Highly Suspect Reviews: The Disaster Artist

Published by Chris Cox on


The Room is one of those weird cultural things. This movie, a truly game-changing terrible film on an Ed Wood sea-change level, has been an anomaly since it was first discovered by midnight movie crowds. How did it even get made? Who is this Tommy Wiseau weirdo who wrote/directed/produced/starred in the thing? Weirdo is the central question and I’m not sure that James Franco’s The Disaster Artist will answer all of your questions about Wiseau or the movie it purports to show the making of. But it will damn sure entertain the HELL out of you. Don’t just listen to me, trust our full podcast critic group on this one: Chris, Zach, Mike, and Dragonball Mike (he’s going to regret ever telling us it was ok to nickname him that).

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Chris Cox

Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.