VIDEO: The Room (2003)

It’s time for another Requested Review, this time from Mendo’s favorite site, TV Tropes! After ten years, it seems about time that we actually dealt with Tommy Wiseau’s magnum opus. So, here it is: The Room! Mendo-style!

(Yadda yadda Red Ribbon Reviewers, yadda yadda.)

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  • MichaelANovelli

    Never let it be said that I never give you what you want!

  • gasmaskangel

    Oh God. This movie. Its a fascinating collection of badness, everytime I watch it I spot something awful that I’d never seen before.

    • MichaelANovelli

      And yet, it’s one of my most prized possessions…

      • gasmaskangel

        I never said that it wasn’t entertaining as balls. Its a lot like Battlefield Earth in that respect, both are awful movies but I will NEVER turn down an invitation to watch them.

        • MichaelANovelli

          I actually like BE a little better. At the very least, it never feels like it’s jogging in place. ^_^

          • gasmaskangel

            And Travolta’s performance is a goddamn national treasure as far as I’m concerned. I’m with Brad Jones on this, if I was a billionaire I’d totally fund the sequel.

          • MichaelANovelli

            It would make more sense than the Atlas Shrugged sequels…

            I’m still waiting for the Kirk Cameron knock-offs!

          • gasmaskangel

            I’m still pissed that I wasted my time on the first Atlas Shrugged movie.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Well, I still have to review the second two.

          • John Wilson

            Second two? Three not out yet

          • MichaelANovelli

            I bear the Mark of Ayn. Anything the Objectivists say, I must avenge sevenfold!

          • gasmaskangel

            You poor bastard.

          • MichaelANovelli

            No worries. I’ve started working out, again, so I can go full Taxi Driver on them!

          • gasmaskangel

            It would be hilarious if you actually did a bit parodying all the training stuff from Taxi Driver. You know, doing pull ups, trying to whip a gun out of your sleeve, giving yourself a mohawk, ect.

          • MichaelANovelli

            I’d need to buy a holster.

          • John Wilson

            You like “Battlefield earth” too. I wrote a thing on reddit on why I like it. That movie perfect camp:)

          • MichaelANovelli

            Yeah, it makes me smile. 🙂

  • TheScottCSmith

    I have never seen this movie, but it seems like I have from the reviews I’ve watched of it. I think one of these days I will have to, along with Xanadu.

    • MichaelANovelli

      I will concede, The Room has a better leading man than Xanadu, but Xanadu is funnier…

      • Alexa

        Also you can’t go wrong with a soundtrack with ELO on it.
        🙂

        • MichaelANovelli

          No, you cannot.

  • John Wilson

    There should be a remake with Nic Cage as everyone. I might do that, only have it be myshelf:)

    • MichaelANovelli

      I say go for it!

  • The_Stig

    I’m just gonna get this out of the way: You’re TEARING ME APART, MENDO!

    • MichaelANovelli

      Feel better?

      • The_Stig

        Surprisingly, yes.

        • MichaelANovelli

          OK. Anything else you want to bring to the discussion?

          • The_Stig

            Not really. Wanna go into the alley and toss around the football?

          • MichaelANovelli

            Only if we can wear our tuxes!

          • The_Stig

            I never play back alley football without them.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Then, later, we can run Bay To Breakers!

          • The_Stig

            The first round of scotchka is on me.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Huzzah!

  • danbreunig

    After just hearing the title off in the obscure distance for years, I finally had my first exposure here to The Room. And I learned something: you *can* technically make an everyday generic soap opera into a legitimate indie film. I can’t remember–was there a second of this movie that didn’t have any background score in it?

    Oh, and Mendril–Thank You! I never expected to see that here; I really feel honored.

    • MichaelANovelli

      What can I say? I didn’t want to cut the song short.

      There are not many, no. I think the real lesson here is that you can make a whole movie without a plot!

    • Muthsarah

      That was your pic there at the end? Freaky!

      • danbreunig

        Aw, shucks!

        Yeah, it was.

  • MichaelANovelli

    Well, all things considered, this actually gives me hope for the movie I’m making. I’m CERTAIN I could do better!

    • TheRedWorm

      Well, that’s a little unfair, isn’t it? You actually have……..what’s the word I’m looking for??……oh, right; talent.

      What’s your movie going to be about, if you don’t mind me asking?

      • The_Stig

        It’s going to be about a young woman’s erotic journey from Milan to Minsk.

        • FullofQuestions1

          Oh, what does she use for the ride? Badum-tssh!

          • MichaelANovelli

            Like most erotic journeys, I’d imagine one or two trains are involved.

          • FullofQuestions1

            Real trains or toy trains?

          • MichaelANovelli

            Depends on how many batteries you have. Or, if you’re in Europe. Then, you’ll need an adapter!

          • danbreunig

            I recommend a Zildjian ZBT 20-inch.

            Use the 16-inch crash for the “tssh!”

  • Bob_in_Baltimore

    I just wanted to say thanks for including the short clip from “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra”. I thought I was the only one who saw that!

    • MichaelANovelli

      Really, that was the only possible joke to make, there. ^_^

  • CBob

    What is Tommy Weisseu’s(sp?) native language anyway? It obviously isn’t english. His combo of accent and inconsistent/lack of inflection is messing with my head. He sounds just like someone who understands English, but isn’t fluent in it yet, but I can’t tell if it’s really that, or just terrible acting, or some unparsable mix of both.

    Not even joking, I’m honestly curious now.

    • FullofQuestions1

      According to Disaster Artist, he was born somewhere in the Soviet Union and then fled to France. I’m guessing he learned English in his home country, then improved it in France. The grammar inconsistencies certainly match a Slavic language of some sort.

      • MichaelANovelli

        Also, Wiseau is not a real name. It’s the French “oiseau” or “bird man” with a W in front, in honor of whatever his original name was.