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May 23

Special Event: Rifftrax: EMBER DAYS

MST Club presents.... The Rifftrax people released just a week ago this fantasy movie that looks just like a bunch of LARPers decided to make a motion picture, much like first-season MST favorite Robot Holocaust. This is what Dungeons & Dragons has done to the world and why it can never be forgiven. The riff can be gotten here!
posted by JHarris at 4:46 PM - 1 comment

May 15

Special Event: 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Would the other three hockey fans like to chat about this year's playoffs? [more inside]
posted by elkevelvet at 7:42 AM - 11 comments

May 11

Special Event: Eurovision 2024 - The Grand Final

Good evening, Europe! Good morning, Australia! It’s the big day! The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 is today, May 11th, at 21:00 CEST/3:00 PM EDT. Come on in to discuss the highs, the lows, and the grand spectacle that can only be Eurovision. [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 9:41 AM - 289 comments

May 9

Special Event: Mining Accident Theater: WAR OF THE ROBOTS

MST Club presents.... Okay, this one requires some explanation. MST Club has lately been doing "expanded universe" riffs, like Rifftrax and The Mads Are Back, but has also been presenting fan-made riffing productions, like this one. Many old fanriffs are lost to the ages, sadly, but this one is quite recent, like two-weeks-ago recent! Mining Accident Theater is the story of Bogdan Smithee, a person trapped in an abandoned mine, with nothing but coworker Tom MacDonald and stranded rescuer Katherine Sprakehunter, and a bunch of old filmreels, to keep them company. There's no "Shadowrama" effect, their comments are just voiceovers. Up to this point MAT has only riffed shorts. This is their first attempt at riffing a full movie, and it's a doozy. It doozes. It's Alfonso Bresca's WAR OF THE ROBOTS, a movie where the robot army is composed of bodybuilders with Prince Valiant haircuts, the ultimate evil lady leader is named "Lois," and... well, you should see it for youself. On Youtube. Here. (1 hour 42 minutes) It was released April 2024. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 8:39 AM - 0 comments

Special Event: Live Stream: Semifinal 2 (2024 Eurovision Song Contest)

Good evening, Europe! Good morning, Australia! Semifinal 2 begins Thursday, May 9th (today!), at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. Who will qualify for the Grand Final on Saturday? Which countries will be good, bad, or so bad they're good? Come on in to chat about the second round of performances! [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 8:31 AM - 148 comments

May 7

Special Event: Special Event: Live Stream: Semifinal 1 (2024 Eurovision Song Contest)

Good evening, Europe! Good morning, Australia! Semifinal 1 begins Tuesday May 7th (today!), at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. Who will qualify for the Grand Final on Saturday? Which countries will be good, bad, or so bad they're good? Come on in to chat about the first round of performances! [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 7:51 AM - 90 comments

May 2

Special Event: The Mads: She Shoulda Said 'No'!

A.k.a. "Marijuana - The Devil's Weed." "How bad can a good girl get?" "Stay up or stay dumb." One of those anti-drug movies, from 1949. A young woman's life is wrecked through the use of 'the reefer.' The actress playing the main character is Lila Leeds, who had been the subject of scandal after she and Robert Mitchum were arrested for smoking marijuana. Due to the scandal it would be the last film Leeds would appear in, and she left acting, while Mitchum would go on to receive multiple Academy Award nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I'll let you guess as to why Mitchum's career took off and Leeds' died, and here's a hint: it rhymes with "exism." Riff first shown September 19, 2023.
posted by JHarris at 3:59 PM - 4 comments

April 25

Special Event: Rifftrax: The Amazing Bulk

MST Club presents... a riff of a frankly astonishing movie. You may think you know awful CGI. Well, the computer art in this movie makes Birdemic look like a masterpiece. Buildings made out of a few rectangles! Storefronts with names written out in Comic Sans--which is also what the credits are written in! And the titular Bulk combines all the worst aspects of both Playstation and N64 in-engine cutscenes. Sites say it's meant as a spoof, but, oof. It seems a lot like that's just them trying to justify their terrible decisions. Riff from April 2024, movie from 2012.
posted by JHarris at 11:55 AM - 4 comments

April 12

Special Event: Coachella - First weekend April 12-14

Coachella's 6 stages are streaming on YouTube (most countries?). Let's watch some live music. [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten at 9:29 PM - 7 comments

April 11

Special Event: The Mads: Battle Of The Worlds

MST Club presents this 2022 riff of a 1961 movie. It's referred to as Season 3, episode 1 of The Mads Are Back. A mysterious rogue planet called The Outsider is approaching the Earth, and everything but Professor Benson thinks it'll hit! Prof Benson is right, but that's only the beginning of Earth's problems. At the end, a little dog is sad.
posted by JHarris at 4:00 PM - 1 comment

April 8

Special Event: Eclipse 2024

For people who can’t see it in person, NASA has coverage for the three hours it will take to go from Mexico to Canada. Link.
posted by ellieBOA at 10:08 AM - 12 comments

April 6

Special Event: Wrestlemania XL: Night One & Night Two (4/6/24 & 4/7/24)

"The virtue of all-in wrestling is that it is the spectacle of excess. Here we find a grandiloquence which must have been that of ancient theatres. And in fact wrestling is an open-air spectacle, for what makes the circus or the arena what they are is not the sky... it is the drenching and vertical quality of the flood of light. ...[W]restling partakes of the nature of the great solar spectacles, Greek drama and bullfights: in both, a light without shadow generates an emotion without reserve." -- Roland Barthes, "The World Of Wrestling" from Mythologies, 1957 [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 6:44 PM - 7 comments

April 4

Special Event: Rifftrax: For Love Or Death

MST Club presents a 2024 Rifftrax of a movie from 1996. A karate monk doesn't want to do the karate-monk thing any more and leaves their evil karate sect. They come after in the evil karate sect way. So he transfers his soul into a passed-out hobo, giving him his karate moves. I didn't know it was so easy! Neo's skills in The Matrix don't seem so impressive now. Wait... maybe this is the Matrix, and the robots got their brain files mixed up? Agent Smith is going to have to pull overtime to fix this. You know most of the work the Agents do is going to be dumb gruntwork like that. Anyway, 1996 karate hobo action flick go.
posted by JHarris at 4:10 PM - 0 comments

March 28

Special Event: The Mads: Night of Shorts 7

Tonight on MST Club.... The Mads Are Back's Night of Shorts 7 was on sale recently, so I took the opportunity to purchase a copy. The five shorts shown are mostly from the late 40s and early 50s. The initial stream was on April 12, 2022. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 3:18 PM - 1 comment

March 21

Special Event: RiffTrax: Spy High

Next up for MST Club.... this is a fairly recent release, both in movie (2000) and riff (February 2024). Hi-tek hakker kidz, and their dog, are recruited by a government agent to foil the plans of a nefarious video game company to put a mind control weapon on the internet. Think about what it implies to have a movie about hacker kids on the internet in the year 2000. I think a little more kindly of the movie knowing that nowadays the kids would be in their 30s and cursing the name of Elon Musk.
posted by JHarris at 3:46 PM - 1 comment

March 17

Special Event: Special Event: March Madness! NCAA basketball tournaments 2024

March, March, it's March again, how does this keep happening. LSU is the defending Women's D1 Winner, and UConn is the defending men's champion (and UConn has quite possibly the cutest mascot in basketball in Jonathan the Husky). [more inside]
posted by joycehealy at 6:30 PM - 27 comments

March 16

Special Event: The Last Drive-In Live: A Tribute to Roger Corman

Joe Bob Briggs and Darcey the Mail Girl pay tribute to one of the most influential, but often overlooked filmmakers: Roger Corman. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 11:58 AM - 3 comments

March 14

Special Event: The Mads Are Back: The Phantom at 10,000 Leagues

A radioactive monster wreaks havoc; for some reason the heroic scientist has to develop a relationship while saving lives from it; also, the monster's maker has to perish in his attempt to stop his creation. All these things the way they have to be in 50's monster movie world. (Riff from 2024, earlier this week)
posted by JHarris at 4:17 PM - 3 comments

March 10

Special Event: 2024 Academy Awards

Roll out the red carpet and welcome your 96th annual Academy Awards thread (with returning host Jimmy Kimmel). The nominees - the betting odds - the late-breaking plagiarism scandal - how to watch
posted by Rhaomi at 2:13 PM - 142 comments

March 7

Special Event: Rifftrax: Prisoners of the Lost Universe

MST Club presents! We're going back and forth between The Mads and Rifftrax in this phase of our riff watching project. This week Rifftrax is up, with the movie Prisoners of the Lost Universe. You may have seen a bit of it before: when Film Ventures International repurposed Ator the Fighting Eagle into Cave Dwellers, they gave it a generic fantasy scene behind the opening credits: that, it turns out, was from Prisoners of the Lost Universe. IMDB says: "Three people are transported into a parallel reality, where they find they must use modern technology, but medieval weapons, in order to save the citizenry from a murderous warlord." Selective technology, got it. For more on Rifftrax, see inside. This riff was released in 2012. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 5:18 PM - 2 comments

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