June 28th, 2016 was a very special night because it was the release of the Rifftrax Live: MST3K Reunion. Rifftrax celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary; a history of 200 movies, 250 shorts and it’s 20th live Fathom Event. However that’s not the only thing celebrated because it was also a reunion of the old Mystery Science Theater Read more about Rifftrax Live: MST3K Reunion – Movie Review[…]
2016 is almost halfway through and so I’d thought it would be fun to look back 10 years and see what films came out that not many people seem to talk about any more and may have slipped past your radar but are certainly worth giving a watch (or a purchase). So let’s jump in the wayback machine and go to 2006 and look at 10 hidden film gems from 10 years ago!
I got a chance to check out Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers Thursday May 5th and it was hilarious! You may be asking what is the difference between Rifftrax Live and regular Rifftrax? Well Rifftrax Live is a Live unedited show put on by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett that is simulcast as part of a Fathom Events special to hundreds of movie theaters across the United States and Canada. They’ve done 20 specials so far and I have been to practically all of them (I have only missed Miami Connection due to some unforeseen circumstances). This particular time they decided to re-riff the Mystery Science Theater 3000 “classic” Time Chasers. This time for the big screen Time Chasers is being shown remastered in widescreen and is the original cut. The MST3K version edited about 10 minutes out of it for the TV broadcast. Was it worth checking out?
Happy Life Day and May the 4th be with you! What is Life Day? Well it’s the Wookie holiday of course, proudly and prominently featured in the Star Wars Holiday Special. I’m pretty sure most people have heard of Star Wars, but it is amazing just how many people have not seen (or even heard of) the Star Wars Holiday Special. A big reason for this is that it has never been officially released on home video format. Does it deserve your attention?
Earth Day was established 46 years ago on April 22nd. It’s goal was to put environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness. However people caring about the environment didn’t just start in 1970. Today while thinking about the planet you could pause to remember the humor, the determination and the passion of Sir David Attenborough who said: “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement. The greatest source of visual beauty. The greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
Long before you youngsters had “Netflix and Chill” we had “Cable and Complain” in the 90’s. That’s where you’d watch a movie on TV with a date and then complain that nothing was on or how boring the movie was.
A short time ago we posted a Blu-ray review of the Chuck Norris film Breaker! Breaker!. Basically it was an average Chuck Norris B-movie about driving trucks, kicking ass and general riffraff with no consequences. All in all a pretty forgettable 70’s movie with just a few hints of unintended humor to be found. While watching it I actually said out loud “this would have made a perfect Mystery Science Theater movie”. Well one e-mail later and my dreams have come true.
Bandits is a fun movie about bank robbery, phobias and love triangles directed by Barry Levinson (Sphere, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man). I saw this when it came out way back in 2001 and was eager to revisit it on Blu-ray since I had good memories associated with the film. How did that trip down memory lane turn out?
Breaker! Breaker! came out the same year as Star Wars, Eraserhead, Annie Hall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Spy Who Loved Me. It wouldn’t be difficult to conclude that many people haven’t heard of, much less seen, this flick ostensibly about truck drivers. I mean it wasn’t even the biggest trucker movie of that year, that award goes to Smokey and the Bandit. So the question is: Does Breaker Breaker belong in your Blu-ray collection?