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Why is “The Room” so addicting?


The first time I saw “The Room” was when I started dating my boyfriend in 2016.  Surprisingly I never heard of the movie before.  I wasn’t paying that much attention to it at first, but after a few minutes into the movie, I couldn’t look away.  Why?  What makes “The Room” so enticing?

Tommy the room

First of all, the movie is supposed to be serious.  The director (and he was basically everything else) of the movie, Tommy Wiseau, made the movie in hopes of getting an Oscar nomination.  So many movies try so hard to be funny, but they end up being super lame.  “The Room” wasn’t trying to be funny at all.  Hence why its outlandish attempts at seriousness turned into humor.

Secondly, “Oh hai Mark!”  Need I say more?  And what’s with the football obsession?

Oh hai mark

Another epic quote was when Claudette told Lisa that “I definitely have breast cancer!”  With Lisa’s retaliation of:  “Don’t worry about it.  They’re curing people every day!”  The topic is then dropped for the entire movie, because Tommy wanted to make Johnny’s dilemma the only big deal in the movie.

I definitely have breast cancer

All of the goofs in the movie are so obvious and give it even more of a humorous feel.

For me, one of the most hilarious parts of the movie was simply that Tommy Wiseau was at least 20 years older than the other characters (with the exceptions of Claudette and Peter).  What the hell was a man in his mid-40s doing hanging out with people in their 20s?  That’s hilarious!  Of course it happens in real life on occasion, but in a movie?  That’s so unmovie-like.  I’m in my 20s and I can’t imagine having a best friend who’s almost 50.

old tommy

                There are so many random characters in the movie, and we have no clue what their backstories are.  They also always meet in Tommy’s apartment whether he’s there or not.  For example, our first intro to “Mike” and “Michelle” involved her giving Mike a blowjob in Tommy’s apartment when no one was home.  And Johnny loved it when Mike told him the story.

Another monumental thing is that “The Room” is probably one of the only movies (other than pornos) to have 3 sex scenes in the first 30 minutes of the movie.  We’re not even introduced to the characters, yet they are having sex before we even know what the hell the movie is about!

how is your sex life

I can go on and on and on, because there are so many reasons why “The Room” gets the audience hooked.  I can watch this movie over and over again without ever getting bored.  My boyfriend and I see “The Room” at the movie theater every month when it plays at our local theater and we love throwing spoons at the movie screen (another amazing and unique thing about the movie).  Anyways, these are just some of the reasons why “The Room” is a huge phenomenon worth watching but not to be taken seriously.

the room in theaters

 

What Happened to the Sex and the City Girls?


Sex and the City

Let’s start with my favorite character:  Samantha

Who can forget her dirty quips and hilarious take on sex?  Samantha had so much fun with her sexuality and wasn’t the typical woman with relationships.  In my opinion, she made the show.  Unfortunately, Kim Cattrall recently confirmed that she doesn’t want to play Samantha in the future.  Many fans (including me) were very disappointed about this.  But I can’t blame her for wanting to move on.  Currently, she is filming a show called Tell Me A Story, and from what I read about it, it seems like it’s going to be awesome!  It takes the beloved fairytales The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk and gives them a dark and murderous twist.  According to her Instagram, the filming for this show started July 16, 2018.  A release date hasn’t been set yet, but I’m definitely going to check it out when it’s released.  Good luck on the show Kim!

And check out her Instagram:  @kimcattrall

Samantha

Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon) was the tough-love type in Sex and the City.  She was a lover and a fighter.  Her relationship with Steve gave us hope that even when things aren’t working out the greatest in a relationship, love defeats all.  Now, Cynthia Nixon is running for governor of New York.  Her democratic platform involves lessening racism and homophobia.  Even though we have come so far in making things equal for all, there is still so much more progress that needs to occur.  I watch a lot of her speeches, and she seems like she would really help the state out.

And check out her Instagram:  @cynthiaenixon

cynthia

Carrie (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) knew her true love was Mr. Big.  He sure wasn’t easy to get to, though.  He broke her heart so many times in the show, but she kept trying because she couldn’t imagine her life with anyone else.  Now Sarah Jessica is in a show called Divorce.  It’s (obviously) about a couple who have gotten divorced and all the obstacles they encounter in the process.  To me, she’ll always be Carrie Bradshaw.  But that’s good that she keeps on trucking with her acting career.

And check out her Instagram:  @sarahjessicaparker

Divorce show

And last but not least Charlotte (played by Kristin Davis):  Charlotte was the hopeless romantic in the show.  She was the polar opposite of Samantha.  Her first husband, Trey, was a total disappointment unfortunately.  Her second husband, Harry, treated her like the princess she was.  Now Kristin is doing a wonderful deed by trying to prevent the poaching of the endangered species the elephant.  She’s a huge animal rights activist, and is taking a break from acting to pursue her love of animals.

And check out her Instagram:  @iamkristindavis

elephant

Why is heroin use such an epidemic?


Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs available today and more than 27,000 people die from it every year.  The reason that heroin is so popular is because it is an opiate, like painkillers, but it is much cheaper and stronger.  Because of this, many painkiller addicts move from painkillers to heroin.

heroin needle

A big drug that started the painkiller problem was Oxycontin. According to advertisements when the drug came out, “Oxycontin is one of America’s new prescription wonder drugs” (Cohen & Gaviria, 2016).  The advertisements strategically pushed the drug which would make people want the drug for their pain and for doctors to prescribe it.  “We went from a country who used almost no opiate painkillers (like in the 50s and 60s) to being a country where we used 83% of the world’s Oxycodone and almost 98% of the world’s Hydrocodone” said Sam Quinones (Cohen & Gaviria, 2016).

oxycontin

Doctor Nora Volkow used a metaphor of drug abuse as “Driving a car without brakes.  You may very well want to stop.  If you do not have brakes, you will not be able to do it” (Cohen & Gaviria, 2016).  It also damages the frontal cortex of the brain the more a person abuses drugs.

car without brakes

I agree with what Mikel Kowalcyk said on the video about drug use.  She said “People are going to use drugs.  Let’s make it safe for them to use drugs until they’re ready to do something different”  (Cohen & Gaviria, 2016).  I believe that reverse psychology has a big effect on people doing drugs.  The more you tell someone “No”, the more they have an inner inclination to want to do things.  If there are treatments to avoid drug withdrawals, such as Methadone clinics, it is easier for drug users to get off their drug of choice.

Methadone clinic

In my opinion, people probably use drugs to have an escape from reality since living in the world today is very rough.  The people with rough family lives seem to be more prone to drug addiction.  Even so, there are also people who had wonderful childhoods and high potential that get addicted to drugs.  This is such a pity.  Drug addiction is an epidemic in the United States and I think the best way to treat it is with kindness and understanding.  The more a person is punished, the harder it will be for them to stop abusing drugs.

escape from reality

 

Reference

Cohen, W. (Producer), & Gaviria, M. (Director). (2016, February 23).  Frontline “Chasing Heroin” [Video file].  United States: Public Broadcasting Service.  Retrieved March 19, 2018, from https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/chasing-heroin/