Bonus Episode 14: Greg Sestero, writer/producer/star of “Best F(r)iends Vol. 1 & 2”

January 26, 2019 by  
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In this bonus episode of The CineSnob Podcast, f(r)iend of the show Greg Sestero chats with Cody and Jerrod after the release of “Best F(r)iends Vol. 1 & 2” on digital and Blu-ray. In the movies, Greg–who also wrote and produced the films–re-teams with his “The Room” co-star Tommy Wiseau.

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Ep. 108 – Call Me By Your Name and our Top Ten Films of 2017

January 22, 2018 by  
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This week, The CineSnob Podcast returns to review “Call Me By Your Name” and Cody and Jerrod run down their top 10 films of 2017.

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Ep. 107 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (spoilers start at 17:04) and The Disaster Artist

December 14, 2017 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review the year’s most anticipated movie, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” BE AWARE: Spoilers run from 17:04 to 40:35!

They also review last week’s wide release “The Disaster Artist,” which is also the subject of Bonus Episode 13, so give that a listen too!

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The Disaster Artist

December 6, 2017 by  
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Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen
Directed by: James Franco (“Child of God,” “As I Lay Dying”)
Written by: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Fault in Our Stars”)

“The Disaster Artist,” a comedy documenting the creation of the cult-classic film “The Room,” is based on the book of the same name by co-star Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. Over the years, I’ve become intimately familiar with both stories: the over-the-top tale of the film featuring Johnny and his love for Lisa, undone by her infidelity with Johnny’s best friend Mark, and the book featuring the equally over-the-top tale of how the batshit movie came to be.

The film, like the book, chronicles the meeting of Tommy Wiseau (James Franco), a mysterious man with an inscrutable accent and long black hair who looks much older than he says he is, and Greg (Dave Franco), a fresh-faced 19-year-old struggling to make it as an actor in San Francisco in the late ’90s.

Tommy and Greg become friends–in Tommy’s case, Greg is really his only friend–and move to Los Angeles to make it big as actors, despite Tommy’s eccentric behavior and his cryptic warnings to Greg to not tell anyone anything about him and his increasing jealousy of seemingly anything Greg gets that he doesn’t, like an agent, or something that steals Greg’s attention, like a girlfriend.

After they both struggle to find work, Tommy vows to write a film for he and Greg to star in and, with Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” as his inspiration, Tommy bangs out the script for “The Room” and digs into what one character calls a “bottomless pit” of money to produce his “All-American” vision his way, including the unorthodox practice of buying film equipment over leasing it and using it to shoot film and HD video side-by-side.

Tommy himself and the script for the film baffle crew members, including the script supervisor and de facto director Sandy (Seth Rogen) and director of photography Raphael (Paul Scheer), who both nearly quit over Tommy’s outrageous behavior, only to be talked out of it by Greg, the checks that are still clearing, and the notion that no one will see the film anyway.

Of course, the film saw the light of day in 2003 and became a midnight sensation thanks to Tommy’s paying to keep it in theaters (to qualify for the Academy Awards!) and an infamous, ominous billboard that lorded over Hollywood for more than a decade.

Easily his best film as a director to date (most of them are really weird and terrible), James Franco also disappears incredibly into Tommy, making him more than just a weird accent and greasy black hair, but also leaving the mystery of Tommy effectively intact. Sure, the audience might want to know some simple things like where Tommy came from, where he gets his money, and just how old he is–but the real Wiseau has never publicly revealed that either.

Franco’s wonderful performance, like the film itself, is easily on par with the Johnny Depp-Tim Burton biopic “Ed Wood,” that film a career-best turn for both, about a delusional, never-give-up director of terrible-yet-sincere movies that share DNA with “The Room.”

The question remains if “The Disaster Artist” will play to a crowd that isn’t familiar with “The Room” and all of its foibles. As someone who has seen “The Room” a dozen times or so, this question is difficult to answer, but without a doubt “The Disaster Artist” is delightfully hilarious and, like the inimitable Tommy Wiseau, has genuine heart.

Juliette Danielle – The Room

December 6, 2017 by  
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For the last 14 years, all actress Juliette Danielle has wanted is for her debut in Hollywood to be forgotten. While that might not be the usual reaction for someone starring as the lead female role in her first film, not every actress has had the misfortune of saying it was for the 2003 drama/unintentional comedy “The Room.”

Despite being considered by critics and fans as one of the worst movies ever made, “The Room” has gone on to develop a massive cult following across the world and commands interactive screenings much like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” where fans show up dressed in costume and wielding props.

In “The Room,” Danielle starred as Lisa, the deceitful fiancée of main character Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) who tears his world apart when she begins an affair with Johnny’s best friend Mark (Greg Sestero). The making of “The Room” has been adapted into a new film, “The Disaster Artist,” directed and starring Academy Award-nominee James Franco (“127 Hours”) as Wiseau, the director, writer and star of the original cinematic catastrophe. Actress Ari Graynor (“Whip It,” “Youth in Revolt”) stars as Danielle.

This past March, Danielle, 36, and her husband packed up everything and moved from Los Angeles to San Antonio. I caught up with the new Alamo City transplant to talk about “The Disaster Artist,” how it compares to her real-life experience on set and if she thought “The Room” would be the as popular as it is today.

What brought you to San Antonio nine months ago?

We just wanted to get the heck out of Los Angeles. I grew up in Sugarland, Texas, so it has been a dream of mine to move back to Texas for over a decade. We spent a lot of time looking into the different big cities. San Antonio stood out above the rest. I love the growing economy, great infrastructure and I really like the culture and food. Plus, my dad lives here! So, we packed a carload of four cats and took three days to drive from L.A. to San Antonio. We were fortunate enough to become homeowners a few months ago, something we never could have done in California. We are so happy to call San Antonio home.

Now that you’ve seen “The Disaster Artist,” what did you think about it?

I wasn’t sure how I would feel, but it was completely surreal. Overall, I loved the film. I think they did an incredible job. One of my favorite things was the impeccable attention to detail on the wardrobe and set. I felt transported! And James [Franco] did an amazing job. The scene where he debuts the famous “white hat” once shooting began, I felt like I was back on the set in real life.

Do you feel like the film is about the making of “The Room” or is it about more?

I think the story was really about Tommy and Greg. It’s a beautiful story of friendship, adversity, perseverance and ultimately fame. Those few months on the set of “The Room” changed the trajectory of my life forever, whether I wanted it to or not. Someday soon, I hope to share things that happened from my perspective.

What did you think about actress Ari Graynor’s portrayal of you?

Ari was amazing and I loved her. I wouldn’t have changed anything. I was not asked to be involved, but I did speak to Ari before she started shooting. I talked to her about how much the initial premiere [of “The Room”] hurt me. I was watching it for the very first time and all I wanted to do was get up and run out of the theater.

What is something “The Disaster Artist” got right and wrong from your real-life experience?

The wardrobe and set were spot on. I also loved how they included the wardrobe and makeup characters. They were actually my safety net on set. I don’t know if I would have made it through the filming without them. There were a lot of events that were combined, but I think it makes sense for storytelling purposes.

When you were making “The Room,” did you think you were making a bad film?

We knew that we weren’t making a wonderful film, but we never thought anyone would see it. I mean, there are so many bad films that get made that no one ever sees. We clearly underestimated Tommy.

What was the moment when you realized “The Room” had turned into a cultural phenomenon?

All these years I have secretly wished it would just go away. But even after 15 years, it just keeps coming back! In Los Angeles, I would get recognized in the early years. Then I would see celebrities talking about it. Once I went to London and saw it was playing there. I used to have a fan mail box and I received mail from everywhere. I have fans all over the world.

If someone told you that they’ve never seen “The Room,” would you recommend they see it?

I would never recommend people see “The Room” for obvious reasons. I have forbidden my friends and family from seeing it, but I encourage them to watch “The Disaster Artist!”

Anything else you’d like to add?

I want my fans to know that I appreciate them, especially the ones who have been there from the early years. The ones who have followed me through the years have given me a lot of room to grow and have an identity that is more than just “The Room.” I do wish newer fans would try to be more respectful when finding and communicating with me on social media for the first time. Those are my pages that I moderate personally.

Bonus Episode 13: The Disaster Artist with Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

December 5, 2017 by  
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It’s a very special “The Disaster Artist” themed bonus episode of The CineSnob Podcast. First up, Cody and Jerrod talk to friend of the show Greg Sestero as he returns to catch us up on the past 2 years of seeing his memoir about the making of “The Room” turned into a major motion picture.

Next, the boys talk with co-author of the book Tom Bissell about how he stumbled upon “The Room,” exploring Tommy Wiseau’s past, and how he helped Greg tell the story of his friendship with Tommy.

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Ep. 103 – Top 5 movies of the year so far, home video reviews of The Circle, Unforgettable, and Kong: Skull Island, and a preview of Fathom Events this week

August 14, 2017 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod run down their top 5 movies of 2017 so far. They also preview a pair of Fathom Events, “Batman and Harley Quinn” and “Rifftrax Live – Doctor Who: The Five Doctors,” and Cody reviews home video releases for “The Circle,” “Unforgettable,” and “Kong: Skull Island.”

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