The Room (2003) at the Cedar Lee
Saturday, June 8, at midnight
Synopsis: A black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies. It has five major characters. Johnny is a successful banker with great respect for and dedication to the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa. Johnny can also be a little too trusting at times which haunts him later on. Lisa is a beautiful blonde fiance of Johnny. She has always gotten her way and will manipulate to get what she wants. She is a taker, with a double personality, and her deadly schemes lead to her own downfall. Mark is a young, successful and independent best friend of Johnny. He has a good heart, but gets caught up in Lisa’s dangerous web and gives into temptation. This eventually brings him to great loss. Claudette is the classy, sophisticated mother of Lisa who has had disappointing relationships in her life. She wants her daughter to be married as soon as possible so she can benefit. Denny is an orphan boy, naive and confused about life, love, and friendship. Denny is very ambitious and also very grateful to the people that are in his life.
THE ROOM depicts the depths of friendship and relationships in one’s life and raises life’s real and most asked question: “Can you ever really trust anyone?”
I’m just going to jump right into this. I love everything about The Room. In the pantheon of films that are “so bad they’re good,” The Room ranks right near the top with classics like Plan 9 from Outer Space and Troll 2. It’s the kind of film that you see by accident or that someone forces you to sit down and watch. In my experience, there are two possible outcomes of showing this film to someone. They may love it and want to show it to others as well, or they may curse the ground you walk on for stealing 99 minutes of their life like Winona Ryder in a dimly-lit department store.
Upon reading the unusually long synopsis, one might come to the conclusion that The Room is nothing but a poorly executed soap opera plot. You’d be right and oh-so-incredibly wrong at the same time if you drew this conclusion. The Room is 90+ minutes of writer/director/producer/lead actor Tommy Wiseau trying his very best at things at which he is incalculably terrible. In my mind, this is the watermark of what makes a terrible film a watchable and loveable film. Anyone can make a bad film, but when those responsible truly believe their film is fantastic, the films seem to have a quality that make them endearing to an audience. This is how many cult films are created, and The Room is by far the finest example of this in the past 20 years. I wholeheartedly encourage all initiated and uninitiated to get down to the Cedar Lee Saturday night to witness this atrocious masterpiece the way it should be viewed, in a theater with a few hundred other people who are all in on the joke.
The Kings of Summer (2013) at the Cedar Lee
Premieres Friday June 7
Synopsis: Joe, Patrick and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from.
It seems every summer has one or two coming-of-age films, and Kings of Summer fits right into that category. It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was also featured at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival. I’m looking forward to this film. I enjoy a good coming-of-age summer movie as much as the next guy, and this one happens to have a dynamite cast. The leads are young and mostly unknowns, but the supporting cast around them is filled with some fantastic television comedy vets including Alison Brie (Annie in NBC’s Community), Megan Mullally (Tammy 2 in NBC’s Parks and Rec), Nick Offerman (THE Ron Swanson in NBC’s Parks and Rec), and Mary Lynn Rajskub (Gail the Snail in FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). I imagine this film will excite fans of such things as Stand By Me, Super 8 (minus the lack of extraterrestrial), and pretty much any John Hughes film.
If you’re reading this sentence right now, then you should probably just leave a comment below. Let’s get some dialogue going, Cleveland. Did anyone check out Axe Giant or Batman last week? What movies are you looking forward to? What’s your social security number? All very important questions that need answers, so drop me a comment.