As much as I love watching award winning movies on Netflix, I take a special pleasure in watching some of the movies that can only be described as being complete and utter crap. There is just something about them that brings a sparkle to my eye. A personal favourite of mine is The Room written, directed, produced and starring Tommy Wiseau.
This movie truly does not make any sense, and has some of the most unnatural dialogue that it makes me question as to whether or not Tommy Wiseau is even human. I still don’t think he is. The most puzzling thing about this movie for me is how during the entire process of making the film did no one stop Tommy and ask him what the heck he was doing or for any of the other actors and actresses to talk to him about the terrible script in front of them. How did no one catch the huge continuity errors and unnatural story arches? Then I remembered that Tommy wrote, directed and produced it himself. Without another set of eyes from a production standpoint, how was he supposed to know?
I mean, Tommy just made the same mistakes that tons of us make on a regular basis, whether it is writing a paper or even writing a blog post; we often don’t look to other people to critique our work and edit it when we should. Taylor Mali, a teacher and poet, does a great job showing why editing is so important, and how one small mistake can completely change your paper’s meaning and make it even laughable.
Every time I come across a crappy movie I think of my own work, and how important it is for me to read it over, even just once. Getting a fresh set of eyes on a piece of work will bring out mistakes that you can’t see with your own eyes. I know that I can’t pick out mistakes in my own work and often get my friends and family to read it over a number of times before I submit it. As nerdy and keener as it may sound, I have had nightmares of professors handing back my papers riddled with mistakes and I can see more red pen on the page than there are typed words.
I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t be a Tommy. Let Tommy be Tommy. If your name is Tommy and you’re reading this, still be a Tommy, just try to be a better one. If your goal is to make your paper into a literary version of The Room than by all means go for it, but no one wants to write a paper of that poor quality. I don’t even think Tommy Wiseau does.