Mystery-Science Theater 3000

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In recent years it’s felt like the epic rift between jock and nerd has been healing quite a bit. So much so that, if you follow a movie geek on Twitter, it’s now just as likely that they’re going to be tweeting about the NFL on Sunday as it is that they’re going to be tweeting about the new theatrical film releases on Friday and Saturday. That’s not how it’s always been though. When I was young, nerds hated football and jocks hated nerd stuff, because that’s how god intended it. That’s why, for whole generations of nerd kids, Thanksgiving was an awful holiday that we had to celebrate by sitting around bored in living rooms full of our pants-unbuttoned relatives while everyone watched some snore-fest of a football game. That is, until Comedy Central decided to start playing huge blocks of episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 connected together with holiday-themed bumpers in 1991. The event was called Turkey Day, and it was good. With the advent of Turkey Day my childhood Thanksgivings went from distracting myself from football games by playing Gameboy to stealing away to whatever room contained a spare TV and a little bit of solitude so that I could gorge myself on cheesy movies and clever quips while everyone else gorged themselves on beige-colored food. The sad part of this story is that the wonderful tradition of Turkey Day only lasted until 1997, but the happy part is that a lot of MSTie diehards have […]

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“Movie Houses of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, reader Patrick Costello highlights one of his favorite theaters. His comments are those quoted. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor. The Colonial Theatre Location: 227 Bridge St. Phoenixville, PA Opened: 1903, as “The Colonial Opera House” — the first stage show was held September 5th and the first film program shown December 19th. After changing ownership through the decades and then a few years out of commission in the 1990s, it was restored and re-opened on October 1, 1999. No. of screens: 1 Current first-run titles: None, although they are currently showing the Oscar-nominated shorts (including the documentaries, which screen tomorrow night) and screen second-run films like This is Not a Film, which is showing this afternoon. And Silver Linings Playbook begins on February 15.

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This Week in DVD

Welcome back to This Week in DVD! It’s pretty slim pickings this week with the best release requiring a region-free player, but there are still a few titles worth a rental. Some of this week’s releases include David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Angelina Jolie’s In the Land Of Blood and Honey, the 80’s shocker Don’t Go in the House and more. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Yellow Sea (UK) A man finds himself in over his head with gambling debts and decides to head to Korea to look for his wife who went there months prior. The trip’s financiers task him with an assassination to wipe his debt clean, but what should have been a simple act becomes something far more complicated and messy. This is the first Korean production to be co-financed by a major US studio (Fox), but thankfully it seems to have had no negative effect on the finished product. Hong-jon Na’s film is just as wonderful and brutal as his debut, The Chaser, but it benefits from a deeper, more political story. Not to say it shies away from the action and violence… there is some spectacular bloodletting here in addition to gun/hatchet/fist fights and chases. **NOTE – This is a region2 DVD which requires either a region-free player or the willingness to watch on your PC.**

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Join us each week as Rob Hunter takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. And remember, these listings and category placements are meant as informational conversation starters only. But you can still tell Hunter how wrong he is in the comment section below. This week once again sees a healthy number of releases worth buying and renting and only a few that should be avoided like a leprous Jehovah’s Witness. The much talked about but little seen Scott Pilgrim vs the World hits shelves today alongside Criterion’s release of Antichrist, Grown Ups, Ticked Off Trannies With Knives, and a few TV shows including the first season of the BBC’s excellent Sherlock.

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This Week in DVD

Join us each week as Rob Hunter takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. And remember, these listings and category placements are meant as informational conversation starters only. But you can still tell Hunter how wrong he is in the comment section below. This week sees several new releases, but not one looks to be worth more than a rental fee. Some of the titles out this week include 8: The Mormon Proposition, Diary Of a Nymphomaniac, Parasomnia, Terribly Happy, Street Hawk: The Complete Series, and more. Check out all of this week’s relevant DVD releases after the jump…

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves taking bloody revenge on the bastards who who acted inappropriately towards his children. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. This week… Armored, Ninja Assassin, South park and more!

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves digging through dumpsters for cans and bottles to recycle. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs.

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From the comedy masterminds made famous by Mystery Science Theater 3000, comes more mockery, more bad films, and more sharp commentary in The Best of RiffTrax Volume 1.

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Officially Cool

A long, long time ago, I mentioned a twentieth anniversary set for Mystery Science Theater 3000. I am a huge fan of the series, and I did like the Film Crew spin-off. So when I was instructed by an FSR reader to check out some more stuff from the MST3K gang, I was floored.

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Officially Cool

I kind of missed the memo when the sets started coming out on DVD. So for people like me, other fans or newcomers to the show…this one is for you.

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This year is the 20th Anniversary of the classic comedy show Mystery-Science Theater 3000, and to celebrate, Shout! Factory is releasing a deluxe anniversary box sex. Series creator Joel Hodgson and producer Jim Mallon made their way to San Diego to promote the DVD release.

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