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The  Room   Tenth  Anniversary   Toronto,  May  2013   GAT  PR  Press  Summary  


The  Worst  Movie  Ever  Made?   http://globalnews.ca/video/587302/the-­‐worst-­‐movie-­‐ever-­‐made  

 

Fri,   May   24:   Filmmaker   Tommy   Wiseau   and   actor   Greg   Sestero   are   on   The   Morning  Show  to  reflect  on  their  cult  classic  The  Room,  widely  referred  to  as  the   worst  movie  ever.    

 


The  Room   http://www.mtv.ca/movienight/clips/955890/the-­‐room      

 

 

 


10  filmmaking  lessons     we  learned  from  The  Room   Garnet  Fraser  

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2013/05/23/10_filmmaking_lessons_we_learned_from_the_room.html  

   

 

 

The  culture  surrounding  the  now-­‐famed  film  The  Room  is  one  of  questions,  not  answers.  Devotees  such  as   myself  have  for  a  decade  now  been  exchanging  our  many  queries  about  a  movie  widely  celebrated  as  one   of  the  worst  ever  made:  where  did  writer/director  Tommy  Wiseau  get  all  the  funding?  Was  the  character   of  Denny  intended  to  be  mentally  challenged?  What  country,  or  indeed  planet,  is  Wiseau  from?  But  the   answers  have  so  far  been  unsatisfactory.     Co-­‐star  Greg  Sestero’s  upcoming  book  promises,  at  last,  some  revelations  for  us  scholars,  and  both  he  and   Wiseau  can  put  some  niggling  questions  to  rest  when  they  come  to  Toronto’s  Royal  Cinema  Friday  through   Sunday  for  the  10th  anniversary  screenings  of  The  Room.     However,  the  movie  already  has  rich  educational  value  for  another  audience:  rookie  filmmakers.  They  don’t   need  information,  they  need  inspiration.  Here  are  10  things  about  filmmaking  The  Room  can  teach  them:    


1.  Go  ahead  and  cast  yourself  in  the  lead:  No  one  cares  about  your  story  like  you  do,  and  placing  yourself   front  and  centre  is  the  responsible  thing  even  if,  like  Wiseau,  your  accent  and  enunciation  problems   suggest  a  Transylvanian  on  a  bottle  of  Nyquil.     2.  Don’t  sweat  the  rest  of  casting  either:  Talented,  charismatic  newcomers  to  the  screen  are  actually  easy   to  find,  and  Wiseau  thoughtfully  didn’t  waste  any  in  The  Room,  so  there  must  still  be  some  lying  around.   3.  Speak  from  the  heart:  What  separates  The  Room  from  pretenders  to  the  awfullest-­‐movie  throne   like  Birdemic  and  Troll  2  is  that  the  latter  are  mere  commercial  genre  schlock  —  never  meant  to  be  any   good  anyhow.  Wiseau  thinks  he  has  something  to  say  (something  misogynistic,  actually)  about  men  and   women;  when  The  Room  isn’t  hilarious,  it’s  appalling.  You  can’t  lose!     4.  There  can  never  be  too  many  establishing  shots:  Include  several  long  tracking  shots  inching  s-­‐l-­‐o-­‐w-­‐l-­‐y   across  the  city  skyline,  until  exasperated  theatregoers  shout,  “We  get  it  already,  it’s  San  Francisco!”   helpfully  bringing  any  blind  people  in  attendance  up  to  speed.     5.  Don’t  worry  about  subtlety:  If  you  want  to  establish  that  your  protagonist  Johnny  is  a  great  guy,  just  have   several  characters  say  so  repeatedly  throughout  the  film.  Gotta  get  to  feature  length  somehow.  And  don’t   settle  for  one  excruciating  sex  scene  when  two  identical  ones  will  suffice,  which  brings  us  to.  .  .   6.  Let  love  scenes  blur  the  line  between  erotica  and  horror:  Wiseau  and  co.  got  there  way  before  True   Blood  —  not  with  any  gore,  just  with  unwanted  nudity  and  the  leading  lady’s  palpable  discomfort.     7.  Worry  about  story  later:  Let  one  character  mention  she  has  breast  cancer  without  dealing  with  it  again;   let  another  one  just  vanish  from  the  movie  with  no  explanation.  This  is  what  sequels  are  for.     8.  Seriously,  just  mention  again  how  great  Johnny  is:  Always  works.     9.  Try  not  to  worry  about  posterity:  The  Room  is  up  to  35  percent  approval  on  Rotten  Tomatoes  as   devotees  championed  its  adorable  incompetence;  that  might  happen  to  you.  On  the  other  hand,  Nakoula   Basseley  Nakoula  made  another  lousy  film,The  Innocence  of  Muslims,  and  the  U.S.  government  tried  to  pin   Benghazi  on  him;  that  probably  couldn’t  happen  twice.     10.  Accept  that  it  will  probably  be  terrible,  and  do  it  anyway:  Whether  you  seeThe  Room  or  not,  this  film   has  done  you  a  big  favour  —  no  one  will  ever  call  your  creation  the  worst  movie  ever.  That  title’s  taken.    

 


The  Room’s  Tommy  Wiseau  live  in   Toronto   Linda  Barnard     http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2013/05/14/the_rooms_tommy_wiseau_live_in_toronto.html  

 

    The  Room,  considered  the  Gone  With  the  Wind  of  craptastic  cinema,  marks  its  10th  anniversary  with  a   star-­‐powered  tour  that  makes  a  Toronto  stop  May  24  to  26  at  the  Royal.     The  indie  drama’s  star-­‐writer-­‐director-­‐producer  Tommy  Wiseau  and  actor  Greg  Sestero  will  introduce  six   showings  of  the  indie  cult  hit,  which  has  been  playing  monthly  at  the  Royal  since  its  Canadian  debut  four   years  ago.     Film  fans  have  fallen  for  the  unintentionally  hilarious  romantic  potboiler,  with  its  curious  mix  of  overacting,   melodrama,  sex  and  fury.     Wiseau  and  Sestero,  who  are  touring  North  America  and  Europe  with  the  Love  is  Blind  Blu  2013  Tour!  will   also  host  Q&A  sessions  with  the  audience.  Considering  The  Room  is  filled  with  unresolved  plot  twists,  head-­‐ scratching  oddities  and  non-­‐sequiturs,  fans  will  have  plenty  to  ask  about.  

 


Talking  to  Tommy  Wiseau   Jesse  Skinner   http://www.toromagazine.com/features/talking-­‐to/61d859d4-­‐d483-­‐3cb4-­‐69fe-­‐f34fa2aca71d/Tommy-­‐Wiseau/  

   

    There  are  good  movies,  there  are  bad  movies,  and  then  there’s  The  Room  (2003),  which  has   transcended  notions  of  quality  to  become  the  definitive  cult  classic  of  a  generation.     The  Room  tells  the  story  of  Johnny,  a  banker  caught  in  a  love  triangle  with  his  fiancé  (or  as  Johnny   memorably  puts  it,  “future  wife”)  Lisa  (Juliette  Danielle)  and  best  friend  Mark  (Greg  Sestero).  As   played  by  the  movie’s  clearly  European  writer  /  director  Tommy  Wiseau  (though  he  has  been  cagey   about  his  exact  origins),  Johnny  is  an  altruistic,  romantic,  all-­‐American  hero  ultimately  betrayed  by   those  closest  to  him.       That’s  how  Wiseau  sees  it,  anyway.  But  Room  fans  are  more  intrigued  by  the  movie’s  many  bizarre  

 


technical  choices  and  non-­‐sequitur  plot  than  its  central  drama.  At  times,  Wiseau  seemed  to  go  out  of   his  way  to  make  the  filmmaking  process  more  obtuse  —  like  constructing  a  rooftop  set  in  a  parking  lot   with  a  green  screen  skyline  —  but  every  obscure  choice  that  went  into  production  has  been  explained   and  defended  by  its  star  /  writer  /  director  /  financier.  Wiseau’s  refusal  to  consider  perceived  flaws  in   his  movie  as  anything  other  than  a  lack  of  insight  on  the  part  of  its  critics  has  only  further  endeared   him  to  fans:  here  is  a  man  who  made  exactly  the  kind  of  movie  he  wanted  to  make,  apparently  with   his  own  money,  that  he  has  no  apologies  for.       Against  all  odds  it  became  a  hit,  still  playing  to  sold  out  crowds  around  the  world.  In  Toronto  this   week,  The  Royal  theatre  will  be  hosting  several  screenings  to  mark  the  movie’s  10th  anniversary,  with   Wiseau  and  Sestero  in  attendance  as  they  often  are.  We  spoke  with  Wiseau  about  the  origins  of  the   project,  its  surprising  success,  and  his  next  movie  Foreclosure.       This  year  is  the  tenth  anniversary  of   The  Room .  After  so  many  screenings  and   audience  Q&A’s,  what  do  you  still  get  out  of  touring  the  movie?     I  love  the  fans  of  The  Room.  I  am  very  connected  to  the  public.  I  love  to  interact  with  them  ...  some  of   the  Q&A  is  OK,  some  is  completely  off  the  wall,  you  know,  with  the  questions.  But  I  always  enjoy   myself.  After  all  these  years,  believe  it  or  not,  I  never  have  a  bad  screening.       Have  the  Q&A’s  changed  over  the  years?     Over  the  years  it  has  become  slightly  different.  The  Room  has  evolved  itself  by  people  asking  more   specific  questions  about  character.  There  are  still  some  personal  questions.  But,  you  know,  I  love   when  the  questions  challenge  me  —  “Why  does  Chris-­‐R  appear  in  only  one  scene?”  I  like  the   challenging  questions,  I  do.       You  wrote,  directed,  financed,  produced  and  starred  in   The  Room .  Was  that  out  of   necessity  —  not  finding  people  who  could  live  up  to  your  vision  —  or  are  you  just   that  ambitious?       I  don’t  know  if  you  know,  but  at  the  beginning  The  Room,  you  see,  was  supposed  to  be  a  play.  From   beginning  I  never  approach  big  studio  system,  but  I  had  good  resources  from  growing  up  in  the   business  world.  I  wanted  to  do  the  play  but  I  have  roller-­‐coaster  ride,  because  in  America  I  discover   people  don’t  go  to  see  the  play  on  stage  as  often  as  they  go  to  the  cinema.  I  knew  I  had  to  make   movies,  no  other  way.       So  I  did  the  (filmmaking)  research  for  the  movie,  like  with  the  camera.  I  decided  to  use  two  cameras   [The  Room  was  famously  filmed  using  HD  and  35mm  camera  stock  at  the  same  time]  and  yes  I  was   confused  about  the  formats  but  everybody  was.  People  say,  “Tommy  was  confused!”  but  10  years  ago   people  were  confused.  But  that’s  another  topic.         I  wanted  to  put  everything  I  learned  into  the  movie.  Everything  I’d  learned  about  life,  relationships,   acting  and  directing.  So  to  answer  your  question  it  was  ambition,  slash  a  bit  of  an  ego  thing.  But  not  in   a  bad  way.          


In  which  we  draw  an  intriguing  parallel   Norman  Wilner   http://www.nowtoronto.com/movies/story.cfm?content=192700      

 

I  have  a  bad  habit  of  putting  this  column  off  until  the  last  possible  second.  This  week,  of  course,  I   had  a  pretty  good  excuse  –  I’ve  been  online  with  everyone  else,  watching  Rob  Ford’s  mayoralty   melt  down  in  the  most  spectacular  fashion.     It’s  like  we’re  living  in  an  alternate  universe  where  Toronto  is  ruled  by  the  Mad  King  whispered   about  on  Game  Of  Thrones,  and  nobody’s  willing  to  admit  it.  Black  is  white;  up  is  down;  drunk  (or  

 


worse)  is  sober  as  a  judge,  and  so  on.  Every  time  I  go  into  a  screening,  I  half-­‐expect  to  emerge   into  Thunderdome.     Fortunately,  there’s  an  easy  way  to  figure  out  if  it’s  the  world  that’s  gone  mad,  or  us.  Tommy   Wiseau’s  The  Room  is  back  in  town,  celebrating  its  10th  anniversary  with  screenings  tonight,   Saturday  and  Sunday  at  the  Royal.     The  Room  is  the  work  of  a  madman  –  an  inexplicable,  unpackable  drama  about  a  few  days  in  the   life  of  Johnny  a  San  Francisco  ladies’  man  whose  glad-­‐handing  ways  mask  a  terror  of   abandonment.  I  think  Johnny’s  supposed  to  be  a  hopeless  romantic,  but  Wiseau  plays  him  as  a   dangerously  unbalanced  individual  who  intimidates  everyone  around  him  with  the  threat  of   humiliation  or  worse.     It’s  like  a  nightmare  version  of  that  Twilight  Zone  episode  about  the  omnipotent  little  boy  who   terrorizes  his  small  town  into  saying  every  awful  thing  he  does  is  wonderful.  And  that  mindset   extends  beyond  the  world  of  The  Room;  Wiseau  somehow  forced  his  collaborators  to  shoot  The   Room  simultaneously  in  both  HD  and  35mm,  with  two  cameras  locked  together  on  a  platform  so   neither  shot  is  ever  properly  centred,  creating  a  genuinely  disorienting  aesthetic  that  makes  the   whole  thing  feel  like  it’s  just  seconds  from  slipping  into  total  chaos.     If  you  can  watch  The  Room  and  think  it  makes  sense  –  or  if  Wiseau  seems  like  a  genius  auteur   rather  than  a  raving  loon  at  the  Q&As  scheduled  to  follow  every  screening  –  then  maybe  the   world  really  has  gone  crazy.  Or  maybe  it’s  just  us,  and  Rob  Ford’s  been  the  sanest  man  in  Toronto   all  along.     But  I  kinda  doubt  it.  We’re  talking  about  The  Room,  after  all.    

 

 


Wylie  Writes   The  Reviews  of  Addison  Wylie      

Oh  Hi  Wylie  Writes:   A  Two-­‐ On-­‐ One  With  The  Room’s     Tommy  Wiseau  and  Greg  Sestero   Addison  Wylie   http://wyliewrites.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/oh-­‐hi-­‐wylie-­‐writes-­‐a-­‐two-­‐on-­‐one-­‐with-­‐the-­‐rooms-­‐tommy-­‐ wiseau-­‐and-­‐greg-­‐sestero/      

Full  audio  interview  is  available  here:  

 

 

 

Director/screenwriter/producer/star  Tommy  Wiseau  is  very  proud  of  his  movie  The  Room,  a   drama  formed  around  a  love  triangle  that  has  taken  on  an  impressive  cult  status.    

 


The  film  premiered  in  mid-­‐2003  and  left  an  impact  on  moviegoing  communities.  The  film  is   baffling  and  has  a  confusing  aura  to  it  all…but  it  keeps  drawing  people  in.  People  who  are  willing   to  bring  their  unbeknownst  friends  because  “they  just  have  to  see  it”.     Because  of  these  repeat  viewings  and  this  bizarre  excitement  it’s  aroused,  The  Room  has  been   popular  during  midnight  screenings  where  patrons  are  encouraged  to  interact  with  the  film.   Some  of  these  interactions  include  throwing  spoons  at  the  screen,  reciting  memorable  lines,  and   playing  catch  with  a  football  between  you  and  your  moviegoing  buddy.  Don’t  worry,  it’ll  all  make   sense.     Wiseau’s  passion  project  marks  its  10th  anniversary  this  year  –  which  is  quite  a  feat.  For  the   anniversary,  Wiseau  and  actor  Greg  Sestero  (who  plays  the  role  of  Mark)  came  to  Toronto  to   celebrate  the  long-­‐running  event.     I  was  very  fortunate  to  sit  down  with  both  men  and  talk  shop  about  The  Room  as  well  as  other   topics  like  Sestero’s  upcoming  book  The  Disaster  Artist  based  on  his  experiences  making  the  film,   stage  acting  vs.  acting  in  a  film,  and  cinematic  audience  participation  and  whether  we’ve  gone   too  far  or  not.     Wiseau  was  vocal  about  how  much  he  appreciates  Toronto’s  avid  Room  support  and  added  that   he  loves  Canada.  When  asked  about  the  movie  goers  that  call  the  film  “so  bad,  it’s  good”  and   “the  worst  movie  ever  made”,  Wiseau  explained  that  he  doesn’t  necessarily  listen  to  that   feedback.  It’s  a  film  where  people  can  take  whatever  they  want  from  it  and  those  who  have   embraced  it  have  had  a  blast  watching  Wiseau’s  story  unfold.  “In  the  eighties,  ‘bad’  really  meant   ‘good’.  Like,  if  you’re  ‘bad’,  you’re  ‘really  good’,”  Wiseau  explained.  I’m  glad  he’s  keeping  a  bright   attitude  and  that  he’s  sticking  to  his  guns.     Listen  to  the  interview  below.  The  audio  starts  with  Greg’s  answer  to  my  question,  “Did  you  ever   expect  the  film  to  pick  up  this  much  steam?  Could  you  have  predicted  10  years  ago  you’d  be   here?”:      

 

 

 


Tommy  Wiseau  Presents     ‘The  Room’  in  Toronto   Cinemablographer   http://www.cinemablographer.com/2013/05/the-­‐room-­‐tommy-­‐wiseau-­‐toronto-­‐royal.html    

 

Would  you  believe  that  I  have  never  seen  The  Room?  Tommy  Wiseau’s  cult  favourite,  deemed  “the  Citizen  Kane  of  bad   movies,”  has  its  10th  anniversary  this  year.  The  Room  is  such  a  novelty  among  film  buffs  that  it’s  played  monthly  in   theatres  like  Toronto’s  The  Royal  and  Ottawa’s  Mayfair  Theatre  for  the  past  few  years.  I’ve  held  out  for  reasons   unknown,  but  now  The  Room  has  made  an  offer  I  can’t  refuse.  (Perhaps  it’s  The  Godfather  of  bad  movies?)  Writer,   director,  executive  producer,  star  Tommy  Wiseau    is  hitting  the  road  with  actor  Greg  Sestero  for  the  Love  is  Blind  Blu   2013  Tour  and  they’re  coming  to  The  Royal  this  weekend  to  celebrate  The  Room’s  tenth  birthday  in  person.    

  The  unintentional  hilarity  of  The  Room  has  enjoyed  something  that  Citizen  Kane,  The  Godfather,  or  even  Casablanca   ever  achieved:  a  mass  following,  a  ritual,  or  even,  maybe,  a  subculture.  (Even  the  critics  abandoned  Citizen  Kane  last   year.)  The  Room  leaves  audiences  in  hysterics  with  its  nonsensical  plot  and  ridiculous  sex  scenes,  but  audiences  have   taken  the  cheese  of  The  Room  and  put  it  on  toast.  Like  The  Rocky  Horror  Picture  Show,  The  Room  is  best  enjoyed  at  


midnight  with  audience  participation.  Yelling  at  the  screen,  throwing  objects,  and  backtalk  are  all  encouraged—it’s  like   you’re  at  Cannes!     To  help  join  in  the  fun  when  Tommy  and  company  screen  The  Room  this  weekend,  here  are  some  of  the  cues  from  the   A.V.  Club’s  list  of  audience  prompts,  “AViewer’s  Guide  to  The  Room”:     “Spoon!”   Nearly  all  of  the  artwork  in  the  film  features  spoons.  Whenever  one  of  the  works  appears  on  screen,  you  yell  “Spoon!”   and  hurl  plastic  picnic  spoons  at  the  screen.  Fourth  row  from  the  screen  essentially  makes  the  whole  project  self-­‐ replenishing,  because  most  spoons  land  there.  You  literally  throw  a  handful  and  another  handful  falls  in  your  lap.  It’s   like  being  part  of  a  plastic-­‐cutlery  salmon  migration.  As  the  film  trudges  on,  people  start  throwing  spoons  out  of   boredom,  even  if  the  scene  doesn’t  require  it.     "Shoot  her!”   Yelled  during  Lisa’s  protracted  neck-­‐twitch  scene.  (It’s  a  reference  to  the  opening  of  Jurassic  Park.)  Also  appropriate:   “Quaid,  get  to  the  reactor!”   (My  cousin  used  to  yell  this  at  the  beach…  now  I  know  why…)     "Cancer!”   Lisa’s  mother  alludes  to  having  it  once  and  then  never  mentions  it  again.  Also,  when  she  touches  Lisa  on  the  nose,   some  people  shout  “I  put  my  evil  inside  you!”     “FOCUS!  UNFOCUS!!”   The  film  is  constantly  going  in  and  out  of  focus.  (“Damn  you  Todd  Barron!”  He’s  the  director  of  photography,  and  that’s   what  you  shout  when  his  credit  pops  up)  Whenever  the  film  goes  out  of  focus,  people  shout  “Focus!”  Of  course,  when   it  does  come  back  into  focus  during  a  sex  scene,  it  is  necessary  to  shout  “Oh  God.  Unfocus!”     “Go!  Go!  Go!  Go!”   Used  to  cheer  on  tracking  shots  of  the  bridge.  Celebrate  when  it  makes  it  all  the  way  across  the  bridge.  Express  your   disappointment  when  it  doesn’t.    ***This  one’s  for  The  Mayfair!  (apparently  a  favourite  of  their  loyal  Roomies)     "Who  the  fuck  are  you?"   At  one  point,  two  characters  will  show  up  in  Tommy’s  apartment.  They  will  be  fucking.  No  one  will  know  who  they  are,   thus  it  is  appropriate  to  shout  “Who  the  fuck  are  you?”  whenever  they  appear  onscreen.It  is  also  appropriate  to  shout   this  when  the  actor  playing  Peter  (the  psychologist)  disappears  (maybe  he  was  looking  at  the  camera  too  much?),  only   to  be  replaced  by  another  actor  who  looks  nothing  like  him.  Yes,  just  “Who  the  fuck  are  you?”     Being  open  about  one’s  revulsion  during  any  of  the  sex  scenes.  Includes  graphically  describing  the  act  and  hurling  the   cruelest  jokes  about  the  actors’  bodies/movements  that  one  can  conceive.  Breaking  into  the  Free  Willy  theme  is   sometimes  done.  Notice  how  it  looks  like  Tommy  is  fucking  her  belly  button?  Yeah,  you’re  doing  it  wrong,  Wiseau.    

 


Tommy  Wiseau  celebrates     10  years  of  ‘The  Room’   http://torontoyouthshorts.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/tommy-­‐wiseau-­‐celebrates-­‐10-­‐years-­‐of-­‐the-­‐room/      

    Have  you  experienced  ‘The  Room’  yet?  Tommy  Wiseau’s  roaring  success  –  or  should  that  be  suckscess  –  of  a  movie  is   celebrating  10  years  of  inspiring  avid  film  lovers  to  replace  cast  members  half  way  through  their  incredibly  expensive   vanity  projects  and  hurl  plastic  spoons  (and  heavy  amounts  of  abuse)  at  screens.  To  celebrate,  the  Royal  is  hosting   director  Tommy  Wiseau  and  fan  favourite  Greg  ‘Mark’  Sestero  for  6  screenings  of  The  Room  this  weekend!     A  monthly  fixture  at  The  Royal  for  the  last  4  years,  The  Room  is  a  movie  going  experience  like  no  other.  If  you  haven’t   seen  it  yet  (and  why  not?!)  I’d  rather  not  spoil  it,  but  if  you  prefer  your  experience  silent,  self-­‐reflective  and  civilised,   this  isn’t  one  for  you.  For  everyone  else,  the  audience  is  about  as  hilarious  as  the  images  on  screen,  and  I  truly  feel  for   the  clean  up  crews.  Wiseau  sunk  $6  Million  of  his  own  cash  into  what  is  largely  regarded  as  one  of  the  worst  movies   ever  made,  by  critics  and  his  own  cast  and  crew  alike,  but  has  rather  cleverly  monopolised  on  the  bad  movie  die-­‐hards   and  good  naturedly  does  the  Q&A  rounds  at  screenings  across  the  world.  While  the  film  isn’t  the  deep  and  thought   provoking  dramatic  tragedy  it  was  so  obviously  intended  to  be  (despite  Wiseau’s  adamant  claims  that  it  was  always   supposed  to  be  a  comedy),  it  certainly  doesn’t  disappoint  on  an  entertainment  level,  and  it  will  be  extremely  fun  to   gain  a  little  more  insight  onto  how  and  why  this  film  ever  saw  the  light  of  day,  and  how  it  feels  to  be  make  a  success  of   a  film  more  routinely  savaged  than  any  other.     Tickets  are  $15  in  advance,  $20  at  the  door.  For  more  info  and  screening  times  visit  the  Royal’s  event  pag  


The  Room  an  Entertaining  Experience  at  the   Royal   Shael  Stolberg   http://filmbutton.com/mainpage/?p=9120      

  Watching  Tommy  Wiseau’s  The  Room  for  the  first  time  with  an  audience  is  like  a  virgin  entering  a   whorehouse  on  New  Year’s  Eve.     First  off,  the  place  is  packed  with  folks  wearing  director/writer/producer/star  Tommy  Wiseau’s  t-­‐shirts,   featuring  his  stringy  black  hair  and  grizzled  face.  The  shirt  and  poster  look  like  a  horror  film.  So  The  Room  is   a  horror  flick,  right?  Not  horror,  but  horrific.     Secondly,  several  women  in  the  audience  are  wearing  identical  fire-­‐engine  red,  come-­‐fuck-­‐me  dresses  and   blonde  wigs.  Okay…  

 


The  kicker  comes  the  second  the  film  unspools  in  the  projector.  The  audience  talks  non-­‐stop  at  the  screen,   parroting  lines  before  characters  speak  them,  castigating  the  movie’s  endless  stream  of  continuity  gaffes,   crappy  green  screen  shots,  bizarre  set  decorations  and  God-­‐awful  acting  that  would  make  Ed  Wood  barf  in   his  grave,  shrieking  with  laughter.  That  means,  laughing  at  the  movie  and  not  because  it  is  a  comedy.     And  the  spoons…  For  some  inexplicable  reason,  there’s  a  framed  photo  of  a  spoon  prominently  resting  on  a   table  in  the  living  room  which  is  the  setting  for  most  of  the  film.  Whenever  that  photo  appears,  the  crowd   roars,  “Spoon!”  and  hurls  a  shower  of  plastic  spoons  into  the  air  which  litter  the  aisles.     So,  what  is  The  Room  about?  It’s  a  2003  melodrama  about  a  love  triangle  gone  awry  in  San  Francisco.  What   it  really  is  happens  to  be  the  sloppiest  piece  of  filmmaking  that  was  ever  shat  upon  a  movie  screen.       We’re  not  talking  boom  mikes  in  shots  (which  The  Room  has),  but:     -­‐  characters  who  appear  in  the  story  for  no  reason  then  vanish  also  for  no  reason   –  a  scene  in  which  one  character  threatens  to  toss  another  off  a  rooftop  then  inexplicably  has  a   change  of  heart   –  the  leading  lady  whose  throat  bulges  like  a  Louisana  swamp  frog  when  she  speaks  in  one  scene   –  a  supporting  character  who  is  either  a  naïve  teenager  or  mentally  handicapped  adult   –  sloppy  overdubbing—and  still  the  lines  make  no  sense   –  a  love  scene  that  is  repeated  shot-­‐for-­‐shot  about  10  minutes  after  it  is  first  screened     The  crowning  glory  has  to  be  the  wretched  acting.  I  can’t  place  Wiseau’s  accent,  but  whenever  he  opened   his  mouth  the  audience  screamed  in  laughter.  And  this  is  a  drama,  not  a  comedy.     In  an  age  of  inflated  ticket  prices  when  audiences  are  watching  more  movies  on  giant  flatscreen  HDTVs  at   home,The  Room  deserves  credit  for  bringing  them  back  to  the  cinema  to  enjoy  the  audience  experience   just  like  the  good  old  days  of  The  Rocky  Horror  Picture  Show.  Watching  The  Room  at  home  would  be   dull.The  Room  has  to  be  experienced  with  an  audience  to  enjoy  how  profoundly  awful  it  is…and  how  much   fun  it  was  to  be  part  of!  Definitely  worth  the  money.     Allan  is  a  Toronto  filmmaker,  co-­‐directing  Leone  Stars,  a  documentary  about  child  victims  of  the  Sierra   Leonean  civil  war.    

 


THE  ROOM  with  TOMMY  WISEAU  Live  in   Person!  at  The  Royal  May  24,  25,  26  Tix   available  now!   http://www.blogto.com/events/76730       It’s  the  10th  anniversary  of  THE  ROOM  and  The  Royal  is  celebrating  with  writer,  director,  executive   producer,  and  star  TOMMY  WISEAU  and  actor  GREG  SESTERO  -­‐  IN  PERSON  for  the  Love  is  Blind  Blu  2013   Tour!     Friday  May  24th  at  9pm  and  11:59pm   Saturday  May  25th  at  9pm  and  11:59pm   Sunday  May  26th  at  7pm  and  10pm     THE  ROOM  is  in  the  house!  The  independent,  cult  hit  film  that  has  taken  North  America  by  storm  made  its   official  Canadian  debut  in  Toronto  at  The  Royal  four  years  ago  and  has  been  playing  monthly  ever  since.   THE  ROOM  is  a  melodramatic  story  of  a  love  triangle  that  leaves  its  audience  members  in  hysterics.  Once   you’ve  seen  THE  ROOM,  you’ll  never  walk  out  the  same  again.       Advance  tickets  here:   https://ww2.ticketpro.ca/event.php?event_id=904&languageid=-­‐1&aff=tapa     Plagued  with  unresolved  sub-­‐plots,  exaggerated  sex-­‐scenes,  unexplained  characters,  and  a  bizarre  script,   THE  ROOM's  unintentional  humour  has  transformed  this  would-­‐be-­‐flop  into  a  bona  fide  cult  hit.  Since  its   debut  in  2003,  THE  ROOM  has  garnered  a  mass  following  across  the  country  that  includes  celebrity  actors   and  comedians  like  David  Cross,  Paul  Rudd,  Jason  Siegel,  Tim  Heidecker,  Eric  Wareheim,  and  Katherine  Bell,   just  to  name  a  few.  Although  originally  written  as  a  drama,  this  unintentional  comedy  leaves  audiences   rolling  in  the  aisles.     See  the  movie  with  Tommy  and  Greg  in  person  for  all  six  screenings  with  an  intro  and  Q&A.     Tickets  are  $15.00  in  advance  and  $20  at  the  box  office  day  of.          


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  2013-­‐05-­‐24  –  It’s  the  10th  anniversary  of  the  room  and  The  Royal  is  celebrating   with  writer  director  executive  producer  and  star  tommy  wiseau  and  actor  greg   sestero  in  person  for  the  Love  is  Blind  Blu  2013  Tour     Friday  May  24th  at  9pm  and  1159pm   Saay  May  25th  at  9pm  and  1159pm   Sunday  May  26th  at  7pm  and  10pm     the  room  is  in  the  house  The  independent  cult  hit  film  that  has  taken  North   America  by  storm  made  its  official  Canadian  debut  in  Toronto  at  The  Royal  four   years  ago  and  has  been  playing  monthly  ever  since  the  room  is  a  melodramatic   story  of  a  love  triangle  that  leaves  its  audience  members  in  hysterics  Once  youve   seen  the  room  youll  never  walk  out  the  same  again     With  unresolved  subplots  exaggerated  scenes  unexplained  characters  and  a   bizarre  script  the  room’s  unintentional  humour  has  transformed  this  wouldbeflop   into  a  bona  fide  cult  hit  Since  its  debut  in  2003  the  room  has  garnered  a   mfollowing  across  the  country  that  includes  celebrity  actors  and  comedians  like   David  Cross  Paul  Rudd  Jason  Siegel  Tim  Heidecker  Eric  Wareheim  and  Katherine   Bell  just  to  name  a  few  Although  originally  written  as  a  drama  this  unintentional   comedy  leaves  audiences  rolling  in  the  aisles     See  the  movie  with  Tommy  and  Greg  in  person  for  all  six  screenings  with  an  intro   and  qa  Tickets  are  1500  in  advance  and  20  at  the  box  office  day  of   must  be  19  or  over  


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