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Offline WhyDontTheyLook

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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2265 on: July 03, 2020, 11:48:34 PM »
FireRiffs - "Superman Returns" -- Nineteen years after Superman IV, Superman returns in Superman Returns, which is set 5 years after... I dunno, Superman II?  He discovers things have changed--Lois Lane is married and has a son, Lex Luthor has doubled his ickiness by becoming Kevin Spacey, and there's a new crystal continent, or maybe an island, coming up out of the ocean.  Worst of all, he discovers he's not Christopher Reeve anymore, no matter how hard he tries to be.

This was a fun riff from FireRiffs on a largely unnecessary (but still better than I remembered) attempt to update the Superman movies of the eighties.  I couldn't help thinking of all the riffs that could have been, had we known then about Kevin Spacey's ickiness (and director Bryan Singer's ickiness as well).

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/fireriffs-presents-superman-returns ]

MicroRiffs - "The Swarm" -- A swarm of deadly African killer bees is coming up from South America, a geographic feat that somehow goes unquestioned in this TV miniseries from 1978.  Hallucinations, unfortunate dialogue, and heroic levels of Michael Caine scenery-chewing follow as the bees knock off seventies character actors by the truckload.

I found the riff of this miniseries while searching for Microriffs (which has several iriffs on this site) on Youtube.  Overall I thought it was pretty good, though it was clear that it was improvised, and that the Microriffs crew found themselves almost unbearably hilarious at times. They're on YouTube, in a multi-part playlist, link below.

[ https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjEOc_uwSMBS13ZvtlmRZKjqd0_fo0ICw ]

[ other Microriffs stuff on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MicroRiffs/videos ]
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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2266 on: July 04, 2020, 02:52:49 PM »
Ah my first riff.  Glad you enjoyed it despite being a bit rough around the edges.


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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2267 on: July 15, 2020, 03:03:02 PM »
Josh Way - "Buck Rogers in Planet Outlaws" -- Flash Gordon and some schmuck off the street are accidentally frozen in time.  They get thawed out in the 25th century, where they change their names to Buck Rogers and Buddy Wade, contend with ruthless dictator/gangster Killer Kane, and go back and forth between Earth and Saturn roughly five hundred times for reasons I've already forgotten.  This feature was created when someone edited the 12-part serial down to a feature film with a dull axe.

Josh does a great job riffing this one -- lots of jokes, good 1-riffer pacing, and a running gag that pays off.  Riffing a film that's been so hacked up as this one must have been extra work, just to make sense of it all.  I'd love to see the full serial get riffed sometime.

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[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/fun-with-flicks-buck-rogers-in-planet-outlaws ]


Atomic Treatment - "Battle of the Worlds" -- A rogue planet has entered the solar system, on track to pass close by, or possibly hit (depending on which version of the script is being dubbed over which actor) the Earth.  Claude Rains is the only person who knows what to do about it, but refuses to say what it is, because he hates everybody--which eventually makes him the stand-in for the audience for this block of Italian cheese from the seventies.

Atomic Treatment turns in a pretty decent riff on this film.  Sometimes it lags, but mainly it sends up the confused muddle of plots and subplots with aplomb.  I initially thought this was a one-riffer project, but there were two guys on this one, which helped with the pacing.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/atomic-treatment-battle-of-the-worlds ]
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Re: iJust Finished Watching The One Man Band Presents - Mortal Kombat
« Reply #2268 on: July 24, 2020, 08:13:12 AM »
Admittedly I had low expectations with this one because... well, it is the live action 1995 Mortal Kombat. What I got was a solo riff that interacted effectively with the movie. Lot's of jokes to keep things interesting
Ah! The infamous complete miss technique.   :clap:

but he didn't step all over the dialog. You could still follow what was happening and enjoy that aspect of the movie for what it is.

Definitely a solid riff for a studio movie you can get cheap.

https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/mortal-kombat-one-man-band-edition

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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2269 on: July 31, 2020, 09:38:42 AM »
OneWallCinema - "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Cheney Vase" -- There's an old lady with a valuable vase, and the Vice President is going to drunkenly shoot at her until... wait. *checks notes*  Okay, the old lady has a vase *called* the Cheney Vase, no Vice Presidents are in the vicinity, and a creepy insurance guy is worming his way into her life so he can steal it.  OneWallCinema gives an enjoyable--if not as polished as their later releases--riff of this episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/onewallcinema-alfred-hitchcock-presents-the-cheney-vase ]

OneWallCinema - "Dragnet Episode 18: The Big Seventeen" -- Joe Friday tries to track down a student heroin pusher-slash-user before he either floods the high school with poisonous dope and/or explodes.  Dragnet makes a great target for riffs, and the OneWallCinema guys have a lot of fun with this.  I also loved the riffs on the included period commercials.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/onewallcinema-dragnet-episode-18-the-big-seventeen ]

Just Andrew - "War of the Robots" -- Ok, there are these scientists studying the creation of artificial life, only these Prince Valiant clones show up to kidnap them.  Meanwhile, their reactor is going to blow up in eight days, and the planet's leader knows about it but can't be bothered to deal with it.  There's a space battle, and our heroes, whoever the hell they are, get ambushed and... well, it looks like a lot of stuff happens.  My short term memory was done for the day well before it was over.

Just Andrew turns in a nice solo riff of this one.  He's similar in voice to Josh Way, maybe not as smooth a performer, but still with entertaining jokes and a good sense of how to keep things fun.  He was the only reason I made it to the end of this film, even after my brain checked out halfway through.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/just-andrew-war-of-the-robots-vod ]
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