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Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE DAY TIME ENDED  Rewatch   Season 12, Ep 4

Rewatch! Some things happen, or do they? One of the most nonsensical movies in Mystery Science Theater 3000's ancient pantheon of nonsense. As oneswellfoop wrote, "It's like all the temporal paradoxes over the entire run of Doctor Who, Quantum Leap, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Irwin Allen's Time Tunnel, the Back to the Future movies and the episode of Babylon 5 where Babylon 4 reappeared all converged on one isolated location and didn't have clue what to do next so they ordered pizza." The episode has the return of J. Elvis Weinstein as Dr. Erhardt! Previously.
posted by JHarris on Apr 20, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: War of the Worlds

Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin). When his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops them off at Ferrier's house, it seems as though it will be just another tension-filled weekend. However, when electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the strange event turns out to be the beginning of an alien invasion, and Ferrier must now protect his children as they seek refuge. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 6, 2023 - 15 comments

Movie: Slash/Back

(TRAILER) The sleepy village of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, nestled in the majestic mountains of Baffin Island in the Arctic Ocean wakes up to a typical summer day. No school, no cool boys (well... except one), and 24-hour sunlight. But for Maika and her ragtag friends, the usual summer is not in the cards when they discover an alien invasion threatening their hometown. These teenagers have been underestimated their whole lives but, using makeshift weapons and what they've learned from the movies, they show the aliens you don't fuck with the girls from Pang. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 10, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: Alien Resurrection

Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is full of surprises... as are the new aliens. Ripley must team with a band of smugglers to keep the creatures from reaching Earth. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 26, 2022 - 20 comments

Movie: AlienĀ³

After escaping with Newt and Hicks from the alien planet, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) crash lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet and host to a correctional facility. Unfortunately, although Newt and Hicks do not survive the crash, a more unwelcome visitor does. The prison does not allow weapons of any kind, and with aid being a long time away, the prisoners must simply survive in any way they can. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 26, 2022 - 22 comments

Movie: Grabbers

A quaint fishing village off the coast of Ireland comes under attack from tentacled aliens. The townspeople discover the creatures' only weakness: alcohol. They'll have to work hard to stay drunk enough to defeat them. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 22, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Alienoid

Gurus in the late Goryeo dynasty try to obtain a fabled, holy sword, and humans in 2022 hunt down an alien prisoner that is locked in a human's body. The two parties cross paths when a time-traveling portal opens up. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 27, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Predators

Brought together on a mysterious planet, a mercenary (Adrien Brody) and a group of coldblooded killers now become the prey. A new breed of aliens pursues the ragtag humans through dense jungle. The group must work together to survive, or become the latest trophies of the fearsome intergalactic hunters. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 22, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape from Earth and return to his home planet. (Now in limited re-release for its 40th anniversary.) [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Aug 20, 2022 - 25 comments

Movie: Nope

Caretakers at a California horse ranch encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behavior. The third feature film written and directed by Jordan Peele. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 22, 2022 - 82 comments

Movie: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement," realizes that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 6, 2022 - 17 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: LASERBLAST  Rewatch   Season 7, Ep 6

Re-rewatch! A kid living out in the desert gets a ray gun that also turns him green, and he takes out his frustrations in an orgy of laser violence against innocent Star Wars signs, until goofy lizard aliens stop him. It's the last episode of the Comedy Central era of the show. Previously and again.
posted by JHarris on Dec 2, 2021 - 12 comments

Book: XX

Drawing on Dada, punk and the modernist movements of the twentieth century, XX is assembled from redacted NASA reports, artwork, magazine articles, secret transcripts and a novel within a novel. Deconstructing layout and language in order to explore how idea propagate, acclaimed designer and artist Rian Hughes's debut novel presents a compelling vision of humanity's unique place in the universe, and a realistic depiction of what might happen in the wake of the biggest scientific discovery in human history. [more inside]
posted by one for the books on Aug 18, 2021 - 2 comments

Resident Alien: End of the World As We Know It  Season 1, Ep 8

Secrets are revealed when Harry's stuck in an icy crevasse with Asta and D'Arcy. [more inside]
posted by kitten kaboodle on Mar 18, 2021 - 12 comments

Movie: Aliens

Fifty-seven years after surviving an alien loose aboard her ship, first officer Ripley finds herself returning to the planet where she first encountered the creature. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama on Feb 17, 2021 - 53 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: POD PEOPLE  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 3

Re-rewatch! Four different subplots kind of meander into orbit with each other in this dubbed French/Spanish movie. Movie A: poachers in the woods encounter and break the eggs of an unworldly creature. Movie B: singers on a trip in the woods have a deadly run-in with that creature. Movie C: a lonely young boy befriends another creature of the same species. Movie D: the boy's father noisily conflicts with the lead singer from Movie B. It's another episode from a time in the show's history when almost every episode became a classic. But as for the movie itself... (O.K. sign) It stinks! It's as disjointed as it was because originally it was supposed to just be a horror movie, but then when ET came out a hasty story adjustment was made to try to get some of those cute alien movie dollars. Previously and also previously
posted by JHarris on Jun 18, 2020 - 7 comments

Movie: The Blob

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 6, 2018 - 9 comments

Podcast: Steal the Stars: Full Series

A hard SF style, can't-stop-listening story of an alien life-form, government secrets, and forbidden romance, that asks questions about militarism, capitalism, and human nature.
posted by latkes on Jun 2, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 3, 2018 - 13 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE SPACE CHILDREN  Season 9, Ep 6

Kids serve the telepathic bidding of a Blob from Space to sabotage military weapons. The twist: the Blob is a good guy! With short Century 21 Calling: At the Seattle World's Fair, everyone is excited about PHONES. You'll be able to record frequently-called numbers onto little plastic cards! An uncommonly ridiculous movie and short combo. Warning: contains Uncle Fester in shorts! This is another episode that's not on DVD, and probably never will be. Vimeo (1h32m) Premiered June 13, 1998. 20 episodes left. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 13, 2017 - 7 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: LASERBLAST  Season 7, Ep 6

"Billy was a kid who got pushed around... Then he found the power" When a picked-on kid suddenly realizes he's not hopeless but finds "the power," what happens? Gamergate! Why he takes his new laser gun and, goes out on an explodey rampage, whoo! AN THEN THE CLAYMATION ALIENS ATTACKED..... We have arrived at the end of another age, the short Fifth Age of the show, that brief period Post-Frank yet Pre-SciFi. In a host segment, we have the joke... you know, that one. The one where they try to get beyond something. Also, Mike becomes Captain Janeway. Then, finally, the SOL reaches the end of the universe.... YouTube (1h32m) - Annotated - Promo (with Penn Jilette voiceover & promo for TV Wheel!) - Movie trailer [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 24, 2017 - 6 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE  Season 4, Ep 4

"Teenage Hoodlums from Another World on a Horrendous Ray-Gun Rampage!" "Before...A Beautiful Girl. One Moment Later...A Skeleton!" Despite the ad lines, the titular teenagers number only two, and one of them is the milquetoast "Derek." Their mission: to prepare Earth for the coming of their lifestock, which naturally take the form of gigantic lobsters. It's a good episode! This is the movie that gives us the infamous "TORCHAA!!" catchphrase, beloved of MSTies everywhere. It's also Mary Jo Pehl's first episode writing! YouTube (1h33m) Premiered June 27, 1992. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 29, 2015 - 6 comments

Farscape: That Old Black Magic  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 8

On a commerce planet, Crichton finds himself lured into an alternate reality controlled by Maldis, a being who feeds off negative energy. He is pitted against Crais in a fight to the death, leaving Zhaan to tap into her old darkness to try and help him. [via]
posted by Squeak Attack on Jul 28, 2015 - 13 comments

Farscape: Thank God It's Friday, Again  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 6

D'Argo, after threatening the crew with Luxan hyper-rage, is later found docile and happy on a planet and decides to stay. Crichton discovers that the planet's food contains a drug, with the help of a small band of rebels immune to its effects, and must determine a way to convince the others of the truth and the true nature of the drug. [via]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 21, 2015 - 12 comments

Farscape: Throne for a Loss  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 4

Rygel's plot to appear regal backfires when he, along with a much needed part of Moya's propulsion system, are snatched by Tavlecs who possess drug-dispensing power gauntlets. [via]
posted by Squeak Attack on Jul 14, 2015 - 4 comments

Farscape: Exodus from Genesis  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

Moya is invaded by spawning space bugs, which produce clones of the crew. To complicate matters, a Peacekeeper retrieval squad arrives and Aeryn begins to suffer heat delirium. [via]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 10, 2015 - 12 comments

Farscape: I, E.T.  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

A Peacekeeper beacon goes off and Moya has to land on an alien planet to prevent its signal being intercepted and Moya being discovered. Crichton, D'Argo and Aeryn leave Moya and explore the planet in search of a substance that can be used to numb Moya's senses so the beacon can be removed but Crichton gets separated from the group and meets up with some inhabitants of the planet who hide him from the authorities. [via] [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 7, 2015 - 17 comments

Farscape: Through the Eye of the Needle  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

Present day human John Crichton is unexpectedly sucked through a wormhole and flung to "...some distant part of the universe on a ship, a living ship, full of strange alien life forms", where he becomes trapped with a group of escaped prisoners after he accidentally kills one of the local law enforcements. [via]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 3, 2015 - 24 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: POD PEOPLE  Season 3, Ep 3

aka The Unearthling, Extra-Terrestrial Visitors, Tales of Trumpy, The Return of E.T. and Los Nuevos Extraterrestres. (1983, Color, Spain, Aliens, Science Fiction, Knockoff, Horror) Movie A: Poachers in the woods incur the wrath of a mysterious entity who starts hunting them. Movie B: A singing group in the city decides to go on vacation. Movie C: A lonely adopted boy grows from a huge egg a magic aardvark he names Trumpy. The movies collide, people get killed, cut, wrap, print. A particularly beloved episode of our favorite movie-mocking cowtown puppet show, and the source of one of its most enduring catchphrases. (YouTube 1h37m) First aired June 15, 1991. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Apr 23, 2015 - 24 comments

Movie: Under the Skin

In this bold adaptation of a 2000 sci-fi/surrealist novel, a visitor to Scotland combs the cities and countryside for unattached men. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2014 - 22 comments

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