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You people have been holding out on me

You know i love Mystery Science Theater. Why didn't you tell me about this?

In recent years MST3K head writer and longtime performer Michael J. Nelson has resurrected the show's comedic sensibility through RiffTrax (http://www.rifftrax.com/). These are MP3 commentary tracks, written and performed by Nelson and often some of his former MST3K cohorts, mocking various movies. For an inexpensive fee, you can download a RiffTrax MP3 from the site, and then play it on your computer or iPod or whatever while watching a DVD of the film that is RiffTrax's chosen victim. When the MP3 and the DVD are properly synchronized, the comments by Nelson and his colleagues will pop up in between lines of dialogue in the film that is under attack.

Since this format doesn't require obtaining the rights to the film being skewered, Nelson and company have been able to move upward to a better, bigger budget class of bad movies to heckle.

Found on one of Peter Sanderson's weekly columns. He also gives a great review of Lee & Kirby's original Galactus trilogy and compares it to the FF sequel (It doesn't hold up).


By fnord12 | July 23, 2007, 4:21 PM | Comics & Movies | Comments (1)| Link



Transformers

I had low expectations for this movie and those expectations were met, so i wasn't actually disappointed in it. The robots had features that resembled bugs more than the blocky robots from the cartoon i loved but they got the transforming sound pretty close and they looked generally ok. Ofc, because of their bug-like faces, it was hard to distinguish one Decepticon from another.

However, i had 2 major issues with the movie.

***SPOILER***

1) why why why why why were there Decepticons that transformed into cars? Everybody knows that Autobots are the cars and Decepticons are planes. Duh.

and

2) what is the deal with all the humans? i'm not interested in the story about the Secretary of Defense trapped in a bunker with the computer nerds. i'm not interested in the Marines running around the city shooting ineffectively at the giant robots. i'm here to watch a movie about GIANT ROBOTS KICKING THE CRAP OUT OF EACH OTHER. as Wanyas at SuperMegaDio points out, if there's going to be a fight between giant robot leaders, you should show the fight. and most definitely from a pulled back, wide shot, not a partial view thru the window of an SUV. gah!!

***END SPOILER***

Now, the important question is should i order the Chinese boxset of the entire series now or should i wait til it's released piecemeal in the U.S. and watch them when they're available on Netflix, knowing that the cartoon is prolly awful (but i just didn't notice when i was a kid)?


By min | July 21, 2007, 12:30 AM | Movies | Comments (4)| Link



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