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My musings after re-watching Sharknado 2:
What separates a good movie from a bad movie, when you really get down to it? Well, lots of things. Duh.
But today is my one day off a week, so I've been watching lots of Rifftrax movies and shorts. I watched Rifftrax Live: Sharknado 2 and followed it with Rifftrax Live: Night of the Living Dead.
One movie is pure crap, the other is fantastic not-crap. But looking at it critically, one thing that really stood out to me is the use of FORESHADOWING.
In Sharknado 2, there is an odd scene early in the movie where Michael Strahan compliments Kelly Ripa's new heels. The camera then pans down for a close-up of Kelly's shoes. A viewer can't help but notice an unexplained bruise on her leg the make-up staff apparently didn't even try to cover up, and the director was too lazy to film Ripa from the other angle. (Not that there is anything wrong with bruises, but it takes focus away from the heels.)
Towards the end of the movie, the reason for Strahan's throwaway line and the odd shot of the heels comes into play, where Ripa uses the spike of her heel to kill a shark.
That is an example of foreshadowing done badly.
Now, in the good movie, Night of the Living Dead, the brother of one of the characters is messing with his sister by playing an undead type at a graveyard, with the line "I'm coming to get you, Barbara." Not only does the first zombie show up right after, but later you see Barbara's brother in a zombie horde that is stumbling towards her.
This foreshadowing is a good bit less subtle than Kelly Ripa's heels, but it doesn't seem out of place and has an ironic payoff rather than a stupid one.
(Plus, NotLD is in black and white, which every cinema snob knows makes a movie automatically better than a movie in color).
Do you like the Sharknado movies and if so, why?
Seriously funny, but you have been warned.
This is on the Government funded BBC, and it's after 9pm, so.....
One of my wife's thrift store cookbook finds... http://imgur.com/1dFRn0e
Any bad jokes you've written that you want to share?
Try to guess which WiTs (Watch-it-Together ep's) will be selected in the upcoming WiT's for this week. Guess by movie, actor, genre, season, whatever feels lucky! When you guess right, show your friends and family to prove how great you are. Gambling prohibited!
So, in the upcoming week, I can practically GUARANTEE Joe Don Baker will show up in one form or another in the WiT. Prepare to be shocked, amazed, and horrified!
When "Pompous windbag" isn't enough... who's the biggest asshole in an MST3K episode?
I made this
I hate commercials. I'll start with that, but I've seen some commercials that really get to me...as in they're so touching they actually make me a little misty. Here are three examples.
USPS: A little boy makes paper airplanes with letters written on them and throws them over the fence, hoping they'll get to his dad in the Army. His neighbor finds them, mails them to the boy's dad. Then, he gets paper airplanes back from the boy's dad and throws them over the fence for the little boy.
Subaru (They lived.): A car is totaled. The police says to the tow truck guy, "They lived." The tow truck guy takes the car to the junk yard. He says, "They lived." A person at the junk yard to another guy who's going to smash the car, "They lived." Then, a family comes running out of a house to a new Subaru. The fafher says, "We lived."
Whirlpool: A single dad in voiceover is talking about how he's far from perfect and he gets a lot of things wrong in raising his son. We see him making cookies (burning the first batch), doing laundry, making lunches, and we see his son reading notes from his dad every day at school. Then, the voiceover says, "I just hope I'm getting something right." We see the dad opening a note from his son that says, "I love you, Dad."
I feel totally manipulated, but they're such feel-good ads that I don't even care. I much prefer these to the ads that have people being idiots. :)
I just checked my RiffTrax library, and there were 10 free shorts dropped on my runway, which I have just finished downloading. Hi-keeba!
Who's the most pompous windbag in an MST3K movie?
Our cup runneth over! Peter 'Pink Boy' Harrington from 'Time Chasers' in an audio interview: http://www.fatguysatthemovies.com/interview-with-peter-harrington-from-time-chasers/
Awaiting your questions....
Time Chasers director and Edgewood Studios founder David Giancola visited Local 44 News This Morning to talk about MST3K's impact on Time Chasers, next week's event and Edgewood Studios' progress: http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/rutland-made-cult-classic-returns-to-theaters
So, the sousaphone just got back from the repair shop so I could use it in marching band and the first thing I tried to play was the tuba line to "Toobular Boobular Joy." More like "Tubalar" Boobular joy!
...how did it get there?
So I would like hear about times when you were watching an experiment for the first time and you thought of a riff just before they said it.... I remember the first time it happened to me was the beginning of Time Chasers when Nick says "Hey Morty..." and I thought to myself he sounded just like Richard Dreyfus... that thought had just formed when Servo quips "... tell me to stop acting like Richard Dreyfus"
Another example was when Rowsdower is discussing with Troy how to get the truck started and says "when I turn it over, floor her" and I thought "wow, he sounds just like Dan Aykroyd" and someone says 'this line courtesy of Dan aykroyd" or something like that. I remember both of those instances as being supremely satisfying because I thought of the same riff as the guys! Has this happened to anyone else?
Now you must decide! Which MST movie would make the best BAND name? (Of course, you can use characters, fav. riffs, etc. to create a musical setting to your liking as well.)
- "I Accuse My Parents" or "Danger! Death Ray" for a rock/punk band
-"The Swingin' Torgos" for an awesome ironic Torgo-theme dance hall group
-and last, I plan to become an annoying white rapper that insists on being called "Double 007". Wish me luck!
I don't know if this has been mentioned on here before, but I just happened upon a link to this series, starring Mary Jo Pehl and Trace Beaulieu http://www.renfest.tv/#home
No animosity here...except for maybe from Torgo. Speaking of that, I need to call him....I ordered my pizza ten days ago!
Whoa... I don't lurk for a couple of days and I come back to a lot of passive aggression and snark? Whatever happened to them good 'ol days? Sounds like we need to start over with that classic staple, the Robot Roll Call. Now, everyone hold hands... and I'll start:
Just to lighten the mood about politics in my favorite way: MST! Please, don't tell me I'm the only one thinking this XD https://snag.gy/f6UQZw.jpg
Since MST3k ended, a lot of riffing groups have popped up. What are your favorites? Personally, I think The Turkey Shoot with Scott Zee is the besting riffing out there right now.
Hi! I'm Tracy from QuipTracks. We've been riffing for ten years now, since before Rifftrax existed, and we've just released our 23rd full-length riff: Jumper! If any movie deserved the QuipTracks treatment, it's this sack of garbage. Rifftrax may be abandoning their riffs of current movies, but it's QuipTracks' bread and butter.
Anyone got or can suggest a nice image for a MSTie for an iphone's wallpaper? I've been rolling with Daft Punk for awhile but I thought I'd try mixing it up a little.
I don't think people here like the things I have to say. Because I do not wish to wear the crown, I am now abdicating my throne as Drama King.
Now, with one last misuse of my power, I shall abscond with the royal treasury and take a respite from this web fiefdom. A lesser Hawaiian island sounds nice. Maybe see ya later, homies.
Watched the original Godzilla today, the Japanese version without Raymond Burr. It was not a bad movie, with more credible special effects than the knock-off films that followed. It represented a Japan that was already thoroughly westernized. Had an obvious anti-nuke message (it was 1954 Japan, after all), but their means of putting the big boy down was with another WMD developed through science (not a giant turtle). So was Godzilla a warning against further nuclear activity as stated? Or did thunder thighs actually represent Imperial Japan, and were the filmmakers saying that regime had to be nuked? You make the call.
Guess which mst3k movie I think of whenever I reach for the knob on my stove?
So, how 'bout that reunion show? I plan to go see it in some random theatre near my location. It only happens once in a lifetime, so it's worth it imo.
Everything is always loud! All the time! He really does hold you down and pummel you with music. Please tell me he did things that weren't completely awful?