Required Reading: Dudesels in Distress and An MST3K Oral History

By  · Published on April 22nd, 2014

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“7 Dudes in Distress Who Needed Saving By Damsels” – Rob Bracken at io9 lists a bunch of bros who were in dire straits until the right woman came along to ensure they didn’t die a horrible, horrible death.

“Five of our favorites movies in movies” – Noel Murray and Matt Singer at The Dissolve get meta in honor of Sherlock Jr., but if you want to get even meta-ier, imagine combining their choices. Jack Slater would have murdered everyone in The Dueling Cavalier and then sung in the rain about it.

“10 most overrated movies of all time” – A lot of lists today, right? In this latest exercise in Rorschach criticism, Tim Robey at The Telegraph offers a strangely safe, curious tally of movies he doesn’t like as much as the consensus. What’s interesting (and really the only reason I’m linking to it) is the splay of his choices. Skyfall on the same list with Amarcord? It’s a weird mix of classics who have gotten a chance to be lionized and new films that are still sloughing off their hype to see if longevity lies underneath. This is the kind of piece that happens when the writer decides not to tackle the biggest names.

“This Guy Is Trying to Collect Every Single Copy of the Movie Speed on VHS” – Georgia Perry at Vice writes a perfect piece for Vice in which a hipster is asking for money to fix his van and drive around stealing tapes of Keanu Reeves shooting the hostage. Pro tip: never show this article to The Big Lebowski or any elderly family member who fought in an important war. Apparently the bums didn’t lose.

“Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece” – Brian Raftery at Wired delivers something every human being and most robots should read. An incredible, wondrous, surprising story about creating great film-based comedy.

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