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How Has The Series Helped You?
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Forum - 9 days ago

I found the article about Bridget Nelson inspiring. I have read comments on the old MST3K Usenet group of how the series positively affected some of the posters. I find that laughter is very uplifting and the show was brilliant at providing laughter. Anyone care to share their stories of how it has affected you?


A Guy named TOR
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Forum - 7 days ago

Sold a comic the other day to a Guy named TOR. I guess there's a first for everything. I wanted to ask him if he ever watched MST3K or movies with Tor Johnson but since I didn't know him or if he would be offended..I bit my tongue and kept quiet. Anybody else encounter this dilemma before? Anybody know a Rowsdower or Torgo ;o)


Movie talk!
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Forum - 11 days ago

Off-topic: Seen any movies without bots in front of them lately?

I took the day off from being jobless to watch some movies. Have three short reviews, courtesy of a guy who wishes his job was to review movies.

I started my day with It Comes At Night---I'd seen the positive critic reviews and negative audience reaction on Rotten Tomatoes and wanted to know what's up. The movie was marketed much differently than what it actually was---and while that's a factor, I think there are other reasons the audience hated it. It looks great. It's acted very well, especially the main father and son. It achieved what it sets out to accomplish, which is to make you feel absolutely miserable. It Comes At Night is a slow-burning, frequently boring, psychological horror that wants nothing more than leave its audience feeling despair. It's a bleak, nihilistic film that left an awful taste in my mouth. On a technical level, it was a good movie, hence the critical reception. But I left the movie feeling like nothing was worth anything.

To get the taste out of my mouth, I looked at the marquee. Wonder Woman was the next film I'd watch that was playing. I had major trepidations about it---despite positive reception to it, it was still as DC movie. As a fan of DC comics, their current franchise (starting with Man of Steel) has left me extremely unhappy. Man of Steel and Batman v Superman were epic---in terms of of how much I hated them. I won't get into that, but I will say that I had no hope for Wonder Woman going it. That changed quickly, and, except for some really awful CGI, I loved WW. It did her source material and character justice, (which is something I can't say for my favorite guy, Superman, in his recent movies). While WW had bits of Zack Snyder influence, like the poor CGI action (and a very questionable story credit), this movie had a very different feel to it than previous DC entries. It was brighter, more cheerful, with a lead you could root for. Gal Godot and Chris Pine were great, and the scene of Wonder Woman going up against a machine gun is one I won't forget soon. WW is the female-driven superhero movie we've been lacking.

To finish my day, I watched a movie not in theaters---The Gift (2015) written directed, and starring Joel Edgerton, who coincidentally was the best part of It Comes At Night. The Gift is a psychological thriller the likes you don't see often. Some of it reminded me of Mientras Duerme (aka Sleep Tight, an excellent Spanish psych thriller), but there were plenty of twists and turns and amazing acting from the three leads. It was a captivating watch, and my heartiest recommendation of the three movies I saw today, especially if you're a genre fan.

It Comes At Night: 2/5
Wonder Woman: 4/5
The Gift: 4.5/5


Asking for a friend *ahem*
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Forum - about 2 months ago

Best episode to get over the "I got fired today from the best job I've ever had" blues?


HELP!
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Forum - 3 months ago

Cannot watch any episodes. I get a dog eared frown face saying "he connection is reset." Have a good WiFi connection on my phone at a tire store. I have 90 minutes to wait here. HELP!


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Forum - 5 months ago

Are you in a state of preparation for a non-zero quantity of football?


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207 - Wild Rebels - over 1 year ago

Really liked the riff, "It’s an average day out here on the A1A, going up the coast to Cocoa Beach." I retired from the Post Office there after 38 years.


Godzilla
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Forum - 8 months ago

Anyone else here seen Shin Gojira yet? I just got back, it was pretty good. Definitely better than any of the American attempts but still not on par with the original Japanese film. What made the original so great was that it was a serious film. Godzilla was a terrifying metaphor for nuclear war. Unfortunately when most people think of Godzilla they associate it with the gazillion campy sequels or the awful Americanized version starring Raymond Burr. While Shin Gojira takes itself far more serious than the cheesy sequels it doesn't take itself as serious as the original. Just my two cents. Still entertaining tho!


TCM-Christopher Lee actor of the month
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Forum - 9 months ago

Setting DVR.
The Face of Fu Manchu on tonight.


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Forum - 9 months ago

Anyone here from Florida? Play it safe.


KEEP OR TOSS OUT VHS TAPES
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Forum - 9 months ago

So what's the consensus. Do most here keep their tapes or toss them out since this site began? My tapes don't take up much space but the quality of eps. here are much better.


Herschell Gordon Lewis
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Forum - 9 months ago

The director of 'Monster a-go-go' died yesterday, aged 87.


Recent Riffs

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207 - Wild Rebels - over 1 year ago

I like your Ralston Purina suit.


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207 - Wild Rebels - over 1 year ago

You're square baby, so square you look like a box - "Yeah, but there's a prize inside - whoa!"


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207 - Wild Rebels - over 1 year ago

"Now I'm gonna have a peanut butter and nana sandwich."


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Nipples too small, too dark, and - disturbing!


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This is only 80 proof!