THE ROOM: THE PLAY: THE REVIEW

I had the singularly wonderful experience of catching the Tommy Wiseau-directed The Room play at The AFI Silver Spring theatre and….guys, it was incredible.

Poster is better than this deserves, really.

WHERE TO START? The set itself was very simple, just some chairs and a couch and an IKEA end table identical to one in my living room.  The play got started about 10 minutes late and most of the audience was drinking.

They cut to still photos from the movie for transitions (Golden Gate Bridge, The roof, etc) so we were spared any sex scenes. Right off the bat, Wiseau started fucking up his lines IMMEDIATELY.  Referencing events and thinks that weren’t supposed to happen way later on. That was awesome.

Yep

The cast itself was interesting! I went to college with the guy who played Denny and so that added a surreal element to the proceedings. Everyone seemed like they were having fun. Greg “Mark” Sestero was deliberately half-assing it. They added a new character in the form of Travis, the soulful older black gentleman who romances Lisa’s mom. He was great and sang several songs.

Travis: The Travbest

All in all, it was a really fun afternoon watching a total trainwreck play that made little sense. The audience was loud and rude and it ended with everyone singing happy birthday to an audience member. And, most importantly, I got to take my photo with Greg and Tommy.

Tommy wouldn't flip the bird at the camera. He's a consummate gentleman.

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Episode By Episode: SUPERMAN: TAS (“Livewire”)

Bampa-dah.

Bampa-dah Bampa-dah?

BAMPA-DAH. BAMPA-DAH B-B-BAMPA-DAH?!?!!?

BUM BUM BAH! BUM BUM BUM BAH! BUM BUM BUM BAH! BUM BUM BUM BUM BAH!

S!

We’re back in bizzness, kids.

I now own all of SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD. Each week, I’m going to work my way through the series one episode at a time.  Dig?

Episode: “Livewire″

D-D-D-DANGAH ZOOOONE

What Happens: Local “shock jock” Lori Petty Leslie Willis (Lori Petty) gains ironically appropriate electricity powers, has beef with Our Man Supes, and gets mean mad.

Right?

Thoughts: 

  • Evan “Milk and Cheese” Dorkin co-wrote this episode!
  • Even without the bit where she calls herself “The Queen of All Media”, this episode is “Superman Vs. Lady Howard Stern”
  • Lex’s little smile when Leslie is ripping on Superman is priceless. Lex has gotten the best little moments on this show.
  • Right off the bat, Petty’s really fun here. Her whole morning show spiel is funny and sets the tone for the rest of the episode.
  • I love that EVERYONE IN TOWN is listening to this radio show.
  • The alternating cuts of “Leslie ripping on Superman/Superman saving the day” is a really cool sequence.
  • In keeping with the whole Stern analogue deal, Leslie’s got her own collection of weirdos to exploit?

Baba Booey?

  • Alright, so Leslie gets hit by lightning and gets electricity powers? That’s it? Or is it because the lightning goes through Superman first? Vague.
  • Media doesn’t come off well in this episode, huh?
  • Metropolis has a Times Square too, I guess.
  • Livewire really is a cool Superman villain. Nice gimmick, great character design. Totally makes sense that she made it into the comics, though she’s been criminally underused outside of this show.

A Very Specific Fetish

  • Trying to lasso a woman who can turn into pure energy was a dumb move on your part, Supes.
  • OF COURSE Lex Luthor pays for Livewire’s hospital care.
Overall? 
This episode is good mainly for Lori Petty, I think it’d have been fairly forgettable if they’d gotten a lesser voice talent. But then, that’s one of the real strengths of the DC Animated shows under Dini and Timm, right?

NEXT EPISODE: Speed Demons! It’s got The Flash! I LOVE THE FLASH.

NO TIME FOR SUPER-BLOG, DOCTOR JONES!

Not today atleast. Monday? Let’s shoot for monday. In the meantime, here’s the best solicitation that Mike Sterling somehow missed in this week’s END OF CIVILIZATION post:

Bluewater Press is run by greedy little trolls, so this is a great fit.

LIONSGATE FILMS PRESENTS: LEPRECHAUN TRADE PAPERBACK by BLUEWATER PRESS

“This is the tale of Lubdan, the king and sole survivor of the Leprechaun. The last of the Leprechauns!”

I…yeah, we know? You just told us this?

“A treasure dealer stumbles across his pot of gold and steals it. In this modern age, he finds buyers all over the planet through online auctions.”

Not only is this a great solicitation, it also appears to have been written by a drunk robot.

“MATURE THEMES. SC, 96pgs, B&W………..$15.99”

A BARGAIN

…..

Go pick up CRIMINAL: LAST OF THE INNOCENT #1, guys. Ed Brubaker. Archie analogues. An essay on Encyclopedia Brown. Go get it.

HIVE OF SCUM. A BLUEWATER PRESS BRODUCTION

BLEAGH CAN’T BLOG TV BLEAGH

Yeah. Obviously I didn’t end up blogging like I said I would. Mainly because my day to day’s been weird and I’ve been lazy. NO LONGER. Probably hit you guys up with a new Super-blog Thursday, today let’s take things easy.

So I’ve been watching ALOT of Twilight Zone lately. It’s on Netflix Instant (all but Season 4, actually. Dunno if there’s a rights thing there because the episodes were hour long that season or what.) and it’s just such an insanely easy show to watch in like….5 episode spurts.

BLOG BLOG BLOG YOU ASSHOLE

I’ve always been a huge Twilight Zone fan. Night Gallery too to a lesser extent. Rod Serling’s not only an incredible writer, he’s my favorite TV “personality”. But this is the first time I’ve been able to watch the show in chronological order and it’s been fun being able to do so and notice stuff.

A couple of things:

This show has really aged gracefully, for the most part. Yeah, episodes like “The Obsolete Man” or “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” aren’t, you know, SUBTLE, but it was important that they weren’t.

It’s weird to say, but the Twilight Zone is really moral show? And I can’t think of a show that better reflects what I’d consider my values? There’s a strong humanist bent to Serling’s work and it was and is a pretty progressive show. I can’t even imagine what it must’ve been like watching it when it aired.

That said, they do a good job of balancing the more inspirational/faith in humanity episodes with the “BOY THIS IS SURE A COLD AND UNCARING UNIVERSE WE LIVE IN” ones. And that’s great! I love that this show gives us episodes like “The Fever” or “A Stop At Willoughby” along side “Mr. Dingle, The Strong” or “One For The Angels”. It’s easy to make fun of how this show has what feels like 100 “weird airplane” episodes, but it’s impressive just how many GREAT episodes there are of this show.

Anyway, that’s what I got. If you have Netflix Instant, you really don’t have an excuse to take in a few episodes, Twilight Zone’s a textbook definition of how to do a GREAT anthology series.

Dig?