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Rifftrax Live: The Room
Fathom Events // Unrated // May 6, 2015
List Price: Unknown [Buy now and save at Fathomevents]
What is better than the Rifftrax
group making fun of a bad movie? The guys tearing into a really,
really, bad movie. For their latest Rifftrax Live event
beamed into theaters across the US and Canada thanks to Fandango,
the trio took on "the Citizen Kane of bad movies:" The
Room. The film has gained cult status among connoisseurs of
horrible cinema, and though the film is unintentionally funny on its
own, it is amazing with the riffing. This was one a superb live
performance with some of the best riffing they've done lately (and
that's saying a lot).
For those who aren't familiar with href="http://www.rifftrax.com/">Rifftrax, the group consists
of a trip of Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni: Mike
Nelson, Tom Corbett, and Kevin Murphy. Like MST, they
provide hilarious commentary tracks to movies that can be purchased
from their web site, Rifftrax.com.
(I own several and I haven't regretted a purchase yet. Check 'em
out.) Several times a year they skewer a movie in front of an
audience and present the show, live, in theaters across the country.
This is the best way to enjoy a Rifftrax movie... with a large
number of appreciative fans.
For their first 2015 event they selected the cult classic from 2003,
The Room. For those of you have may not have heard of this
piece of cinematic history, a little background is in order. In 2003
Tommy Wiseau, released this film that he wrote, produced, directed
and stared in. It was his first foray into filmmaking, and the
project took six months to film. It took so long that three actors
quit during the shooting and two cinematographers and their crews
also left. Tommy had trouble remembering his lines too, so
afterwards a lot of the dialog was dubbed in, and dubbed rather
badly too. Add in some amazingly odd dialog ("Leave your stupid
comments in your pocket!" and "As far as I'm concerned, you can drop
off the earth. That's a promise.") and the result is an
astonishingly bad film.
Like Manos, The Hands of Fate, this film feels like it was
created to be riffed. Mike, Tom, and Kevin really stepped up to the
plate and hit one over the fence with this one. After the usual
preshow slides (which weren't the funny this time around... an
oddity as they are often very entertaining) the event started with
the stars of Rifftrax bounding on stage and some good natured joking
around. They opened the show with the last (alas) short from the At
Your Fingertips series. This one, Floats, shows young
children how to make really lame boats out of common objects. I
really enjoyed all of the previous entries in this series, and this
one was fun too. The riffs were funny and well placed. When one kid
takes his time getting a paper sail right, one of the riffers
comments "Like it matters kid. You're playing with garbage." And
when they sail their creations in a backyard: "Above ground pools...
'cause possums gotta drown somewhere."
After that they launched into The Room, and gave it no
mercy. The way too long sex scenes (including one that takes place
on a spiral staircase, of all places) were wonderfully skewered and
that made those hard to watch parts a lot of fun. "Besides being
repulsive, it's kinda technically wrong." Another great, and all too
accurate comment: "The wormy thrusting, that's what really dares
you not to run screaming into the night."
The best parts are reserved for pointing out the many, many, plot
oddities. Characters walk into the film without ever being
introduced, weird things happen for no reason (like two of Lisa's
friends walking into her empty apartment in the middle of the day
and having sex), and seemingly important plot lines are dropped.
Lisa's mother's announces that she has breast cancer, but Lisa
doesn't react at all and it's never mentioned again. Later in the
movie Lisa asks her mom "are you feeling okay?" which causes Bill to
scream "I - HAVE - CANCER!" Another great moment comes when a
character gets an extended close-up after an awkward and pointless
scene in a coffee shop. "What the hell was that? Ah well, no chance
this scene makes it into the movie."
This film had some really strong riffing, and was even better than
the last couple of shows had been (and I enjoyed those). The movie
suited the Rifftrax crew's style perfectly and everything fell into
place to make a really fun evening. Highly Recommended.
Be sure to mark your calendar for other upcoming Rifftrax Live
SHARKNADO 2 - July 9, 16
MIAMI CONNECTION - October 1, 6
SANTA and The ICE CREAM BUNNY - December 3, 15
Tickets can be purchased at Fathom
It looks like fans of bad movies and the guys who make them funny
are in for a great year.