I enjoyed Squeeze when I watched it recently and I'm sort of obsessed by it. It's flawed in many ways, but it mostly works. Most notable is the way Turner and Co shot Auckland. I've never seen Auckland look like that on screen, figures emerging from the night into neon illumination. This is obviously the result of a small budget, but it looks great.
Robert Shannon is fantastic in it as well. It's hard to tear your eyes off him.
Hell March is pretty much pure teenage testosterone and awesome for it. I dig Jessica Curry's score for Dear Esther. It's the perfect match of game (I say game, but it's more of a lyrical poem thingy) and music.
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It was two and a half minutes long.
Blimmin' hell. I can't believe I've started a discussion about gender politics in The Room of all things.
Ant: I don't think the actress playing Lisa is adored by thousands. I think she's being laughed at by thousands.
Robyn: just because women were shouting out and recognising the sexist bits doesn't make the film any less misogynistic.
I'm not arguing that the film is dangerous and should be outlawed and that my fellow liberals should drive Wiseau into the hinterland to be beaten senseless with a hardback copy of the Female Eunuch.
I'm interested in my own response to the film, enjoying its rubbishness but also aware I'd dismiss a lot of films with similar depictions of women (most Hollywood films as Ant pointed out).
Although as Martin pointed out with that link to The Onion, perhaps I should stop over thinking what is after all a very, very silly film and just enjoy it.
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I'll be quiet now. *spends three hours staring into mirror*
Hi Ant, lovely to hear from you. I'm sorry I missed Enter The Void, it sounded amazing.
I think what you're saying is that I should stop being so naive about the casting couch. Fair point, but if you're trying to tell me Wiseau isn't a misogynist and instead some sort of misunderstood "romantic" I'd have to disagree. He's been quoted in the AV Club saying that the trouble with women is that they're manipulative beings. I'm also going from an interview with the dude who played Steven (who the hell are you?) basically saying Wiseau jumped the actress.
He's crazy, and has illusions of grandeur, but an innocent? I'm not convinced.
But, hey, I still watched the thing, like the other hipsters and I'm not trying to bum anyone out. Maybe I'm simply projecting the deep and genuine horror I felt on seeing the Wiseau's thrusting bum in action. Oh jeez ...
I loved how the front door on the first floor was also on the second floor. Kicks Inception's arse for dream-like brain architecture, I reckon.
On a more serious note (warning: party pooper alert), I'm a little uncomfortable about the film and it's cult status. Wiseau is a bit of a dodgy character, the film is clearly misogynist (it seems to be made by someone who has a twelve year old's understanding of male and female relationships) and I'm weirded out by the claim that the actor who played Lisa was "straight off the bus" and those bizarre sex scenes. Hint of exploitation?
I'm just wondering if it's healthy to prop up Wiseau by giving The Room a longer life than it would have. Perhaps it should have been left in the bargain bin?
But, y'know, I watched it like everyone else and had a great time. I'm just, as I said, left a bit uncomfortable.
Sterling work Mr Ng.