Cult, Dark Comedy, Drama, Romance
Late Night Showcase, Retrospective
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In 2003, The Room—written and directed by its star, Tommy Wiseau—was released to become first a critical punching bag, then a midnight cult sensation. Called the “Citizen Kane of bad movies” by Entertainment Weekly, the unintentional black comedy about passion and betrayal portrays a successful banker (Wiseau) coping with a fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle), who’s having cold feet about the wedding—as well as an affair with his best friend Mark, played by Greg Sestero. Filled with sex, non-sequiturs, strange accents and hammy performances galore, it is nothing if not watchable in its own special way.
On the eve of the release of The Disaster Artist—a feature comedy based by James Franco on Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of the film—we’re screening The Room in all its dubious glory.
In the middle of small-town nowhere, seven friends play a board game whose stakes are literally life or death. One part black comedy, one part teen drama and one part bloody horror flick from the Canadian creators of the namesake web series.
Years after witnessing her mother kill her father and sister, Holly tries to live a normal life despite horrific nightmares. But when she meets a charismatic New Age guru, she finds her dreams blurring with her reality in Can Evrenol’s mind-bending, over-the-top homage to Italian pulp horror.
In this stylishly lurid neo-Western set on the sun-drenched Mediterranean by cult directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears), a trunkload of stolen gold serves as the catalyst for a showdown between thieves, cops and anyone caught in the crossfire.