Home' Scoop : Scoop 53 Spring 2010 Contents One star wonder | Shot in 2003 for around US$6m, and taking
just $3000 at the box office, The Room is the ultimate vanity project.
Directed, produced, distributed by and starring big-haired, Arnie-accented
filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, it’s the story of a man betrayed by his fiancée,
who sleeps with his best friend. Or something. A lot of the time it’s hard to
tell – characters appear and disappear without explanation, shots slip in
and out of focus and plotlines are introduced and promptly forgotten. The
acting is appalling, the script puts the dire in dialogue... It's the kind of
movie that should have you bleeding from the eyes, the ears or both after
the first ten minutes. And yet...
Over the last seven years, The Room has found an audience, quietly
attaining a cult status that belies its poor reviews. The Room is so truly
bad, it’s brilliant. Dubbed “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” by one US film
course (which in turn makes Wiseau “the Orson Welles of crap,” quipped
Entertainment Weekly), Wiseau has claimed that the unrelenting awfulness
of his flick is intentional, although interviews with his cast would suggest
otherwise. One actor, who refused to be identified, told EW that the script
“was actually a lot longer. There was stuff that was just unsayable. I know
it’s hard to imagine there was stuff that was worse. But there was.”
All the same, The Room now boasts an army of die-hard fans, who
attend late-night cinema screenings of the movie and indulge in Rocky
Horror-style audience participation, throwing one-liners, footballs and
plastic cutlery at the screen, timed to coincide with specific moments. Now
you can get in on the fun too, with Luna Leederville responding to popular
demand and adding The Room to their schedule. Saturdays at 11.15pm.
Highlights for this season’s independent and arthouse cinemas
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE The second chapter in Stieg Larsson’s
Millennium Trilogy finds Lisbeth Salander accused of murder and Mikael
Blomkvist struggling to prove her innocence. Make sure you catch the first movie
in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, if you haven’t already – it’s on DVD
from September 2. (Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX, from September 23)
EAT PRAY LOVE Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir makes the jump
to celluloid with Julia Roberts in the lead role of a woman who turns her
back on a happy marriage in favour of a round-the-world trip. (Windsor
Cinema, from October 7)
CASABLANCA Without a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest movies of
all time, Casablanca will have a special screening at The Astor, featuring a
mood-setting live performance by the Cairo Club Orchestra before the film rolls.
Make an afternoon of it. (The Astor, October 24)
Check out independent listings at: The Astor Theatre, astor-theatre.com;
Cygnet Cinema, cygnetcinema.com.au; FTI Fremantle, fti.asn.au; Galaxy
Drive In, galaxydrivein.com.au; Luna Palace Cinemas, luna.com.au/index.
php; Piccadilly Cinemas, piccadillycinemas.com.
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