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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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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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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2270 on: August 17, 2020, 02:33:06 PM »
Cinester Theater - "Total Recall" (1990) -- Arnold Schwartzenegger is a man who seems like he has it all -- a wife who looks like Sharon Stone, a job where he gets to break things with a jackhammer all day, and a dream of going to Mars and mugging until his eyes pop out.  Then he gets put into a zap-o-matic, learns he's really a Martian superspy whose mind got erased because reasons, and he can now make his Martian eye-popping dreams come true.  And you wondered why Philip K. Dick was so paranoid.

This was a really fun riff from Cinester Theater.  It was helped in part by how fun the movie itself is, something I'd forgotten about in the many years since I last saw it (which, I think, was actually in the theater in 1990--have I mentioned I'm old?).  CT does a great job here, as they so often do, at delivering lines and pacing that fit their movie like a glove.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/cinester-theater-presents-total-recall ]

Michael Ruffino - "Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space pt 1" -- The Doctor, having been made to regenerate into looking like John Pertwee, arrives on Earth and promptly collapses.  Meanwhile, meteorites make British character actors act weirder than usual.

This was Michael Ruffino's only iRiff, and since it was a riff on a Doctor Who episode featuring my favorite 'classic' Doctor, I was hoping for good things.  Unfortunately, I ended up not caring for it much.  The riffs were sparse, and when they did turn up, they were kind of underwhelming.  YMMV, of course.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/doctor-who-spearhead-from-space-part-1 ]
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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2271 on: September 02, 2020, 12:47:57 PM »
Riff Raff Theater - "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" -- Legendary adventurer and script-meddler Alan Quartermain (played here by George Lazenb... er... *checks notes* Sean Connery? That can't be right...) is recruited into the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, along with Dr. Jekyll, Nemo, Dorian Gray, Mina Dracula, an Invisible Guy, and Little Nell (I think).  They contend with "M" (an unrecognizable Judy Dench) for control of the world at the end of the 19th century.

I saw this movie in the theaters when it came out in '03, and soon forgot most everything about it except how clunky and badly-written it was.  Seeing it again a couple weeks ago with the Riff Raff Theater riff... well, that's all I remember about the movie this time, too.  But the riff itself was hilarious, and made this big loaf go down easy.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/riff-raff-theater-the-league-of-extraordinary-gentlemen ]

Insert Coin(s) to Continue - "Bram Stoker's Dracula" -- In this prequel to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, we get to see how Winona Ryder became Mina Dracula, how Keanu Reeves almost put a stake through his career, how Anthony Hopkins picked up an easy paycheck, and how Gary Oldman came to be really, really cynical about Hollywood.  Sadly, Dracula's hair-butt never worked again after this one.

This was my first Insert Coin(s) riff, and I enjoyed it a lot.  Even while watching with one eye on the screen and another on some work I was doing, the solo riffer here provoked laughs, chuckles, and grins from me throughout.  The movie was every bit as much a piece of work as I remembered, and the jokes made it a lot more fun to revisit.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/bram-stokers-dracula ]
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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2272 on: September 18, 2020, 06:39:33 AM »
Ghosts on the Big Brown Couch - "Green Lantern" (Theatrical Cut) -- Fleeing an onslaught of unconvincing CGI, a member of the Green Lantern corps crash lands on Earth, where he convinces Ryan Reynolds that, songs to the contrary, it's easy being green.  He's then forced to defend Earth against... *checks notes*... 'the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions.'  Which is tricky to bring to the screen, so they just mutated Peter Sarsgaard and called it good.  (Taika Waititi, meanwhile, lurks in the background, taking notes on what *not* to do when he directs a superhero movie.)

I'm surprised this film hasn't been riffed more often -- it's mix of large slabs of poorly exposited backstory and joyless CGI action sequences practically begs for more.  Ghosts on the Big Brown Couch has a lot of fun taking this one down, as I did listening to them.  The animated intro and outro sets up some interesting plot advancement as well.

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Aaron Bossig - "Super Mario Brothers" -- Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, and some other unfortunate actors scream things at one another for nearly two hours, while things explode and ooze and 'jolly' music insists, against all evidence, that this is fun.  Before this movie, I used to like dinosaurs and mushrooms, and was at least neutral towards plumbers.  Not anymore.

A movie this loudly and inescapably bad needs a strong riff to keep me from holding my head and groaning.  Sadly... this was not it.  It wasn't the writing, exactly, as there were some fairly good jokes in it, but there was too much dead space in between them.  With none of the momentum that comes from pacing, even the good ones barely elicited a smirk from me, sorry to say.

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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2273 on: September 30, 2020, 10:36:48 AM »
Drawback Productions - "Dexter S7 E1: 'Are You...?'" -- Last time... on... Dexter!  Dexter stabs the serial killer he was trying to save, gets caught by his sister-slash-love-interest, and arouses suspicion in a loudly-dressed colleague.  Now, in the season 7 premiere, he plans to head for the hills, but stays around due to his compulsion to kill Ukrainian mob guys with bad accents.

As deeply implausible as this show is, and as seriously draggy as it was at this point, I do have a lot of love for it.  It's strange how I can enjoy a riff of a show I like, sometimes more than those for shows I don't care for.  This one by Drawback Productions is a great example--they're unsparing with it, but I laughed all the same.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/drawback-productions-presents-dexter-season-7-episode-1 ]

Knights of Tuve Hall - "Big Trouble in Little China" -- Kurt Russell's angry.  His truck's been stolen, an ancient sorcerer's trying to make time with his green-eyed love interest, and everyone around him is kung fu fighting and being a little bit frightening.  Fortunately, he's only mostly dumb-as-a-post, and has the screenwriter on his side.

The Knights of Tuve Hall turn in a fairly good riff on this comic action flick, despite the underwhelming quality of the recording.  It rightfully hits the stereotypes the film engages in (and sends up), without taking them too seriously.  They go for the easy jokes a bit more often than I'd like, but overall, their commentary is a fun companion for a fun movie.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/big-trouble-in-little-china ]
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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2274 on: October 16, 2020, 12:50:31 PM »
Josh Way - "Fun with Shorts Vol. 5" -- Josh Way returns to riff another informative and weirdly disturbing set of shorts.  In this volume, he takes on the behavioral-shaming of "Toward Emotional Maturity" and "You and Your Family", the health-shaming of "Told By a Tooth" and "Eat for Health", and the work-shaming of "You and Your Work" and "Bus Nut".  Also included is his chapter (11) of the round-robin riff of the Lost City serial.

This was another good set of short riffs from Josh.  "Told by a Tooth" was my favorite of this lot--a strange short accompanied by well-timed jabs.  A couple of the shorts in this volume are available from the iRiffs site.

[ https://shop.joshway.com/shop/product/fun-with-shorts-volume-5/ ]
[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/fun-with-shorts-double-shot-you-and-your-workbus-nut (two of the shorts from this volume) ]

J.C. Walsh - "Red Riding Hood" (2014) -- Red Riding Hood is all grown up, and in a love triangle with a couple blandly-handsome guys who may or may not be werewolves, and may or may not sparkle.  Stop me if you've heard this one before.  If-- *is stopped by everyone everywhere*

Kidding aside, this wasn't such a tough watch as the Twilight movies.  Tedious love triangle aside, it at least tries to dig into the darker aspects of the fairy tale, and has some great imagery in a few stretches.  J.C. Walsh mocks its faults hilariously with his riff, and its unfortunate I've now run out of riffs from him to look forward to.

[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/red-riding-hood ]
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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2275 on: October 30, 2020, 12:08:26 PM »
Rabbit Ears - "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon" -- A scientist on the run from the Nazis escapes to Britain, where he helps the British war effort by being completely unhelpful about how his great new secret weapon gets put together.  Basil Rathbone shows up to be droll at the enemy and solve the case.

This was an early riff from Rabbit Ears, and showed improvement over their uneven first two.  The comedy on scene breaks mostly works, and the riffs themselves are consistently fun.  If you like Sherlock riffs, it's worth checking out.

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Ronin Fox Trax - "Star Trek: Nemesis" -- In the 24th century, Earth is well cared for.  But on Romulus, there's scenery for miles and miles that has, through no fault of the Romulans, gone unchewed.  To rectify this, they clone Jean-Luc Picard, make him look like Tom Hardy, spin him around and let him go.  Plus there are spaceships shooting at one another.  You know how it is.

This was a thoroughly entertaining riff from Ronin Fox Trax on a film that, until it was a third of the way through, I had confused with Insurrection.  (What can I say, it's been a long time since I watched either.)  Obviously, a few of the jokes are dated, since this was recorded well before the Picard series came about and picked up the loose ends from the TNG Trek movies, but mainly they still hold up.

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[ https://gumroad.com/l/RFTnem ]
[ https://www.rifftrax.com/iriff/ronin-fox-trax-star-trek-nemesis ]
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Re: iJust Finished Watching
« Reply #2276 on: November 13, 2020, 01:18:29 PM »
Ice on Mars - "Pack of Briefs Vol. 1" -- In the short film "Girls Beware," we watch a young girl going about her daily routine, while hoards of perverts swarm the landscape like greasier-than-usual zombies.  If only she had some Whirlpool appliances handy, since as we see in "Mother Takes a Holiday part 1," they make everything instantly better.  Michael T. Bradley and guest riffers Vanalys and Cindy Ward are very funny in taking apart these very different, yet very fifties shorts.

[ https://orderoftheleague.com/collections/ice-on-mars/products/pack-of-briefs-vol-1 ]

Ice on Mars - "Pack of Briefs Vol. 2" -- Michael is joined here by Scix Maddix riffing four more shorts.  They make a great riffing team, but with varied results here.  "220 Blues," about a black track athlete, is hit-and-miss, maybe due to how unfocused the short itself is.   "The ABCs of Sexual Education for Trainables" was better, but also felt like it was holding back.  "Goodbye to Garbage," about the joy of garbage disposals, was fun, but the best of the four was "Who Cares?", a hysterical riff on a very indifferent child.

[ https://orderoftheleague.com/collections/ice-on-mars/products/copy-of-pack-of-briefs-vol-2 ]

SRD's Movie Night - "Star Trek: Insurrection" -- The Enterprise crew is drawn to a backwater world by a malfunctioning Data and a chance to sing show tunes.  They find cosmetic-surgery-obsessed aliens, a slumming F. Murray Abraham, a rogue Federation admiral's convoluted radiation-harvesting plot, and a village that makes them happy and horny.  Er... Khaaaaaaaaaaan?

This riff continues the trend of SRD's commentaries to tilt more towards talking about (and sometimes over) the movie, and away from riffing.  I wasn't quite so keen on it this time around--not sure if it was the weakness of the movie itself (which bore frequent commentary) or how it felt like the riffs were getting crowded out.

Note: SRD's riffs appear to have disappeared from his site, even though the links are still up.  The below link is for if this one ever comes back.

[ https://movienight.sugarraydodge.com/2016/03/23/episode-6-star-trek-insurrection/ ]
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