East of Eden
Directed by Elia Kazan (1955)
This is the film that paralleled James Dean’s life the closest. He lost his mother when he was eight, and his father sent him away to live with his aunt and uncle in Indiana. No wonder Dean had a deep need to get love from a father at the same time that he was rebelling. In the same way, The Room was Tommy Wiseau’s very personal expression of the way the world had betrayed him.
Directed by Claudio Fragasso (1990)
There are thousands upon thousands of bad movies that we will never watch again. But there is a small circle of bad films that become cult classics because their particular bad- ness sparks with an audience. Troll 2 became such a hit.
Rebel Without A Cause
Directed by Nicholas Ray (1955)
This might be Tommy Wiseau’s favorite film. He quotes James Dean’s most famous line, “You’re tearing me apart!” in his own film, The Room. Except that it took Tommy forty takes to get it right, he kept saying, “You’re TAKING me apart, Lisa!”
In the end, the phenomenon of 'The Room' has allowed me to realize
that, in life, anything is possible. 'The Room' is a drama that is also a
comedy that is also an existential cry for help that is finally a testament
to human endurance. It has made me reconsider what defines artistic
success or failure. If art is expression, can it fail? Is success simply a
matter of what one does with failure? Many of us want to embark on a
creative life and never take the chance—too stifled by our self-awareness or fear to try. All the odds were against Tommy Wiseau becoming a
filmmaker, yet something pushed him to go for it—something powerful
enough to inspire a global phenomenon.
– Greg Sestero