riffing the pandemic

Rifftrax Live Stranger Things

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m a big fan of Rifftrax Live. Well, this whole lockdown/antisocial distancing thing has thrown a monkey wrench into this year’s scheduled shows. Hopefully we’ll get to see those later in the year. They had two lined up: Hobgoblins (a cheesy Gremlins ripoff) and Amityville: The Evil Escapes. Looking forward to those.

In the meantime, the Rifftrax guys have set up a virtual live show that’s scheduled for tonight. They’ll be riffing the first episode of the Netflix series Stranger Things. To watch, you’ll need a Netflix account, a chrome browser and an extension for an app called Scener. You can get all the details here.

New entertainment is hard to come by right now, so I’m not going to miss this opportunity for a few laughs.

rifftrax – 10th anniversary

As my regular readers know, I am a huge Rifftrax fan. This month marks the 10th anniversary of the movie-riffing comedy troupe. To celebrate, the fine folks at RT have put together a highlight reel. Here it is. Enjoy.

The next Rifftrax Live show is scheduled for August 18. The boys will be riffing the Japanese monster classic Mothra. I’m planning to attend, and this time I’ll be dragging my brother along for his first Rifftrax Live show. Should be epic.

Rifftrax Mothra

rifftrax live – the room

RT-LIve_TheRoom

Finally, after five long months, it’s time for another Rifftrax Live event. Tonight, the boys will be riffing The Room, which has been called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” I’ll be there to see it, just as I have for the previous six live events. There’s an encore showing next week, if you want to go but can’t make it tonight. I can’t recommend these show too much. I’ve had a great time at every one I’ve been to. Here’s the trailer for tonight’s show.

rifftrax live – 2015

The fine folks at Rifftrax have set up a Kickstarter to raise money for four live shows in 2015. They wound up hitting their $75,000 goal in less than 24 hours. Now they’re working toward their stretch goal of $250k. They’re past the halfway point with 24 days to go. Among the movies they plan to riff is Sharknado 2. I’m hoping that if they hit the 250k-mark, they’ll give us a fifth movie, like they did in 2014 (Anaconda, it was awesome!).

If you’re still not clear on what this whole movie riffing thing is all about, here’s a sample of one of Rifftrax’s latest efforts, for sale on their website. It’s a riff on a piece of 80s sci-fi cheese called Alien Outlaw. One of the stars is B-movie cowboy Lash La Rue.

rifftrax – worst movies of 2014

RT-Logo

As 2014 drew to a close, the fine folks over at Rifftrax conducted a poll to determine the worst movies of the year. With over a quarter million votes in, here are the Rifftrax’s Worst Movies of 2014. More than a few of these films are big-budget “blockbusters.” I wonder of there’s a lesson in that for Hollywood… For the record, I have not seen any of those movies, not a one.

If you’re still not clued in to what these Rifftrax people are all about, here’s a sample of their latest, riffs on the movie Wonder Women:

rifftrax live – santa claus

RT-SantaClaus

A week from this Thursday — that’s December 4th, for the calendar-challenged — it’ll be time for another Rifftrax Live event. This time they’ll be riffing on that 1959 holiday classic, Santa Claus. This will be my sixth Rifftrax event. I just love these things. If you’re looking for a break from the hectic holiday shopping thing, you ought to consider going. Everyone should be out of their Thanksgiving turkey-comas by then.

thanksgiving just got better

MST3K

Good news for MST3K fans: Joel Hodgson, the show’s creator/original star, will be hosting an MST3K Turkey Day Marathon again. Twelve hours of classic riffs from Joel, Mike, and the bots. The MST3K-TDM starts at 9 AM EST, and will be streamed online by Shout! Factory, the company that produces the show’s DVD collection. I watched some of the marathon last year. It included some of my favorites, like Space Mutiny and The Final Sacrifice. There were also episodes I had never seen before, like the riff of Mitchell, starring Joe Don Baker. I’m sure this year’s selections will be every bit as good. Here’s a link to the MST3K Youtube channel, where they’ll be streaming the marathon.

rifftrax live – anaconda

RT-Anaconda

Thursday’s the night. The boys from Rifftrax will be giving Anaconda a good riffing. If you’re planning to go, you might want to grab your tickets now, before they’re all gone. I picked mine up last week. No sense taking any chances. Here’s the trailer, if you’re interested.

If you’re still not sure what this whole riffing thing’s about, here’s a smaple of the boys giving the treatment to “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”