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March 27, 2009

Let the wild rumpus start

Filed under: movies — danylmc @ 11:23 am

Warners have released a trailer for Where the Wild Things Are.

Bits of the trailer make me throw up in my mouth a little bit (‘inside each of us there is HOPE’? Fuck you, assholes.) but it was written by Dave Eggers and directed by Spike Jonze. Also, someone in the comments asked me about Watchmen – I’ll try and write a review this weekend.

And while we’re talking about movies, has anyone seen The Room?

The Room is a San Francisco-set love triangle involving a banker named Johnny, his friend Mark, and Johnny’s fiancĂ©e Lisa, who is sleeping with both men. The film does seem to be beset with problems. Various subplots are inadequately resolved or simply disappear altogether, including the throwaway revelation that Lisa’s mother is suffering from cancer. The film’s many rooftop shots feature an unrealistic San Francisco backdrop, thanks to some less-than-impressive greenscreen work. There are lengthy, unerotic sex scenes, the last of which prompts a section of the audience to depart the auditorium temporarily in mock protest. Finally, in one sequence, a sharp bone seems about to erupt from Lisa’s neck for no reason at all.

The film’s so-bad-it’s-freakin’-awesome vibe has attracted a devout army of aficionados whose membership includes the cream of Hollywood’s comedy community. Role Models star Paul Rudd and Arrested Development’s David Cross are both fans, as is Jonah Hill, who uses a still from the movie as his MySpace photograph. Heroes star Kristen Bell hosts Room-viewing parties at her house and last year attended the film’s monthly Laemmle screening with Rudd, Hill, and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright. ”There is a magic about that film that is indescribable,” she says.

The Room has even infiltrated the halls of cinematic academia. ”It is one of the most important films of the past decade,” says Ross Morin, an assistant professor of film studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. ”It exposes the fabricated nature of Hollywood. The Room is the Citizen Kane of bad movies.”

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4 Comments »

  1. I’ve been wanting to see the room since reading about the cult around it a few weeks ago. Now i certainly do to remain ahead of nz’s (late) curve

    Comment by Chris — March 27, 2009 @ 11:35 am

  2. I am hoping and praying that Eggers and Jonze have done WTWTA justice. I like both of their work, but I have always and will always adore that book. I buy it for every kid I know who doesn’t have it. I want white wolf pyjamas so badly. They would be excellent for trouble of one kind or another. I think this is the first time I have actually been hoping that there will be a big merchandising drive associated with a movie just so they might, on the off-chance, sell some.

    Comment by Tidge — March 27, 2009 @ 11:54 am

  3. maybe not in your size?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 27, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  4. Yes, I fear you are right, even if they come to pass :)
    I may be able to live the dream vicariously through my nephew.

    Comment by Tidge — March 27, 2009 @ 2:04 pm


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