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The Disaster Artist 

by Greg Sestero and Tim Bissell (Simon and Schuster)


Fans of cult hit The Room in all its rose petal-strewn, surreal glory, would do well to dive into actor Greg "Oh, Hi, Mark" Sestero's mind-boggling and hilarious account of the making of, and his bizarre and intense friendship with broken man/impossible puzzle/The Room director Tommy Wiseau. It certainly helps to have seen the movie first (and if you haven't, by all means, get on that), but the bewildering stories of Sestero's odd interactions with Wiseau can stand alone. Nearly every two pages produces gut-busting laughs and involuntary eruptions of "what the?" Sestero draws thematic comparisons from films The Talented Mr. Ripley and Sunset Boulevard to give his tale a tragic vibe, but the goofy, unpredictable and alien behaviour of Wiseau keep the baffling times rolling. A wonderful look at one of the strangest characters of our time and the weirdest shitshow of a film in recent memory.

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