For ten years, The Room has been confounding and entertaining audiences. The film’s strange blend of inept performance, oblique writing and haphazard direction has earned it an ever-growing cult audience that can’t get enough of its unique charms. By most standards, it’s a “bad” film, even a terrible one, but make no mistake: The Room is one of the most entertaining cinematic experiences you will ever undertake. How else to explain its longevity? Even its creator, the infamous Tommy Wiseau, is surprised.
“It’s the tenth anniversary. Can you imagine it’s been that long already?” he says. “I always thought I’d make the movie, [then] move on to the next project. It did not come out 100 percent the way I planned it, but at the same time, I’m happy with it.”
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Now Wiseau and co-star/producer Greg Sestero are coming to Denver for a special anniversary showing. They’ll introduce the film and take questions, so you can finally ask, “What exactly is the deal with that spoon painting?” Whether you’ve always been curious but have never seen The Room or have never missed a showing, this is the best opportunity to understand the phenomenon at its deepest level.
The film shows tonight and tomorrow at midnight at the Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing Street; admission is $15. For more information, visit tiny.cc/LandmarkDenver.
Aug. 9-10, 11:55 p.m., 2013