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The Disaster Artist

12.03.2017 · Posted in blog

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Spider-man. So they’ll know what it means when I say I was about as excited to see The Disaster Artist as I was to see Spider-Man: Homecoming. I hummed the theme music to The Room on the way to the theater and saw it with a veritable Tommy army who applauded at every reference to The Room.

The Disaster Artist delivers the goods. At surface, one could enjoy it with the same train wreck fascination with which one would view The Room itself, and they would get their money’s worth. But more than that, it is a story of undaunted ambition, undying creative spirit, and the unlikely friendship that survived it all.

A few years ago, I made the somewhat scary leap from full time teacher to full time teaching artist. I’ve risen and fallen and gotten back up, sometimes swimming in gigs and grants, other times wondering from whence rent money would come from. But the most ironic aspect is that I left teaching partly so that I could make more art, only to feel at times as if I spend more time making connections, making appearances, making curricula, and trying like hell to make money than I actually spend making art. I miss my Voice: that visceral combination of creative vision and passionate desire to get my ideas out there which fueled me over the years to produce two books of poetry, a dozen albums/mixtapes, and a number of video and film projects. And that’s what moves me about The Disaster Artist. This movie captures that spirit. It reminds me why I create, why I put myself out there, why it matters, why I have to.

Sure, what Tommy Wiseau (my fellow “New Orleanian” . . ha, ha) actually ended up creating was quite possibly the worst movie ever. But it’s his. He saw it through to the end. He put it out there. No one can take that away from him. And “by the way” (as Tommy might say), in the process he earned a legion of fans who may not revere his film for the reasons he’d hoped, but who sure do re-watch and share the magic of his movie more than, as one cameoing cultural critic put it, “whatever film won the Oscar that year.”

My favorite quote about The Disaster Artist is that it “is at its heart a tribute to those who dream so big and fail so spectacularly that they actually triumph.” (Jada Yuan for Vulture) The film currently has a 96% Rotten Tomatoes rating. (In fact, the only negative reviews of it that I’ve seen were both written by the same person, whose reviews came off as if he was a straight up Franco hater.) Rumor has it this film is generating “Oscar buzz.” There would be no Disaster Artist without The Room, which means that if The Disaster Artist wins an Oscar, Tommy Wiseau (however indirectly) will have created an Oscar-winning film. Which was his dream all along.

Maybe it truly is Tommy’s Planet.

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