SXSW was jam-packed with great discoveries this year, but the big breakout was a comedy celebrating the making of one of the century’s worst movies. Imagine a film made by robots: All the ingredients are there, but the choices seem wrong, from a repellent central romance to the fumbling way characters play football in their spare time. That’s Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room” for ya. Now, in what could arguably be his first real movie as director, James Franco plays Wiseau, all bulked up and wearing a long black wig (all the better for cringingly awkward nude scenes), poking affectionate fun at incompetence run amok. — Peter Debruge
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