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Day 295: The Room (aka YOU’RE TEARING ME APAAART, LEEESAAAAA)

4 May

The Room, written, directed and starring Tommy Wiseau

So, I didn’t get to expand on this yesterday, but I wanted to feature something (now) near and dear to my heart.

This last Saturday I got to attend a “The Room” party, which went from being a Rocky Horror Picture Show-like movie experience to a drunken crazy-fest. And, strangely enough, this is exactly how The Room (2003) needs to be watched: with a little bit of lighthearted silliness.

The movie is a disaster, to say the least. It’s full of plot holes, soap-opera lines, and melodramatic acting… not to mention how creepy all of the characters are (I’m looking at you, Denny!!). But what makes it so great is how classically bad it is, much like the other midnight movies out there (RHPS and Snakes On A Plane are just two examples).

After I signed up to drink every time a football was on the scene – which is ridiculous because this comes in the most ridiculous times – it was clear that everyone at this party was going to be either drunk or close to it by the end of this film. Boy, was I right!

By all means, I want to say that this movie is no Oscar winner, but the movie is classic. Whenever the main characters enter a room, they say “Oh hi _____” before getting to the point; Johnny (played by the strange Tommy Wiseau, who also wrote and directed the film) bellows out poorly-accented lines (“YOU’RE TEARING ME AHHHPAAAHHHHT LEEESAAA!”) and drinks scotchka; Denny is apparently an 18-year old drug addict that has serious parental-deficiencies as he lays in bed with Lisa and Johnny while they’re trying to get it on (mind you, Johnny wanted to adopt Denny); then there’s Mark, who’s Johnny’s best friend (and this fact is stated NUMEROUS times throughout the film) and seems like a cool guy until, you know, he sleeps with Johnny’s fiancée…. it’s like scene after scene goes by, making less and less sense.

But overall the experience was a blast. Those of us at the party pelted the make-shift screen with plastic spoons (and sometimes knives and forks) everytime the pointless spoon painting showed up in a scene, and we all yelled “GO! GO! GO!” as we travelled along with the stock footage of the Golden Gate Bridge… there were tons more, but that’s something you should find out for yourself.

I highly recommend The Room because it is an experience in itself. It may be considered the worst movie ever made (probably after Troll 2 (1990)), but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun. Especially if you don’t take it seriously (please don’t. That’s a fate worse than death!)

Here’s a preview for you to get stoked about, and if you live in Oregon, Wiseau is showing the movie in Portland towards the end of May! ENJOY (and beware!)

And thanks to Bryan for inviting me to watch this insane film. SPOON!

Day 185: The Living Wake (2007)

16 Dec

Hello everyone!

Tonight I watched the movie The Living Wake, and I wanted to feature it today. Which means I love it. A lot.

I actually wrote a legitimate review of it, so here goes nothing…

I remember the first time I saw the preview for The Living Wake (2007), starring Mike O’Connell and Jesse Eisenberg. I’m pretty sure I watched it about fifteen times and then proceeded to show it to my neighbors and other random people living in the dorms with me. There was something about this boisterous man and his strange companion, tackling the issue of death, that struck me so hard. I wanted to see it immediately, but I knew that was not going to happen any time soon.

Alas, I was correct. But tonight, I finally had the chance to sit down with it.

Instead of doing an average movie review, I kind of want to highlight the points of this movie that caught my attention.

But first, a plot synopsis. And the trailer

K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell) and Mills Joquin (Jesse Eisenberg) on their Rickshaw in "The Living Wake

K. Roth Binew (Mike O’Connell) is a boisterous man, a failed artist on all fronts, and a dead man. He has been told that he has a rare, vague disease that is set to kill him, and he has one day left to live. With his formally-mute, biographer, man, and only friend Mills Joquin (Jesse Eisenberg), he is on a quest to discover the true meaning of life by embracing all around him. Together, the two get into hijinks that causes and uproar in the town, followed by the Living Wake, a show put on by the two as a way to welcome death. It’s full of humor and weirdness, kindness and sadness, but overall it is an amazingly well-crafted film on all fronts!

So here are my random thoughts on the film:

1.  The best part of this film is the language. To this moment, I am still incredibly unsure when this film is supposed to be taking place (my guess is the 1940s), but K. Roth’s language is so obscure that it provides an added hilarity to the already strange situation. He calls a liquor store clerk a “liquorsmith”, discusses random insights of wisdom with Mills and other unfortunate beings, and talks about his life with great knowledge. I was so fascinated by his word choice that it was often the reason I was laughing so hard in the first place!

2.  At one point, he said that he took a job being a benevolent dictator of an ant farm. Does there need to be more proof than that?!

3.  Jesse Eisenberg is definitely a big name, now with Zombieland (2009) and The Social Network (2010) under his belt, but this movie is just mystifying. He is soft-spoken, often backing up the main character with the right amount of intensity. Mills  was kind of the yin to the yang that is K Roth, providing the also quite boisterous but lesser look on the whole situation. Plus, with such a soft face like Jesse Eisenberg, it’s such a pleasure to get to know and love a character. On another day (possibly tomorrow) I’d like to discuss Jesse Eisenberg in a main spotlight, mainly because I have a lot to say about this actor!

4.  Both of the main characters, even with their extreme flaws, were incredibly touching. By the end of the movie, I was constantly hoping that the whole thing was just a joke, that K. Roth was going to trick these people and continue on with his life. Sure, he’s kind of an asshole, but his personality was so attracting (not in a sexual way) that I couldn’t help but love him! Mills was so sweet and silly that I don’t think anyone could be mad at his character.

5.  I was shocked with the strange, sad twists it took periodically. It kind of reminded me that while this is a comedy, this is still the last day of a dying man. Something so comedic has to take a turn for the worst sometimes. But even through the sadness, I thought it was well balanced and enjoyable.

6.  The film was shot beautifully. I wanted to be wherever they filmed it, and the scenes were often set in this yellow-ish tint that gave it that old-timey feeling.

7.  The soundtrack is incredibly enthralling even in it’s simplicity. In fact, I left the DVD menu on in the background to listen to the soundtrack! Hopefully it will be available soon!

8.  This is definitely a movie I’d like to watch twice in a row, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to add it to my favorite movies list.

Check out a promotional video below!

(as a bonus, here’s another promo they did for the film)

Day 116: in which we discuss the wonders that is Wondermark

13 Sep

Hello there! If this is your first time on the site, be sure to check out the about page at the top for more info on my project! Also, sign the guestbook (also located in the top)!

David  Malki’s web comic “Wondermark !” is one of the of the most amazing things I’ve ever looked at.

Basically, it is created using those old victorian drawings that are stock photos, but the situations are all modern-day issues. It’s clever, often kind of manic and silly, but always funny!!

The comic below is quite possibly my favorite strip of them all.

Go check it out. It’s amazing. And hilarious!

Click here for more Wondermark !

Here’s some more of my favorites:

Squid

Emo Ape

Ants!

Homework

Loud Rhino