Movie Review The Disaster Artist

During the years that The Room was a weekly fixture on the schedule of a jerryrigged excuse for a movie theatre, the kind of place where thirty or forty smart alecks would gather to jeer at Showgirls or sing along with The Sound of Music, I had not the slightest interest in attending a screening.  Now, several years later, after having seen The Disaster Artist, a fictionalized account of the making of that cult phenomenon, seeing that movie became a  necessity.  Was it possible that these two characters as portrayed in The Disaster Artist had succeeded in executing even a watchable shot, let alone scene, let alone feature film?  Well, since I never saw The Room in its original theatrical form, it is impossible to know how that movie looked or played, but the BluRay gives it the air of a professional production.  For all I know, the millions made by the cult screenings may have gone into a total post production reboot. or maybe the director, writer, star Tommy Wiseau is not the total retard that director/actor  James Franco, makes him out to be in The Disaster Artist.

I’m not claiming that The Room is a good movie.  Had it been made as a porno film in the seventies, thugh, it would have been showered with accolades as a breakthrough adult film,  But it is not a porno, and it wasnt made in the seventies.   Its contemporaries are not Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones, but the flood of 21st century mumblecore movies that have reach a low-horizon zenith with writer/director Greta Gerwig’s highly praised disaster of a movie, Lady Bird, which has netted five Oscar nominations , including Best Picture, Best director, Best original Screenplay, and best actress for both leading and supporting roles.  Now, I’m not saying that The Room is a better film that Lady Bird, but it is not too much its inferior, and is certainly more honest.  Yet the Room is being touted as the worst film of all time and Lady Bird as the Best of 2017.  Something is seriously wrong here.

But back to The Disaster Artist.  It is  highly original, intensively funny look inside the conundrum of untalented and unskilled people failing to make it in a competitive industry, and how they create an alternative reality for themselves in which they are the alpha people.  Franco has done an excellent job of exaggerating the flaws of his protagonist to the point of hysterical disbelief.  The only precedent I can think of is American Movie, Chris Smith’s  1999 documentary of the making of Mark Borchardt\s horror short, Coven.  In both films, the audience is invited to both ridicule and empathize with a wannabe film-maker whose dreams exceed his capabilities.   There is something cruel in these films, but there is also a lot of affection for the misguided, deluded protagonist, one who beats the odds and the other who is defeated by them.



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Full Moon Night

from The Country Side of Bill White by Bill White

Down from Missouri Drivin a truck full of illegal beer
Outran the troopers across the Missippippi bridge
I tried to leave you after we made the split
But the wind was cutting through the trees and you wouldn’t let go of my wrist

Baby Im sorry Nothing ever comes out right
Yeah its hopeless even on a full moon night

We shacked up in Memphis near the Mississippi bridge
Stayed drunk all winter Cant remember all the things that we did
Sundays in Shakerag with a guitar on my knee
Got a call from Nashville and I wasn’t taking you with me

repeat chorus

Next time I saw you you were going through some heavy times
You cried on my shoulder all I could d was pour you another glass of wine
I said I cant help you but Ill stay till youre on your feet
But before we even finished making love I had my bags out in the street

That’s when I told you something that you didn’t want to know
That I would never follow you to where you wanted to go
Just because your prison is put together with pretty nails
Doesn’t make it any different than any other stinkin jail

repeat chorus



7 thoughts on “Movie Review The Disaster Artist

  1. I haven’t seen ‘The Room’, but have read nothing but praise for ‘The Disaster Artist’. Everyone seems to like it, including you now too. I doubt it will ever be shown in the provincial cinemas where I live, so I will have to wait to get the DVD cheap.
    I am not a fan of country music as a rule, but I liked the plaintive vocals on today’s song.
    Best wishes, Pete.


    1. you will want to see the room after seeing the disaster artist, but im afraid that might be even more difficult to find. where do you get your dvds? is there a cheap local shop or do you have to buy them through the internet?

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      1. I source most of them through Amazon marketplace sellers. As a rule, I buy guaranteed used copies, for around just £1 or £2. If I want a newer film without waiting too long, I put it on my Christmas or birthday list, and receive it as a gift. Very rarely, I pay around £8 for a new release on Amazon, once the excitement has died down. There are no shops where I can buy them locally. The closest is in Norwich, but I rarely make the 20 mile trip into that city. I can request them free to loan from the local library, but that involves going on a waiting list for most popular films.


  2. I haven’t seen ‘Lady Bird’ but I’m curious why you think it is a disaster as I’ll be watching it eventually. I enjoy S. Ronan on screen and was hoping the female Gerwig was deserving of her current accolades as director. Love the lyrics of this one, especially the stinger at the end.


    1. i liked ronan in brooklyn. she had a part with depth and was directed with intelligences. in ladybird, there is no character, no direction, and her own personality is subsumed in the terrible script that is all about gerwigs incorrigible personality, which can only be approximated by ronan by aping the mannerisms of her director. my point in bringing this film in the disaster artist review was to say that gerwig is just as bad a writer and director as wiseau, yet receives accolades while he is given the raspberry. neither knows the first thing about constructing a script according to solid dramatic principles, nor does either have the first idea of how to bring a scene to life though directorial ideas. both simply want to see their idiotic scripts acted out and filmed. whn you watch the disaster artist, try applying the same point of view given to scenes from the room to comparable scenes in lady bird. both films are pastiches of fragmented scenes from ordinary life given importance by the writers own ecperience of them, but failing to reach the transformative phase in which such ordinary happenstance assumes a relevnce to those outside its immediate influence. …regatding the song, im lad you liked the final lines, but without the usic the lyric has little meaning. thats why i rarely print the lyric, the existence of which is seriously diminished outside the time measure of its musical duration. i am raying that all goes well with your test results and you are feeling better promptly.


      1. I got the reason why you positioned the 2 films side by side–a dig at Hollywood–but I wasn’t sure why you felt it was a disaster. You’ve explained yourself vand since I’ve not seen it, I can’t agree or disagree, but I will play Devil’s advocate and suggest since many liked the film, and its nominations keep flowing in, “ordinary happenstance assumes a relavance” with many, perhaps of the younger generation, but not so with we baby-boomers. I’m looking forward to watching it now, to see if I agree with you or not. Disaster Artist, too.
        Regarding songs, I’ve been inclined throughout my life to listen to the music and ignore the lyrics since most of the time I couldn’t understand what the singer was singing. Lately, I’ve been approaching songs with looking at the lyrics as poetry and I find it’s more satisfying than the music! I know this is a discredit to the artist who wants me to listen to both. Very few songs marry both and produce significant, beautiful music.


      2. no dig at hollywood, wuite the opposite. i agree with you on the generational factor of the mumblecore moveent. the young people found no relevance in 100 years of professionnl cinema tp their lives so they made their own anateur films that expressed their own reality. both lady bird and the room fall into this type of film. interestingly enough, ladybird is set in 2002 and the room was made in 2002, the year the mumblecore movement kicked in, but the room as not a part of that movement., whereas gerwig has become something of its queen. you cite the popularity of her film as evidence of its value, so i will cite the 17 years of popularity the roo has enjoyed to back up my placing them side by side. neither film is very good, both enjoy a substantial following, yet one is unduly scorned while the other is unduly praised now as for song … poetry need no music as the music is in the words themselves. music need no lyric to express its themes, athough those themes are often ecpressed by other means such as dance. a song lyric is not a poem. you dont hear its music in the words alone. it needs rhythm, harmony, and a melody. these are not beautiful as is music that stands alonne, any moore than a song lyric is as beautiful as a poem. for centuries, lyrics have been set to eisting, traditional tunes. these are melodies that are easy for untrained singer to sing, unlike the operatic aria. in recent times, such lurics have been set to music that, while not exactly original, is unique to each song we dont have 20 versionns of franie and johnnie sung to the same tune. perhaps if you didnt think of a the music of a song as music but simply as perofrmance, the way you see the dialog in a play, not as literature, but as something that only comes alive when performed. in my songs, the music gives the lyric the life that it lacks in its words alone.

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