy production of the film, which was later written about in the 2013 memoir called “The Disaster Artist.” It’s a pretty humorous story on the process of making the cult classic written by the actor who played Mark, a humble actor named Greg Sestero.

 

While one would think that the memoir would be Sestero insulting Wiseau for the disastrous production and the end product, Sestero instead just laughs about the peculiarities of his friend who he dearly bonded with during the six months of production. It’s surprisingly lighthearted and comical overall.

 

Starting in December 2015, the worldwide famous Franco brothers, James and Dave, decided to produce a film based on Sestero’s hilarious memoirs with their good friend and frequent collaborator Seth Rogen. The film accurately portrays all the weird happenings that occurred during the six-month filming process, including Wiseau filming “The Room” in both 35mm and HD Digital simultaneously as well as the bizarre ideas Wiseau had for the creative direction of the film.

 

The film itself has received critical acclaim, with Franco winning the Best Actor awards at famous festivals such as the Gotham Independent Film Awards and an upcoming nomination with Independent Spirit Awards. On the aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, “The Disaster Artist” is current sitting at a pretty 94 percent. There’s even gossip that the film may have Oscar nominations in the future.

 

As a longtime fan of “The Room”, I’m happy that the film will receive a new wave of attention and fans who’ll be in on the many weird peculiarities of the film.

 

Have you seen “The Room” and/or “The Disaster Artist”? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff and let’s talk about it.