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MSTeacher3K - about 1 year ago
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Hey, Rocket, didn't the host read your question during the Q & A on the Mads' show tonight? I heard him say it was from Paul Gabriel Wiener, and I recognize that name from here-that's you, right?


Rocket J. Forklift - over 1 year ago
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Had to make a new account because FB login broke. Here's my original:
http://www.club-mst3k.com/msties/1086


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Was fun watching the guys get sweaters from Gypsy and put the wrong ones on. But I was really hoping for a JOIKE continuation.


UNPOPULAR OPINION?
Forum - 13 days ago
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Does anyone else out there agree with me that the new Netflix MST3K is just not very good? . The movie choices are great and the riffing is....ok. And some of the host segments are pretty remarkable for all the work and practice they must've required. But to me the show just seems over the top. Like its really trying too hard to be bigger and better and faster paced than the original.
. I know most of this is Joel's doing and that still does nothing to soften the blow for me. I watched all the episodes at least twice because I really WANTED to like it.
. There are 2 fan-made mst3k episodes riffing the Gamera movies (Jiger and Viras). These ones are great! They really capture the feel and humor of the first 5 seasons. Check it out if you haven't seen them. Search for "Branzant" on youtube.
. But other than that, everything after Diabolik has been a disappointment.
But I do love RiffTrax, Cinematic Titanic, The Mads, and Film Crew.


705 - Escape 2000 - over 5 years ago
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The thing I really like about the opening segment is when Gypsy tells Cambot to activate the sprinkler system, which means Cambot was watching the SOL burn from the very beginning and thought "I could put that out, but... nah!"


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Much of this is covered here and there in the comments below, but just to collect it all for those who don't feel like digging through everything:

This is a Russian film based on a medieval folk tale that's well-known there. There's no Finnish involvement. Presumably, Mike and the gang just assumed it was Finnish because of the resemblance in production to The Day The Earth Froze, which was a Russian-Finnish joint venture based on a Finnish folk tale.

The movie was then dubbed by Roger Corman, who changed various names and details at his own whim. It makes sense to simplify things by calling Nightingale The Robber a "wind demon" and renaming the serpent to a dragon, but Corman did a disservice to Svyatogor the giant by renaming him "Invinsor." Not surprising he wanted to hide that it was the city of Kiev being defended against the Tugar/Mongol horde. Not sure why he felt the need to hide Kahn's name, though. Or change, for example, the story of the man who was caught stealing wood from the prince's forest (but released upon it coming to light that he was using that wood to forge weapons, which he would willingly furnish to the prince's army) into a quarrel over a horse's tail.

Anyway, the movie leans on the assumption that the audience is already familiar with the myth. And then Corman edited and dubbed it. And then the MST crew further edited it for time. So we're clearly missing some things which might explain some of the plot holes.

In the original myth, Ilia is born paralyzed from the waist down, but when the pilgrims heal him with their magic potion (and the magic song that got edited out), he seeks out Svyatogor to fight him. He of course loses the fight against the giant, but then the two become friends and companions in adventure. The giant, with his dying breath, bequeaths Ilia a portion of his superhuman strength. (The sword is not magic, as that is seen as diminishing the hero's earned accomplishments.) The movie changed that. I'd guess in part for time and in part because it was hard enough filming the forced perspective shot for one scene where the giant never comes in contact with the humans, and it just wasn't practical to show a more involved interaction.

Corman got Paul Frees (who did indeed voice Boris Badinov in the original Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon) to do the voice of Khan and several others.

But I still have no idea why Khan waited 15+ years for the kid to grow up before attacking when his men had just told him that Kiev was undefended and ready to surrender. Or how that 15 year gap makes any sense. Or why the guy who found the dungeon key and proof of treachery never told the prince. Or why the traitor never noticed that he'd lost the key. It can't be that Falcon grew up superhumanly fast, because it's clearly been so long since he saw his mother that he utterly forgot her.

Ilia's plan, however, does make sense. His goal is to delay Khan long enough for the prince to gather the army. So he comes up with a scheme where Khan's men have to gather the treasure along miles of road, and then they get punished for trying to withhold it. But I think we missed the part where that actually does allow the army to gather and they do any good whatsoever. Maybe it got cut for time?

Still in all, this is an impressive production with a huge cast, varied and intricate sets, detailed costumes, and (for the 1950s) pretty good effects. As Crow notes, it must have had a massive budget. For all that, it does make for great riffing fodder. And the mistake about Finland gives us that amazing Bergman joke, so I'm happy.


518 - The Atomic Brain - over 8 years ago
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Stuffing the old bag's brain into the cat's skull must've been quite the task!


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You gotta admire how the movie doesn't even raise the question of how the beast got there. Or whether there are more of them. Or how old it is. Or anything. It's just... It lives in or near the mountain, maybe inside a giant cave, as implied by the name "Hollow Mountain," but maybe not. And it eats whatever gets close, which is why people have been afraid to go there. But it's afraid of drowning, so it won't go to the village because the swamp is in the way. And that's as much thought as they've put into it. Maybe more than they did. It's there. What more do you need? Did it eat Jimmy's cows? Or were they driven there by the bad guy? Or did the bad guy just drive them towards the swamp, not knowing or caring that the beast would eat them? Who knows? Who cares? Did anyone question exactly what happened when Jimmy and his rival were in the little cave? Do Jimmy and Serita feel bad about getting together before her fiancé's corpse is cold? Not even going to bother asking. The monster is dead. The bad guy is, too, and Don Pedro knows he was the bad guy, after all. So it's all good. The end!


MST-Guilty Pleasures
Forum - 10 months ago
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What's an episode that every else seems to dislike or never talk about, that you really love? Mine would have to be Robot Holocaust (Experiment 110). I know season 1 gets a bad rep, and i'm not saying that it doesn't deserve it sometimes, but i just can't help but love this episode it feels just kind of different then most MST episodes it's got just some magic that makes it all click, it's hard to explain. The movie is one of the most hilarious and interesting films i think I've ever seen, and the journey is honestly really fun, especially with the SOL Crew. This is probably in either my top 5 or 10 episodes, but i feel a lot of people would definitely disagree with me on that.


616 - Racket Girls - 8 months ago
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Who came up with the title of this movie? The girls are the only ones in it who aren't part of the racket. They're the legitimate front operation, and when politely asked to consider throwing the match, they decline.


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