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Bradford Dillman (1930 – 2018)
Daniel Emerson - 1 day ago
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Bradford Dillman, the narrator in 'The Atomic Brain', passed away on the 16th of January.


Review of, "MST3k: The Return" from a newcomer.
landnclark - 1 day ago
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So I'm a newcomer when it comes to watching two robots and a Gizmonic employee riff over some shlocky movies but after finishing the entire first season on Netflix I can tell this is for me!

I'm 15 years old and MST3k was just something I had always heard talked about but never really looked into when I saw a "return" of it on Netflix I figured this was a good time to jump in. After watching the first episode, Reptilicus in one sitting I knew this was for me. I almost immediately went to watch some of the classic episodes of the show but I figured a perspective of a first-time viewer may be useful for the show to hear so after a couple weeks I have completed the entire first season of the return, here are my thoughts.

THE GOOD

So you know I obviously enjoyed the show but here's why. The riffs are good. It's as simple as that, the riffs range from impersonations, pop culture references, catchy songs, actually clever insights, and all the things you would want to be said over a bad movie. I chuckled many times throughout an episode and none of the episodes seemed to have a dip in quality. My favorite episode though was Cry Wilderness, although that's probably because that's the episode I watched with my brother and had a blast. I also really liked the miniatures, it gave the show a unique style that I'm guessing was essential for the earlier seasons, I'm glad they didn't update that.

THE BAD

Although I really enjoyed the show I did see some things that I felt were detracting from the show, keep in mind that this is my opinion and I am a new fan so... please don't prosecute me. I felt like some of the host segments fell flat, like the crew didn't have a lot of time to rehearse or not enough time to polish it up. The segments that needed the most work were the ones with the mads they never really felt like they weren't saying scripted lines. The segments with the bots and Jonah were pretty good with a few moments that felt off but that can be explained with having to do the whole segment in one take, except when the "movie bubbles" would intervene for a cut but even that happened rarely. Not to keep ragging on the host segments but I also never got the feeling that Jonah was talking directly to the mads when they communicated, there was always a pause before the mads began that felt weird. Another part of the show that I felt was lacking were the celebrity cameos, most felt like they were just thrown in as a small bit and that was it. I enjoyed Mark Hamill though. But I mean, that's Mark Hamill. On a separate note, I never got the strong impression that Jonah didn't like being imprisoned on Moon 13. I think it would have been cool if instead of bypassing the first 2 months of Jonah's imprisonment they started there and maybe he attempted an escape or something it would make him more relatable.

THE UGLY

I only made this heading so that the reference to, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" worked.

But hey that's my opinion! Anyone else who's first MST3k experience was this revival please tell me about it!


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I'm going to try to see Frank and Trace next month at their show in Brooklyn on Thursday January 25th. Anyone else interested? Tickets are $20. themadsareback.com


BIFF! POW! OOF!
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Still working on those interactions. Meanwhile, here's all the fisticuffs from Radar Men From the Moon. Well, the first half, anyway. Enjoy! :D

https://youtu.be/88s3Pn8P0B8


Birdemic
UncleDes - 2 days ago
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Just spent a few hours at one of the Birdemic locations. Anyone interested in learning more?


Happy 70th John!
Jaguar Wong Abides - 6 days ago
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Hmmm...Let's see...I think I'll watch a few of my favorites by him to celebrate...maybe The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China and Starman...


William Allen - 3 days ago
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Clay looks better in a sweater washed in Woolite.


Season 11 + New Video Link Possibilities
Stephen - 15 days ago
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Club MST3k has always been a video embedding site (mostly for Youtube videos) where the community keeps the links up-to-date. With the more official channels making more full episode videos available, it seemed like a good idea to allow links out to those videos, even if they dont allow video embedding. So henceforth, you can add links to episodes from shoutfactorytv.com, mst3k.com, netflix.com, hulu.com, and archive.org

And with that change, it makes sense to add Season 11 episodes, which I shall now do...stand by


Interacting with the Movie
Not everybody is Steve - 8 days ago
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I have a dream. A completely impossible dream of collecting every single moment of Joel (and Mike, to a lesser extent) interacting with the screen in the theater. An entirely impossible task unless I just sat down and watched at least every single Joel episode to search for these moments. Probably not gonna happen. ^_^;

Still, I would like to collect at least some of these moments. So, to that end, I'd like to ask you how many memorable moments you can remember of Joel (or Mike, 'cause he did that twice or something) messing with the movies. Got anything? :D


What type of MSTie are you?
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A) I watch Diabolik
B) I don’t watch Diabolik, too sad
C) I can watch Diabolik since they’re making new eps.
D) I don’t watch Diabolik because it stinks. (cynical)
E) Coogans Law is a slippery downward slope to global Shariah (crazy)


Growing up with Manos
Daniel Emerson - 8 days ago
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Just finished reading Jackey Neyman Jones' book. Definitely recommended. The sheer amount of detail she has collated from her own and other people's memories and documents makes it a very interesting read.

There are some 'what happened next' potted biographies on some of the characters - did you know Diane Mahree once dated Cat Stevens and hung out with the likes if Brigitte Bardot, Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger?

Or that the on-set photographer Anselm Spring discovered the actress Susan Blakely at the same agency that supplied the Master's wives? She went on to specialise (as far as I can tell) in Seventies disaster movies like 'The Towering Inferno' and a couple of the 'Airport' movies.


Anytime's the right time for Waffles!
Zeus-O-Matic - 7 days ago
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOArkrjVoiw
With & without reanimated meat, they're fine vehicles for butter & syrup!


Doc Double Take
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I was reading a recommendation for a documentary called The Amazing Nina Simone, and had a major "WTF" moment. Its director is Jeff L. Lieberman. For a second I thought of our beloved Squirm, but it turns out there's two Jeff Liebermans who make movies. (Whew!) As someone with the same first and last name as a local philanthropist, I can sympathize with their plight. :D


Inside No.9
Daniel Emerson - 6 days ago
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Do our friends on the West side of the Atlantic get to watch this TV series at all? From two of The League of Gentlemen (Trace is a fan), we get a weekly 30-minute show that displays a level of imagination and variety rarely seen in the history of the medium. Maybe it is broadcast on BBC America, or another network has picked up the rights; I don't know.

To illustrate, series/season 4 started this month with a hotel farce written entirely in iambic pentameter, followed it up with a heartbreaking twist on 'The Sunshine Boys' and, tonight, told a twisted tale of murder in reverse chronological order. Rowsdower alone knows what they will do in the remaining programmes.


Micro-budget Movie Magic!
Daniel Emerson - 9 days ago
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Made for $200, 'Who killed Captain Alex?' is Uganda's first action comedy movie. And it is wonderfully, magically insane! This is the work of passionate and fun-loving guys... who know Kung Fu tu, I mean too.
https://youtu.be/KEoGrbKAyKE


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I know NOTHING about Cold Moon 2016 DVD - BUT considering the cast listed including "Starring: Tommy Wiseau, Christopher Lloyd" I know I want to see a RiffTrax version already :p https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BLSpka0VL4


Come on Girls..we've got a Star to Crash!
Jaguar Wong Abides - about 2 months ago
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Since there isn't comment section for Season 11 yet(hint, hint..Stephen) I'm posing this question here: Who's prettier in this movie..Caroline Munro or David Hasslehoff. Caroline is really gorgeous but David was also quite the beauty in his younger days, especially the way they did his make-up, eyebrows and hair for this movie.


William Allen - 14 days ago
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I AM the button...


Hamburger Sammich!
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So what would you get on your Big 'G' Burger?

I'm going with Sampo and Cowboy Mike's Own Original Red Hot Ricochet BBQ Sauce. In extra bold, of course.


Now, the bunny eats Tor and it becomes Night of the Lepus!
Teri Gee - 12 days ago
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Is there something wrong with me that I saw an ad with a cute little bunny in it and the first thing I thought of was the giant killer rabbits in Night of the Lepus?


Frank Zappa Connection
UncleDes - 9 days ago
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It's well known that Frank Zappa loved MST3K. This clip (including many favorites) explains the appeal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzxa49fefq8


To Riff a Musical...
Mr. C Flat (Iguana) - 14 days ago
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Out of all of the musical cheese, which musicals do you think that MST3K could riff from the era of the mediocre movie musical? I know there's plenty out there to choose from! The Popeye film that was a musical is bad, Geppetto, Pete's Dragon, and The Apple deserve justice served!


Season 12 Wishlist
Daniel Emerson - about 2 months ago
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We can but hope, but when the first Netflix season was funded, I expressed a wish that they'd do 'Starcrash'... and they did!

So let's nominate one or more personal favourites that you hope Joel will include.
Road to Revenge (aka Geteven, aka Bullets & Champagne). There's nudity, but it can be edited out without increasing the movie's inherent lack of coherence.
Undefeatable. A Cynthia Rothrock martial arts movie, with a magnificently stupid final showdown.
Something by Neil Breen. Anything by Neil Breen. He'd refuse to let it happen, but a boy can dream, can't he?
Gymkata. This MUST happen!
Ben & Arthur. Hilariously incompetent. The makers could probably do with a few residuals, too.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone. Assuming there are long enough pauses to insert riffs between Molly Ringwald's tirades.


The Princess from 'Deathstalker & the Warriors etc.'
Daniel Emerson - 13 days ago
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...has just been appointed US ambassador to Denmark! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Sands


Go Where The Cheese Is Made: 2017 Edition
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Yes, the state which gave us our first two hosts also gave us the co-hosts of my second-favorite guilty pleasure after this one: The Found Footage Festival. I went with Mr. Smithee to see their live show last week. He went to the swag table later and bought their book. It's simply entitled VHS and collects an amazing assortment of weird, terrible, inexplicable pictures and "relics from the videotape era." One cover in there is of a kiddie film from 1997 called Whiskers. It's about a cat who's turned human by Bast, and you can find a clip on YouTube if you're short of trainwrecks to gawk at this week. (Just search the title plus the year.) Spoiler: it's still not as unbearable as that Lifetime Xmas thing starring Grumpy Cat from a couple of years ago.


Season 11 bubbles
Smokingspoon - 13 days ago
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So I've watched all of the netflix episodes-- it was pretty good! A good ratio of good episodes. 'Some stuff I didn't like, but they were minor.

What really has me wondering, is the video bubbles/kingachrome thing to cover video editing. Doing long takes can be hard for sure, but.... that's a weird shortcut. They were struggling with deadlines maybe? Last minute choice where final scenes were not accepted for whatever reason?


We've been italicized!
Teri Gee - about 1 month ago
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Did you know that referring to slanted type as italic came from the early days of printing, around 1501, when an Italian printer used it instead of the more common Gothic print?

It comes from the Latin word italicus, combined with the -ize ending meaning "to make italic".

(And yes, I realize that this will likely go away fairly quickly.)


Joikah!
Daniel Emerson - about 1 month ago
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VPCPARCAPS
UncleDes - 16 days ago
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The "other vids" section has a lot of good stuff, but if you're looking for NEW old MST3K stuff (you'll see what I mean), I've just found this one: "Vice Presidential Command Performance Academy of Robots' Choice Awards Preview Special"


Season 11??
Smokingspoon - 14 days ago
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Heck yeah! Even if none of the link works and I have netflix, seeing it listed like this suddenly makes me less reluctant to skip Diabolik.
'Seen it once and no more after that.. it just brings me down seeing last episodes of stuff.