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MSTeacher3K - over 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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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!


Merry Christmas!
Forum - 23 days ago
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I hope all of you had the Swayziest Christmas possible, under the circumstances.
Except the spammers - I hope Father Christmas brought you a lump of coal this year.


616 - Racket Girls - 12 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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That was less hosty than I remembered.


K09 - Phase IV - over 4 years ago
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Whoa. The original ending (filmed by the director but cut by the distributor, found and restored in 2012) is really trippy. (And kind of icky in parts.) I wonder what J&tB would have made of it.

https://youtu.be/beLpsWaUDNk


Forum - 2 months ago
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I know some people liked Clayton with Pearl as his mom, but it seems that more aren't wild about that combo, esp. Pearl's role. I was wondering if the dynamic would've been better if she were his big sister. Or maybe be his girlfriend or fiance. I would've liked to have seen that, esp over "Clayton! Clayton!".


509 - The Girl in Lovers Lane - over 1 year ago
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Bix as the only two dimensional character in the movie actually has decipherable motives. It took me a while to see it. What took me the longest was the pool hall trip.

I mean, I get that he has conflicting feelings about his father. He's angry and betrayed, but also guilty. And that carries over, along with his life as a drifter, to making him feel unworthy of love. Distrustful of it, too. But, deep down, he's a good man, and he knows it. So that's his whole relationship with Carrie. He wants her and the life she represents, but he doesn't think he deserves it, thinks he'll drag her down, can't reckon with the possibility of a good life and a loving relationship, and is afraid her father will bring out the worst.

Likewise, he sees Danny (who is apparently a teenager, given that his parents were married for 19 years) as a kid in need of a mentor/protector, something Bix never had.

Then Carrie's death makes him realize he was ready and it could have been good... just in time for it to break him. And suddenly Danny has to be the one to take care of him. But Bix is finally ready to let someone take care of him, and off they go.

So, like I said, that just leaves the pool hall. Why in the hell would he bring Danny there specifically to set them up to get mugged? (Gotta love how the owner is perfectly okay with that.) Why does he want them beaten, potentially killed, and all their money taken away?

I thought maybe it was too get Danny to trust him with the wallet, but that didn't pan out at all. Finally, it clicked.

At the beginning of the movie, we meet Danny when he's being chased by a pair of muggers. Bix has watched him run, but it's not until later that he gets to know Danny. To learn that the wallet is his, that he's easily cowed, and that he's on the run because he's afraid to deal with his parents' pending divorce. So Bix gets it in his head that Danny needs to learn to face his fears and stand up for himself. (This is, of course, a generation before Michael Jackson's Beat It made the point that it's stupid to get into unnecessary fights, running away is a perfectly reasonable option, it's not shameful or unmanly to do so, and toxic masculinity and peer pressure are terrible reasons to risk getting beaten or killed or thrown in jail. Yes, that was the message of the song. It was sadly lost on many.) He'd seen the pool hall when they arrived and clocked it as a place that would brew trouble. He set Danny up to get mugged again, but in a way that running away wasn't really an option. And stood by him, which also ensured that Danny couldn't just cut and run even if the opportunity presented itself. Danny says as much in the aftermath - that he would have run if not for Bix. But he faced his fear, and Bix drives the lesson home that sometimes you have to stand up to these things.

This the turning point for Danny that allows him to go back to save Bix from the mob, take on Jesse, and ultimately return home. The back alley fight is a rite of passage.


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1953: Sadko movie released
1956: David Atkins born
1962: Sadko dubbed by Corman, re-released as Magic Voyage of Sinbad.
1980s: David Atkins takes the stage name Sinbad after the mythical sailor, and begins his career as a comedian.

So it's entirely possible that seeing this movie at age 6 is part of what inspired him to take the name.


505 - The Magic Voyage of Sinbad - almost 6 years ago
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"I forgot to sacrifice to Neptune!" Uh, sure. Because that's what Arabs and Russians are known for. Sacrificing to the Greek gods.


503 - Swamp Diamonds - over 1 year ago
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So... The diamonds were stolen 3 years ago. The gang was caught. The men were executed. The police decide that allowing the remaining prisoners to escape, risking the life of a decorated officer in the process, is worth it because somehow the public still remembers the missing diamonds and it's embarrassing that the police never found them somewhere in hundreds of square miles of swamp. The whole plan hinges on the hope that not only do the women (who got a much lighter sentence than the men) know where the diamonds are, they can still remember exactly where and how to find them 3 years later. It also hinges on their ability to track the women through the dense wilderness with no signaling system, keeping far enough away to not be seen or heard. (What the heck is a helicopter supposed to do flying miles away, looking through moss-covered trees?) As a result of this plan, three people die, including the young daughter of a very wealthy and influential businessman. And this is supposed to make the police look... Better?


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