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  1. jay
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    This movie scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a kid and saw it on PROJECT TERROR!!! All it did to my little brother was put him to sleep.

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  2. A Film Crew re-tread.

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  3. mst3kme
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    According to Bill on his Twitter, Rifftrax will soon release a VOD of a film featuring Robert Davi.

    Some Twitters have guessed it’s “Showgirls” (not likely I think due to the porn) or “License to Kill” (doubtful—it’s one of the better Bond movies).

    My guess is “Traxx.” Look it up. :-)

    Bill stated that an announcement is coming about it in two weeks.

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  4. The Original EricJ
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    the_elusive_robert_denby:
    A Film Crew re-tread.

    Good, maybe they can go back through all the public-domain Film Crew titles, now that Kevin isn’t so obsessed about trying to fit Renfest jokes into each and every one of them.

    I’m guessing the default urge to use the B-word every time Peter Graves appears on screen may have also since cooled, but I doubt it….A&E jokes will live on long after A&E itself is gone.

    mst3kme:
    According to Bill on his Twitter, Rifftrax will soon release a VOD of a film featuring Robert Davi.
    Some Twitters have guessed it’s “Showgirls” (not likely I think due to the porn) or “License to Kill” (doubtful—it’s one of the better Bond movies).
    My guess is “Traxx.” Look it up. :-)

    As long as it isn’t “Son of the Pink Panther”, everything’s fine.
    (Which, y’know, it could be, now that they’re all PD–Although if M&tB had wanted to vent their spleens at Roberto Benigni, we’d have had the Pinocchio movie long ago, just on reputation.)

    And only ONE poster on this board–or the planet–would ever say “Licence to Kill” was a “good” Bond movie.
    Let’s just say the worst thing about “Quantum of Solace” was that it reminded me why I hated Licence.

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  5. mst3kme
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    Eric J.:

    Which films would you recommend for Rifftrax?

    Put your money where your big mouth is.

    The Original EricJ: Good, maybe they can go back through all the public-domain Film Crew titles, now that Kevin isn’t so obsessed about trying to fit Renfest jokes into each and every one of them.

    I’m guessing the default urge to use the B-word every time Peter Graves appears on screen may have also since cooled, but I doubt it….A&E jokes will live on long after A&E itself is gone.

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  6. The Original EricJ
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    mst3kme:
    Which films would you recommend for Rifftrax?
    Put your money where your big mouth is.

    I WOULDN’T. Every time I read a hysterically overcompensating attempt to make a public-domain “Farm Animals” school short sound like the next cult-wacky Ice Cream Bunny, just because it was all they could dig up on Amazon Prime that week, I recommend, “Retirement, before MK&B turn into some comics’ version of Celebrity Apprentice”.

    (Yes, I know you “saw that coming”…I’m just curious why you even asked.)

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  7. mst3kme
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    Eric J.:

    From rottentomatoes.com:

    “License to Kill”

    77%

    Reviews Counted: 52
    Fresh: 40
    Rotten: 12
    Critics Consensus: License to Kill is darker than many of the other Bond entries, with Timothy Dalton playing the character with intensity, but it still has some solid chases and fight scenes.

    As long as it isn’t “Son of the Pink Panther”, everything’s fine.
    (Which, y’know, it could be, now that they’re all PD–Although if M&tB had wanted to vent their spleens at Roberto Benigni, we’d have had the Pinocchio movie long ago, just on reputation.)

    And only ONE poster on this board–or the planet–would ever say “Licence to Kill” was a “good” Bond movie.
    Let’s just say the worst thing about “Quantum of Solace” was that it reminded me why I hated Licence.

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  8. mst3kme
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    Eric J.:

    I thought perhaps with your rampant know-it-allism, you could try to rack that angry, bitter mind of yours and come up with some suggestions of riffable movies for Rifftrax.

    And, no, I didn’t see your mention of “Celebrity Apprentice” coming.

    You *do* realize that is a triggering statement.

    The Original EricJ: I WOULDN’T.Every time I read a hysterically overcompensating attempt to make a public-domain “Farm Animals” school short sound like the next cult-wacky Ice Cream Bunny, just because it was all they could dig up on Amazon Prime that week, I recommend, “Retirement, before MK&B turn into some comics’ version of Celebrity Apprentice”.

    (Yes, I know you “saw that coming”…I’m just curious why you even asked.)

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  9. DaveJ3k
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    mst3kme:
    Eric J.:

    From rottentomatoes.com:

    “License to Kill”

    77%

    Reviews Counted: 52
    Fresh: 40
    Rotten: 12
    Critics Consensus: License to Kill is darker than many of the other Bond entries, with Timothy Dalton playing the character with intensity, but it still has some solid chases and fight scenes.

    “License to Kill” is a good Bond movie. So that’s more than one person or poster on this board saying that. Once again, The Orig is wrong. Why am I not surprised?? And, staying on the topic, I’m looking forward to seeing the new treatment of Killers From Space.

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  10. privateiron
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    License to Kill is a HORRIBLE Bond movie. It might be an OK movie in a general sense, but it is definitely not a good BOND movie. Even bad Bond movies are better “Bond movies” than movies which ostensibly have James Bond in them, but are actually some horrible Miami Vice hybrid. It is also not good enough to justify being an outlier.

    Fortunately for me, my agreement with Eric is still pretty limited even here. “Quantum” is a) nothing like “License” and b) an otherwise decent movie, with a few glaring flaws like horrendous action editing/cinematography. It suffers mainly from not being as good as “Casino,” but it does have an amazing take on the “Bond girl” and it does finally address the idea that 007 does not necessarily work for the “good guys” in all circumstances.

    Taking a break from our usual discussion of all thing Bondian, is the Rifftrack distinct enough from the Film Crew and funny enough to warrant a second purchase?

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  11. goalieboy82
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    mst3kme:
    According to Bill on his Twitter, Rifftrax will soon release a VOD of a film featuring Robert Davi.

    Some Twitters have guessed it’s “Showgirls” (not likely I think due to the porn) or “License to Kill” (doubtful—it’s one of the better Bond movies).

    My guess is “Traxx.” Look it up. :-)

    Bill stated that an announcement is coming about it in two weeks.

    this maybe:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorcerer%27s_Apprentice_(2002_film)

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  12. mst3kme
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    Goalieboy82:

    Ooh, this sounds interesting.

    Thanks for including the link.

    At first, I had thought of the Nicolas Cage film, but this movie seems to be a doozy.

    goalieboy82: this maybe:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorcerer%27s_Apprentice_(2002_film)

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  13. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    Killers From Space… is that the one with awkward and extreme closeups of the actors?

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  14. DiscoJer
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    Killers from Space is the only Film Crew I like. I will concede some of the humor is perhaps dated, since no one knows what Biography is anymore. But I do, so it’s still funny.

    I would guess the Robert Davi film they do is Absolute Aggression (or its sequel), simply because it’s from Amsell Entertainment, whose films they’ve already done before (Rock N Roll Nightmare and McBain). OTOH, it’s been a while since they’ve done though, so maybe not.

    Hope it’s Body Count, since that has Sonny Chiba as well.

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  15. The Original EricJ
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    privateiron:
    License to Kill is a HORRIBLE Bond movie.It might be an OK movie in a general sense, but it is definitely not a good BOND movie.Even bad Bond movies are better “Bond movies” than movies which ostensibly have James Bond in them, but are actually some horrible Miami Vice hybrid.It is also not good enough to justify being an outlier.

    Fortunately for me, my agreement with Eric is still pretty limited even here.“Quantum” is a) nothing like “License”

    Bond gets his Licence revoked for going rogue-revenge, tracks down some thoroughly unmemorable villain grabbed from current real-world headlines to try and “modernize” the franchise, who killed his partner/significant other, and basically comes off like a sour Liam Neeson thug when he isn’t working for queen and country? Quantum was a freakin’ REMAKE.

    goalieboy82: this maybe:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorcerer%27s_Apprentice_(2002_film)

    Let’s see:
    Cheap direct-video fantasy film?
    Showed up on Amazon Prime in the last month?
    …Yep, we have our cigar.

    (I kept wondering whether they’d already done “The Last Leprechaun” off of David Lister’s filmography, but have a feeling that one’s next.)

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  16. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    As I’ve said before, if they just feel absolutely COMPELLED to re-use a film, they could at least bring in a different riffer or two (or three). We KNOW that Trace, Frank, Joel, Bridget, Mary Jo, and even Jonah are somewhere in the wings. We’re onto them.

    mst3kme:
    Eric J.:

    Put your money where your big mouth is.

    I thought about going for the obvious joke but ultimately decided to take the high road.

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  17. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Maybe they’ll follow “Killers from Space” with “Attack of Serial Killers from Outer Space.”

    Oh, who’m I kidding, no, they won’t…

    (Yes, it’s a real movie, why would I make up something like that? HOW could I make up something like that?)

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  18. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    I wouldn’t venture to guess how Eric would choose a “better” film for Rifftrax since I have no idea why he dislikes its films so much (and yet just CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT IT) to begin with.

    IMHO Film Crew had the disadvantage of tedious “host segments” (and a backstory that might as well have not been there for all the effect it had) but the advantage of not limiting itself to “genre” films. At least that once, with “Hollywood After Dark.”

    And, of course, for every “non-genre” film riffed by a bunch of Brains, there are dozens more waiting to see the light of day. As with “After Dark” director John Hayes (who literally has dozens, i.e. one dozen and another dozen, more films to his “credit”):

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0371080/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

    ADDENDUM

    Oh and dull surprise, “Hollywood After Dark”‘s, for lack of a better word, star Tony Vorno appeared in a lot of Hayes’ other work. Yes, Hayes and Vorno, like Scorcese and DeNiro…or Francis and Cardoza…

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0097121/?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm

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  19. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Wow, 3 Likes aside from my own (because if you don’t like yourself…) on that post already. :-)

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  20. GareChicago
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    The Original EricJ: Good, maybe they can go back through all the public-domain Film Crew titles…

    I agree – that would be awesome! Mike and Kevin and Bill really are great – I’m glad you’re starting to see it now!

    Gare

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  21. The Original EricJ
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    touches no one's life, then leaves:
    I wouldn’t venture to guess how Eric would choose a “better” film for Rifftrax since I have no idea why he dislikes its films so much (and yet just CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT IT) to begin with.
    IMHO Film Crew had the disadvantage of tedious “host segments” (and a backstory that might as well have not been there for all the effect it had) but the advantage of not limiting itself to “genre” films. At least that once, with “Hollywood After Dark.”

    And Cinematic Titanic had an almost identical backstory at first (remember the “Underground bunker”, and the movies also being riffed for their boss’s no-particular-reason?), before they got sick of it too, and switched to all live-concert videos–Where the audience provided more concert energy, more immersive experience for those who weren’t there, and a better “laughtrack”.

    If we can say that one Rifftrax was “better” (ie. less obnoxious) than another, their Live shows seem to be more watchable than their “Get into a room and beat up on a 50’s farm-animal short” studio riffs, since comedy is funnier when it’s not in a vacuum. I remember one late-night TV show that was on so late, it had standup comics literally telling their routines to a canned laughtrack, and to those who enjoy good comedy, the result was one of the most painful onstage humiliations you will ever witness–Although, from their work, I doubt Mike or Bill would have much problem with it.

    And the reason I bring up Titanic vs. Film Crew is…..that strange tease at the end of Netflix S12, where Jonah is going back to Earth to join the “Deep Hurting Live Tour”.
    If we do get a Season 13 Netflix-MST3K from Hodgson, my psychic powers predict what form it will take.

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  22. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Hm. I see.

    Apropos of nothing, just curious, do people In Real Life tend to find you as obnoxious as almost everyone in this forum finds you?

    Thanks for your time.

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  23. The Original EricJ
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    (Oh, like your posts have ever logically followed the discussion…) ;)

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  24. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    I asked you a question, sir.

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  25. mst3kme
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    Touches:

    I think that’s the only time that Eric J. has been referred to as “sir” without the preceding sentence, “You’re making a scene.”

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    I asked you a question, sir.

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  26. GareChicago
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    mst3kme:
    Touches:

    I think that’s the only time that Eric J. has been referred to as “sir” without the preceding sentence, “You’re making a scene.”

    Where’s the “laugh” button when you need it.

    In any event, the answer is – yes. People *would* find him as obnoxious, if they could stand to be around him.

    Eric – improve your account. You were doing well there for a while. Don’t slip back into this mire of little boy jealousy (because that’s *exactly* how we all see it, son).

    Gare

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  27. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    GareChicago:
    In any event, the answer is – yes. People *would* find him as obnoxious

    I didn’t ask him if people would find him obnoxious, I asked him if people do, currently, find him obnoxious. I presume that he doesn’t presently exist in his own private dimension.

    ;-)

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  28. Mr. Krasker
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    touches no one’s life, then leaves: I didn’t ask him if people would find him obnoxious, I asked him if people do, currently, find him obnoxious. I presume that he doesn’t presently exist in his own private dimension.

    ;-)

    After reading his posts all these years, I can only assume that he DOES exist in his own private dimension.

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  29. Tim S. Turner
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    Jesus, Eric. Do you ever not bitch about Rifftrax? WE GET IT. You don’t like Rifftrax. Lots of people do. No one needs to hear your whining every single time they post a Rifftrax announcement.

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  30. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    He doesn’t think we need to hear him whining.

    He KNOWS we don’t need to hear him whining.

    That’s Why He Whines. IMHO he only comes here to irritate people and there seems little room to doubt that he succeeds admirably every single time.

    I’m not even convinced that he genuinely likes MST3K in any form whatsoever.

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