The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Friday, July 21, 2006

But Will It Be Funny (Y/N)?

I unfortunately got this news of Slashdot, which instantly makes it far less cool. But it seems that Michael J. Nelson, the pretty funny replacement for Joel Hodgeson, on MST3K can't stop the making fun of movies for a living.

Available for purchase now is the first of what is supposed to be a series of MP3's that, when played along with the movie, are supposed to provide the MST3K experience. The new service is called RiffTrax (don't blame me ... I didn't pick the X-TREME spelling). The first movie is Road House. You know it's good ... it's got the Swayze!

And yet, I don't know how well this will work without the 'Bots. One guy doing all the witty commentary for the entirety of the movie could get a little old. Plus, in MST3K they'd always edit the movies down so they probably showed maybe an hour and twenty minutes of the movie with breaks every 15 minutes, while this method has no such dividers.

Also, you have to provide the movie. So in the case of something like Road House, which I hopefully don't own, I'd also have to go rent it somewhere. But if they did this with movies I already own, I wouldn't mind paying $2 to get an extra 2 hours of entertainment out of it.

They also have a poll up asking what the next movie should be. I'm just hoping it's not Showgirls ... I think I lost my copy of that in the move.

Oh, and a YouTube movie in the full post of Joel Hodgeson's (moderately funny) old standup routine. Bonus: John Candy cameo!

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At 7/21/2006 9:27 AM, Blogger Chuckles said...

I am digging this idea. I might even put Roadhouse on my netflux for this.

At 7/21/2006 6:52 PM, Blogger mdhatter said...

i could see the rental deall working, but it would never be the same without crow.

At 7/24/2006 7:37 AM, Blogger Chuckles said...

The site does say that there may be guests.

I have been watching a bunch of MST3K shows from Netfilx and I have missed them.

Of course, the Venture Brothers have comforted me in my slump.


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