Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’ Is The ‘Citizen Kane’ of James Franco Movies

The Disaster Artist is a show biz tale about the making of The Room, which is the worst movie ever made. Its absolute inept storytelling and abysmal acting has earned it with the distinction of being the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Director/actor James Franco turns that seeming dishonor into a much more sublime journey of friendship and perseverance.

Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is a struggling actor who is immediately captivated by Tommy Wiseau’s (James Franco) passionate yet absolutely out there performance during acting class. Wiseau beats to the tune of a different drummer, and Sestero is immediately captivated by his spontaneous friend (the pair drive to the spot where James Dean was killed during the dead of night). This bond eventually leads them to Los Angeles where they pursue their thespian dreams (Sharon Stone has a brief cameo as Sestero’s agent).

Seeing Sestero’s frustration over the lack of opportunities coming his way, Wiseau decides to write a screenplay that will be toplined by both of them, thus leading into the formation of The Room. Armed with an impressively solvent bank account, Wiseau is determined to make a film that spotlights their mutual artistry.

Other filmmakers would have taken this true story (it’s based on Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made) and turned it into a biting satire on the vagaries of movie making. Another storytelling approach would probably focus on Sestero and Wiseau’s lack of talent, humorously mocking them for their failed film.

But Franco has deeper things on his mind, and he turns The Disaster Artist into a surprisingly evocative look at an unlikely friendship that can weather the harshest of storms. A substantial portion of the narrative centers on the making of The Room, and it’s filled with very funny moments with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Ari Graynor, and Josh Hutcherson, just to name a few. Watching the cast and crew try their honest best to make The Room a good film, even with the well meaning but ultimately egomaniacal Wiseau controlling all aspects of production, is must see viewing that will garner its share of attention.

The emotional anchor of the film rests on the chemistry between the Francos, as their affection for each other immediately pulls us into Sestero and Wiseau’s friendship. When their movie finally premieres to an unsuspecting audience, and the laughter unfurls, we hope these buddies find a way out of this ridicule, and without giving too much away, they both learn to appreciate The Room in an entirely different light.

Franco’s diverse talents as a novelist, teacher, director, and actor have also been criticized over the years, and it’s easy to see why he sees a bit of a kinship with Wiseau. Both men are passionate about creating projects with the ones they love, and one would assume he poured his heart and soul into The Disaster Artist. Though it may not be considered the worst movie of all time, The Disaster Room is definitely the Citizen Kane of James Franco movies and one of my favorite films of 2017.

The Disaster Artist, co-staring Alison Brie and Jackie Weaver, opens nationwide today.

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James Franco Bares Tommy Wiseau’s Acting Soul In ‘The Disaster Artist’ Trailer

DA_010816_00097.dngIt was back in 2001 when James Franco proved that he could fully immerse himself into a role with James Dean, and now he’s getting rave reviews as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.

Film enthusiasts know Wiseau as the filmmaker and actor behind 2003’s The Room, a cult flick that has been called the “Citizen Kane of bad films”). The latest trailer of The Disaster Artist begins Wiseau getting ready to perform in front of his acting class and ultimately befriending Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), his co-star from The Room. With tons of critical acclaim, The Disaster Artist should be remembered come awards time.

Directed by James Franco, The Disaster Artist co-stars Alison Brie and opens in limited release December 1 (and nationwide the following week). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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James Franco: ‘The Deuce’ A Time-Warped View Of NYC

NUP_179837_0015.jpgTo capture the correct look for HBO’s gritty drama The Deuce, the producers went to great pains to recreate the solemn, seedy-looking streets of New York City’s infamous porn community back in the 1970s. James Franco, who stars in and produces the show, is also directing episodes, and he told us they’ve been obsessive about finding ways of making today’s Big Apple look like it did back then. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Franco)

The Deuce airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on HBO.

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James Franco: ‘Deuce’ Is Wild Because It Was Real

HBO has been home to several of the most innovative and influential dramas on TV, including series like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Westworld. So expectations are high for The Deuce, starring and produced by Oscar-nominated actors James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The show, which chronicles the legalization and rise of New York City’s porn industry in the 1970s, promises to be a gritty and realistic take on the subject, not shying away from the rampant violence and drug use that were part of the scene.

Franco actually plays two characters — twin brothers — on the show. They’re based on real people, and Franco told us that it was the colorful stories told by one of the brothers that lend a lot of authenticity to the project. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Franco)

The Deuce airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on HBO.

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Josh Duhamel Taps Reality TV’s Dark Side In “The Show”

theshow4Breaking Bad vet Giancarlo Esposito takes on directing duties and co-stars in the upcoming feature The Show, a thriller that explores the dark side of reality television. For the project Esposito has enlisted a solid ensemble cast (Josh Duhamel, Famke Janssen, James Franco, Sarah Wayne Callies, Caitlin Fitzgerald) to anchor his narrative.

The story centers on Adam Rogers (Duhamel), a TV host who collaborates with a ratings obsessed network executive (Janssen) to create a new program which features a live death every week. Esposito co-stars as the janitor who joins “the show” as a last ditch attempt to ensure his family’s survival.

Movies like Network and more recently Money Monster explore the far reaching effects media has on our own lives, and though The Show seems to have pure thriller elements, having an insightful artist like Esposito behind the helm should elevate the material.

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

The Show hits theaters and On Demand September 15.

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