The Disaster Artist
Cast: james franco, dave franco, seth rogen, alison brie
director: james franco (the sound and the fury)
why it’s exceptional: there are not any 1/2-measures with tommy wiseau, the failed actor/mystery millionaire at the back of the notoriously awful cult drama the room, and there aren't any 1/2-measures within the disaster artist, james franco's dramatic telling of the film's weird backstory. Franco is going full daniel-day-lewis to end up wiseau, who latched onto his younger, acting classmate greg sestero (dave franco) and drove them both to the hell of inert, overproduced, melodramatic movie-making.
The arc of this movie is jaw-losing: when franco's wiseau rolls up to l. A. For the first time, he unloads motivational-poster know-how; while he arrives at the room set for day 1, he mutates into a hybrid of masochistic hitchcock and coked-out ozzy osbourne; after his fallout with greg, wiseau takes on the mannerisms of a 6-year-antique. Most of the time we're guffawing (perhaps too much, to be sincere). However authentic to franco, who exists on the fringes of mainstream (and has now come underneath fire over allegations of sexual misconduct), his take on wiseau is a stark lampoon that defies each possible convention. "you are tearing me apart, lisa!" has never felt so... Terrifying. Oscar nominations: high-quality tailored screenplay