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The Room

DVD call: 1924

Do you think you’ve seen bad movies? Well, I thought I had, too.

That is, until I saw 2003’s The Room.

The Room markets itself as a black comedy “with the passion of Tennessee Williams,” however, it is the most flat, plotless, poorly shot, atrociously acted film I’ve ever witnessed. Yes, I say witness because you don’t watch The Room, you witness it, like rubbernecking a 20 car pile-up.

Yet, somehow, I’d watch it again! The Room was SO terrible that it was hilarious, and my fellow viewers and I had a side-splitting evening all thanks to Tommy Wiseau, the genius of awfulness. He wrote, directed, produced (with 6 million of his own money), and starred in the film–and it’s really him that will have you cringing or laughing your pants off. Whether your watching the two main characters…I don’t even remember their names…deal with betrayal and unfaithfulness, or a side-character announce nonchalantly that she has breast cancer and then never mention it again, this film will leave you perplexed. Not to mention, Wiseau has the creepy air of a Euro-imported porn star.

The Room has now achieved cult status as “the worst movie ever made”, and it shows in theaters on a weekly basis, like Rocky Horror.

Oh yeah, also, here’s a warning I would have liked to have before I started watching: there are some REALLY uncomfortable sex scenes near the beginning that made all of us watching want to burn our eyes out of our heads at the overwhelming badness of them. Another warning, this film is REALLY misogynistic. As Wiseau says about his film, “You may not like it, but you will learn something.”

EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS! Get your friends together, pop some pop corn and get ready for a 90-minute journey into the abyss!

Trailer:

And an interview with Wiseau:

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Welcome to Cinema Science!

Hey Scotties!

Come on. You know you do it. Friday afternoon rolls around, and you make a trip to McCain Library before it closes to hit the DVD section. Another long and tiring week at Agnes Scott College is over–the history paper was due, the astronomy lab lasted forever, that club meeting…and a weekend of homework is about to begin. Studying? Ha. Maybe after you get a chance to unwind, right?

But navigating McCain’s collection of DVDs (and yes, even VHS if you’re in to that sort of thing) can be tricky. There’s so much to choose from, and shelf upon shelf of shiny, appealing covers stare back at you. Drama? Rom Com? Foreign? Indie? Horror? Thriller? Art House? Documentary? Maybe it’s movie night with your friends. Maybe it’s date night. Maybe it’s just a night in with yourself. Great, but what to watch?

Some students go in with a plan, knowing exactly what they want to check out. Others comb back and forth across the shelves, waiting for divine intervention to suggest the perfect film. As a senior at Agnes Scott, and a cinephile, I’ve gotten to know those shelves quite well. In fact, I’m such a connoisseur of McCain’s film collection, that I’m dedicating this blog to helping you (yes you!) find the perfect film for any occasion. I’ll tell you which films in McCain are worth watching, and which ones should be thrown into next year’s Black Cat bonfire.

Happy viewing, and check back regularly for new film reviews!

Love,

Sylvia Silverscreen

Class of 2011