Ep. 116 – Venom, A Star is Born

October 7, 2018 by  
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The CineSnob Podcast returns from its summer abroad, with reviews of “Venom” and “A Star is Born.” Cody also gives us a recap of Fantastic Fest, and we remind you to go download our friend Greg Sestero’s movie “Best F(r)iends: Vol. 1.”

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Tommy Wiseau – Best F(r)iends: Vol. 1

April 24, 2018 by  
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Fifteen years after they teamed up to make “The Room,” a cult classic that many film pundits consider one of the worst movies ever made, director/writer/actor Tommy Wiseau and actor Greg Sestero, who were portrayed last year by James and Dave Franco in the critically-acclaimed “The Disaster Artist,” are at it again.

This time, the real-life best friends are reuniting for the first time since “The Room” debacle for “Best F(r)iends: Volume One,” a buddy crime flick written by Sestero and starring him and Wiseau in the lead roles. Sestero plays Jon, a homeless man panhandling on the streets of Los Angeles, who develops a friendship with Harvey (Wiseau), an eccentric mortician, who invites him back to his morgue to lend him a hand. Soon, the two find themselves caught up in a scheme revolving around the selling of the gold dental scraps Harvey removes from the dead bodies.

I caught up with Wiseau via phone while he was attending the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa Bay late last month. We talked about how his talent has grown as an actor, if he feels Hollywood has finally embraced him and why negative reviews of “The Room” are OK with him.

Do you think “Best F(r)iends” could earn the same kind of following “The Room” did?

I have no idea what happens. I stay away from criticizing my best friend’s movie, which is called “Best F(r)iends.” I want people to see “Best F(r)iends” and say what they think about it. I’m just one person. Move on, next question.

Do you feel you’ve become a better actor in the last 15 years? Do you feel like you’ve picked up some skills you didn’t have before?

This is good question. I commend you for it. I would say the most skills you have, the better. If I could talk to all the actors in the world, I personally think people would be with me. It’s a process of learning. Anytime you have new project, I always learn something. So, to answer your question, absolutely. Acting is very complex. It’s not easy to do it, as you probably know. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Move on, next question.

Why do you think you and Greg work so well together? What makes you good collaborators?

Ah, that’s good question, too. I cannot give you all the secrets. Move on, next question.

I recently saw your audition where you play the Joker. If someone gave you the opportunity to play an iconic character like that, would you take that chance?

Thank you for that question. The answer is yes. Absolutely. I’m ready. The question is, are they ready for Tommy Wiseau? But back to your question about collaboration. We have a lot of good chemistry between me and Greg. Sometimes it’s difficult to work with actors. It’s not easy. OK, two more minutes, two more questions.

Would you ever want to sit down and try writing another script for a feature film?

I have two scripts on my desk that are completed. One of them called “Vampire from Alcatraz.” The other one, I can’t tell you right now, but the answer is yes.

Do you feel like you are part of Hollywood now? Do you feel like you are part of that world?

That’s a good question. I tell you, you have very good questions. Uh, you know, let other people decide. You can ask other people. I am very respectful to studio system and I think they are very respectful towards us. That’s all I can tell you.

For those people who have never seen “The Room,” would you recommend it?

I am very respectful person towards everybody. In the past two years, we are very happy with all the media. We had really good positive reaction. Let me stress, I don’t talk only about positive reaction. There’s nothing wrong when people say, “Hey, I don’t like ‘The Room.’” I like when people are sincere. I always encourage people to see “The Room” and see what you think about it and give us a good critique. Negative is OK, too.

Were you disappointed James Franco didn’t end up getting an Oscar nomination for portraying you in “The Disaster Artist?”

It’s not for me to decide if he should get it. I think recognition has been done to “The Disaster Artist” as well to “The Room” global-wide. “The Disaster Artist” was very successful, and it keeps going. You shouldn’t expect too much. It’s not nice to criticize because he didn’t get it. It would be nice to get recognition, of course. That’s given. That’s what we work for – to be recognized. But I think if you give a message to people and people love you for it, I think it’s more important than recognition as far as I’m concerned.

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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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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Ep. 97 – Beauty and the Beast, Kong: Skull Island, and our full SXSW recap

March 20, 2017 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review “Beauty and the Beast,” circle back to pick up “Kong: Skull Island” from last week, and give their full SXSW recap, including quick reviews of “The Disaster Artist,” “Baby Driver,” and “Mr. Roosevelt.”

[00:00-42:53] Intro/SXSW recap

[42:53-56:37] Review: “Beauty and the Beast”

[56:37-1:06:30] Review: “Kong: Skull Island”

[1:06:30-1:10:20] Wrap up/tease

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SXSW Review: The Disaster Artist

March 14, 2017 by  
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“The Disaster Artist,” a comedy documenting the creation of the cult-classic film “The Room,” often called “the worst movie ever made,” received a standing ovation from a crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, where the film screened for South By Southwest as a work in progress.

Director and star James Franco, who plays the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, was on hand along with producing partner Seth Rogen (who has a role as an exasperated script supervisor in the film) and Franco’s brother Dave, who plays Wiseau’s best friend and “The Room” co-star Greg Sestero.

(The actual Tommy Wiseau an Greg Sestero were in attendance as well, receiving a standing ovation themselves as they took the stage for a post-show Q&A.)

The film, based on the book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever” by Sestero and Tom Bissell, chronicles the meeting of Wiseau, a mysterious man with an inscrutable accent and long black hair who looks much older than he says he is, and Greg, a fresh-faced 19-year-old struggling to make it as an actor 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 (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,” 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,” still technically not complete and a little scraggly in the middle, will play to a crowd that isn’t familiar with “The Room” and all of its foibles. The audience at SXSW was certainly made up of devotees (myself included), loudly cheering and laughing at every recreated line and situation (the original film screened right after the Q&A wrapped up…I didn’t stay for that).

Regardless, “The Disaster Artist” is delightfully hilarious and, like the inimitable Tommy Wiseau, has genuine heart.

Bonus Ep. 11 – The Return of Kevin Murphy & Tommy Wiseau

January 22, 2016 by  
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In this bonus episode of The CineSnob Podcast, Jerrod once again talks with Kevin Murphy of RiffTrax and Tommy Wiseau, director and star of “The Room” on their collaboration, RiffTrax Live: The Room, which premiered in 2015 and is returning to theaters on January 28 as part of the Best of RiffTrax series.

Jerrod also has a longer conversation with Tommy about the film version of the Greg Sestero memoir “The Disaster Artist” starring and directed by James Franco and his thoughts on the film vs. digital debate.

To get your tickets to The Best of RiffTrax Live: The Room, visit RiffTrax.com.

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Ep. 44 – Ex Machina, The Age of Adaline, Kung Fu Killer, Adult Beginners, Jared Leto’s Joker, and a wrap up of all our events of the past week

April 26, 2015 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Ex Machina,” “The Age of Adaline,” “Kung Fu Killer,” and “Adult Beginners.” They also discuss Jared Leto and David Ayer’s version of The Joker for “Suicide Squad” and recap their last week of movie-related events.

[0:00-19:19] Intro, Tommy Wiseau talk and Alamo Drafthouse events recap
[19:19-28:08] Jared Leto and David Ayer’s Joker for Suicide Squad officially revealed
[28:08-47:22] Ex Machina
[47:22-59:09] The Age of Adaline
[59:09-1:07:47] Kung Fu Killer
[1:07:47-1:19:15] Adult Beginners
[1:19:15-1:27:45] Teases for next week, giveaways and close

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Bonus Ep. 6 – Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy & Bill Corbett of RiffTrax and Tommy Wiseau, writer/director/producer/actor of “The Room”

April 23, 2015 by  
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In this special bonus episode of The CineSnob Podcast, CineSnob.net’s Jerrod Kingery speaks not only with Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy & Bill Corbett from RiffTrax about their upcoming live riffing of the infamous film “The Room,” but also with the enigmatic writer/director/producer/star of “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau. The RiffTrax show will be beamed live to theaters in the United States and Canada on May 6, 2015 with an encore screening on May 12th.

To purchase tickets to see “The Room” riffed LIVE in theaters by RiffTrax on Wednesday, May 6, click here: http://riff.me/RoomTickets or visit RiffTraxLive.com.

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Tommy Wiseau – The Room

April 22, 2015 by  
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After my interview with Mike, Kevin, and Bill from RiffTrax last week, I received the rare opportunity to travel to downtown Los Angeles for an interview with the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, writer/producer/director/star of the cult classic “The Room” to talk about the film ahead of the RiffTrax show beamed live to theaters in the United States and Canada on May 6, 2015. We also talked about Tommy’s new sitcom running on Hulu, “The Neighbors.”

To purchase tickets to see “The Room” riffed LIVE in theaters by RiffTrax on Wednesday, May 6, click here: http://riff.me/RoomTickets or visit RiffTraxLive.com.

Special thanks to Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett and Jeff Whitton at RiffTrax for making this happen, to Greg Sestero for his guidance, Norm Harper for shooting it, and Jonathan Walton for giving us a great place to shoot.