The Disaster Artist
First screened in December 2017
Director: James Franco. Cast: Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Paul Scheer, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, June Diane Raphael, Megan Mullally, Jason Mantzoukas, Melanie Griffith, Andrew Santino, Nathan Fielder, Joe Mande, Sharon Stone, John Early, Hannibal Buress, Charlyne Yi, Jessie Hannah Ennis, Peter Gilroy, Lauren Ash, J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow, Ike Barinholtz, Kristen Bell, Zach Braff, Lizzy Caplan, Jerrod Carmichael, Zoey Deutch, Dree Hemingway, Keegan-Michael Key, Danny McBride, Randall Park, Xosha Roquemore, Adam Scott, Kevin Smith, Casey Wilson, Tommy Wiseau. Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside 'The Room,' the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell).

Twitter Capsule: Like a supercut of Andy Samberg doing the same loopy, shaky, deadpan impression of someone, with no clear goal.

Second Capsule: The Disaster Artist would immediately improve if the whole film followed either Melanie Griffith's acting teacher or Sharon Stone's agent.

VOR:   One of the year's most bizarrely overrated films, hawking a love letter to dumb, misogynist kitsch with most familiar meta-tactics and sanded edges.

Photo © 2017 A24/Good Universe/Point Grey Pictures
RabbitBandini Productions/Ramona Films/RatPac-Dune

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Adapted Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): James Franco

Other Awards:
National Board of Review: Best Adapted Screenplay

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