There were plenty of potential movies for this 100th installment of Awfully Good—PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE, an Uwe Boll retrospective— but one film called out to me from the heavens…
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The picture, a left coast midnight hit, didn’t start gaining national traction until it was featured as part of Adult Swim’s 2009 April Fool’s prank. If you want to gauge the pulse of the midnight movie scene, keep an eye on Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of The Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! These guys are championing this movement, which up to this point, I was pretty sure was dying animal but the sudden popularity of The Room has given the Midnight scene a little bit of life and now that Tim and Eric are out there championing the equally as insane horror picture, Birdemic, you can expect a little more movement in those circles.
Nathaniel Jones gives us the greatest musical experience since Les Miserables!
Tommy Wiseau is a living legend.
His debut film “The Room” was first released in 2003 on Sunset Boulevard, at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater, advertised as a drama in the vein of Tennessee Wiliams’ work. Moviegoers responded positively. It was released on DVD in 2005, made its network premiere this year as the annual Adult Swim April Fool’s Day joke and just concluded a brief run at Ciné. With such a following, how can the film be anything but brilliant?
It is a brilliant film, but not in the way Wiseau intended.