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Offline MrCyNic

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Riffing a Good Movie...
« on: September 21, 2006, 02:32:09 PM »
I don't know what the general consensus on this is likely to be, but I actually really liked X-Men. I'm not fanatical about it, though, and I'm looking forward to hearing what Mike and Bill have to say about it.

After some downright painful experiences with previous Rifftrax targets (I always watch the movie "straight" once before sitting through it with the Rifftrax playing), I'd actually be quite pleased to see some more "good" movies being given the Rifftrax treatment.

Any thoughts?


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2006, 02:34:00 PM »
I've stated it elsewhere, but I'll state it here: Good, Bad- Riff 'em if you can make 'em funny. :^)


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2006, 02:36:32 PM »
Well put.


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2006, 02:55:45 PM »
I thought x-men was a good movie, but I have no problem with the riffing.  I'm looking forward to it.
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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2006, 05:24:48 PM »
I too thought X-Men was good, not a classic, but a fine piece of entertainment - and I look forward to a solid riffing.

Personally, I hope Mike & Co. present a mix of films - from clunkers to classics. Just as on MST3K, the bad films should be riffed because they are cinemtic dregs and deserve the razzing.  I think good or classic movies will make good riffing fun because it's a chance to have some fun with some famous characters and actors.

For example, I would love to hear riffs of

Citizen Kane

2001 (There is so little dialogue, it would be a riffer's dream)

Gone With the Wind

Taxi Driver (I'm still trying figure out why Travis Bickle took Cybill Shepherd' character to a porno film on their first date - I've read some theories on this but I don't buy 'em)

Apocalypse Now (Oh, the Brando and Dennis Hopper jokes!)

I could list many, many more.

So, I say keep the Roadhouses and Crossroadses coming, but throw in some quality films on occasion as well.


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2006, 06:05:18 PM »
I agree, riff anything.
But, like I've mentioned in another post:
http://rifftrax.com/smf/index.php?topic=318.0
I think the ones that work...or at least the ones that are funny, have to be cheesy or bad to begin with. There's just more material to work with.

IMHO, I think xmen will be allright...a novelty since Bill is joining in. But I bet Top Gun is funnier...just because its cheesy to begin with.


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2006, 06:15:45 PM »
I'm going to sit and wait on the verdict on this one though. Same with top gun, its another movie that I've seen that cant imagine would be funny riffed (despite its cheeze).


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2006, 06:19:31 AM »
I know personally, I'll make fun of even movies I like a lot... I thought X-men was pretty alright, but I am looking forward to the riffing, for sure.
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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2006, 06:37:39 AM »
I have my hopes up on Mike riffing The Lord of the Rings

I was told it will be a long while though.. but the application is still there


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2006, 12:02:48 PM »
I am looking forward to the riffing, for sure.

Definitely. Of all the Rifftrax released so far, I think this is the one I've looked forward to the most. Something about the combination of a film I know quite well (and am quite favourably disposed to) and the particular riffing team of Mike and Bill going to work on it - it all just seems to fit, somehow.

Can't be long now...


Cheers,

Cy.


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2006, 01:21:43 PM »
I agree, riff anything.
But, like I've mentioned in another post:
http://rifftrax.com/smf/index.php?topic=318.0
I think the ones that work...or at least the ones that are funny, have to be cheesy or bad to begin with. There's just more material to work with.

IMHO, I think xmen will be allright...a novelty since Bill is joining in. But I bet Top Gun is funnier...just because its cheesy to begin with.

I agree but - I think there are two camps that work well for this situation. The ones that are cheesy and take themselves seriously, and the ones that are beyond the realm of reality and still take themselves seriously. This one is a good example, I think, because it features - as the description states - people with weird names who can leap around doing extraordinary things in black leather jumpsuits.

When you step out of the X-Men canon - if you were someone who had never heard of comic books, movies, etc. - this would seem like the cheesiest / dumbest thing ever. Personally I think it's going to be very interesting and, I'm sure, very funny.


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2006, 03:28:43 PM »
I don't know what the general consensus on this is likely to be, but I actually really liked X-Men. I'm not fanatical about it, though, and I'm looking forward to hearing what Mike and Bill have to say about it.

I would not like to see a truly good movie get riffed. For example, I probably would not purchase a Rifftrax of my favorite movies, like Chocolat or Open Range. The history of riffing movies has been that these are bad movies that deserve ridicule. You can't ignore the whole MST3K pretext here. Rifftrax is clearly an outgrowth from MST3K. So, I would hope that MN is not riffing movies that he actually believes are good. That would strike me as simply malevolent. You don't make fun of something you really value and enjoy. It would be like making fun of your wife just to be making fun of her. That's mean.

As for X-Men, I didn't think it was a particularly good movie. So I'm open to being convinced of its cheese.
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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2006, 03:35:24 PM »
Just synching it up now with Sharecrow. From the tiny snippets I've heard, it looks promising...


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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2006, 03:47:34 PM »
Just synching it up now with Sharecrow. From the tiny snippets I've heard, it looks promising...

Let us know what settings you used for Sharecrow.  I used the following:



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Re: Riffing a Good Movie...
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2006, 04:31:22 PM »
Let us know what settings you used for Sharecrow.

Sure. I'm using the PAL version of the Rifftrax, so mine times out a little differently:

File Playback Range From: 0:01:45.250
End: 1:33:46.000

These settings work on my main PC. I've had to tweak them slightly so they work on my laptop, though. Here are the settings for that:

File Playback Range From: 0:01:45.400
End: 1:33:46.000

I won't have a chance to listen to the Rifftrax all the way through until tomorrow, but those settings synch up DA's first and last lines just about perfectly. I usually find that Sharecrow gives me a small amount of drift (half a second or less) around the middle of any given film, but works its way back into synch by the end. I've never found any of the individual jokes so time-critical that these slight, temporary drifts have mattered.

Hope that's helpful to someone...

Cheers,

Cy.