Monster of the Day #1669

Monday! Boo! Skeleton! Yay!

I saw The Disaster Artist last week. It was pretty great. Odd that Tommy Wiseau and Ed Wood are two of, what?, three?, (Orson Welles) American film directors who have movies made about them? Kudos to James Franco who was actually smart enough to slightly underplay Wisseau. Really the only smart option, though. You certainly couldn’t exaggerate him.

  • sandra

    As I recall from the movie, Ed Wood said that he and Orson Welles were the only auteurs in Hollywood. I guess Wiseau makes three. Just as ED WOOD should be shown as a double feature with PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE, THE DISASTER ARTIST should be teamed with THE ROOM.

  • Gamera977

    I so want to make a crude ‘boner’ joke about the skelly with the young lady…..

  • Gamera977

    I still haven’t seen ‘The Room’. Should I?

  • kgb_san_diego

    A lot of bad movies are boring. The Room is NOT boring. If you partake, then make sure to have some libations on hand. Also, seeing the Room with a lot of people is really much better.

  • Ericb

    It’s surreal, like some kind of “outsider art” or a film made in some other reality similar yet slightly different from ours.

  • Rock Baker

    Well, THE AVIATOR covered Howard Hughes’ motion picture involvement, though that was but one facet of an extraordinary life of innovation and invention. Similarly themed, THE CARPETBAGGERS touched upon the Hollywood activities of it’s Hughes analog.

  • Rock Baker

    As to THE CREEPING FLESH, I thought this one had a great premise, but one which wasn’t fully developed. That happens from time to time with British spookers.

  • The Rev.

    Well, Wiseau IS an alien wearing a skin suit, so that makes sense.

    I’ve only seen The Room in a group setting (first T-Fest, then at a theater for the live Rifftraxing of it), but I can’t imagine it’s more fun to watch alone. It is, however, pretty amazing. Much like Battlefield Earth, it truly lives down to everything you have heard about it.

  • bgbear_rnh

    non sequitur theater ;-)

  • Ken_Begg

    It is the greatest bad movie of the last 50 years, easy. ‘Better’ than Battlefield Earth, which is saying something.

    If you live near a big city, scope out where it plays as a midnight show and wait until Wisseau attends. It is a trip, man.

  • Ken_Begg

    True, but I was skipping pastiches, like White Hunter Black Heart (great movie). And yeah, Aviator isn’t really about Hughes as a director. Not surprising, as he only helmed two films. He was a lot more active as a producer and studio chief.

  • Ken_Begg

    I agree, it’s kind of half baked. Some good stuff, though.

  • Eric Hinkle

    This one seems to be a rarely run movie. I can only ever recall seeing or even hearing about it once, and that was more than a few years ago.

  • So that skeleton has creeping flesh that rises from the grave. Or am I miss reading the poster?

    Not a terrible outing for Cushing and Lee, as I recall

  • Gamera977

    Thanks guys! Will have to look it up.

  • I didn’t realize Disaster Artist was out yet. Hasn’t made it to my local mulitiplex at any rateI enjoyed the book and am looking forward to seeing how they handled it.

  • You definitely need to see it, but be aware that it is a bit ‘porn-y’ in a couple of places (not the majority of the film), so if inviting a group over pick friends that won’t be too uncomfortable with that in a group setting.

    I say this as someone who has been know to forget exactly how dirty a couple of my favorite bad movies were before showing them at parties (yes, more than once, my memory sucks for anything other than useless trivia and obscure disease symptoms).

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Didn’t Clint Eastwood make a movie about John Huston? White Hunter, Black Heart or something.

  • Ken_Begg

    Yes, the like first 20 minutes has three (I think) sex scenes, and you’re like, what, is this it?, and then they stop.

    There are enjoyable bad songs during them though, and trying to count how many sets of hips Wisseau has is…something.

  • Ken_Begg

    I just bought a crazy ’80s action movie to show some pals, and then I was like, oops, I should let them know there’s almost certainly a strip club scene in there. They ALL had strip club scenes.

  • Ken_Begg

    I think it opened in 6 theaters nationwide, but should expand to over a 100 this weekend.

  • Ken_Begg

    Yes, I mentioned that above. Great movie, but a fictionalized pastiche, not a biopic.

  • bgbear_rnh

    never mind.