I’ve never seen The Room. And yet, I know all about it. The 2003 film is a cult favorite topic for several of my co-workers, former and current (here’s looking at you, Chris Haire). I’ve been told to watch the flick — starring, written, produced and directed by Tommy Wiseau — more than once, just to revel in how horrible it is. Surprisingly, I have yet to sit down and indulge.
It looks like my chance is finally here, though. This November the Charleston Music Hall screens The Room on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. CMH says that this screening is in anticipation of a December release, The Disaster Artist, a James Franco movie based off of a book of the same name, based off of The Room. Got it? Cool.
The Room‘s IMBD summary reads like this: “Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.”
But we prefer local comedian Jessica Mickey’s take on The Room, which she described for CMH:
There’s something to be said of The Room — a beautiful disaster of cinema, fueled by a severe lack of skill and competence combined with bombastic ambition — in the context of today. Tommy Wiseau is as mysterious as he is incoherent, leading you to wonder if this is just a prolonged con of performance art. As the writer, director, producer, and star of The Room, he is an outsider forcing his way onto a stage not meant for him — it’s amazing what a questionable budget and delusions of grandeur can do for one man.
For more deets on The Room check out that aforementioned book, The Disaster Artist, published in 2014 by Greg Sestero and Tom Bisell. It has been described by HuffPo as “possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed.” In the book, Sestero, who starred alongside Wiseau in The Room, explains some of the film’s behind-the-scenes workings. In this year’s forthcoming movie The Disaster Artist, James Franco plays — who else — the strange, infamous Tommy Wiseau. Frequent co-stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and brother Dave Franco star as well.