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Entries from December 2008

My name is legion

December 16th, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 79 Comments

We have, as we so often do, a new RiffTrax available, this one for Harry Potter Battles the Pink Robots, I think.

If you’ve any familiarity with the Harry Potter universe — and you do — (if not, see here, and here) then you know that it is crammed to bursting with characters weighted with immensely [...]

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Gruel: It’s what’s for dinner

December 16th, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 30 Comments

This holiday season, why not forego the traditional ham and turkey that Big Christmas says you have to eat, and instead serve your family a delicious holiday classic of yesteryear:  Gruel!

People don’t think about Gruel too often these days, so when a friend mentioned the other day that she knew a guy in college who [...]

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The Contest Contest.

December 15th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 156 Comments

Last week marked a full year for me here at the Rifftrax Blog. I know, it seems more like a decade, what with all we’ve been through together: the pictures of Joey Pants, the bacon, the additional pictures of Joey Pants…
And the contests. I’m always impressed by the level of [...]

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Christmastime has come. For YOU.

December 13th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 45 Comments

RUN!!!!!

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It’s-a me, Ridiculous Dialogue!

December 12th, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 48 Comments

The list of Super Mario related quotes I just stumbled across has some real doozies on it.  The fact that many of them are probably rough translations makes it all the better.  There are no sources provided, and anyone can submit one, but even if quotes like these are fake, I still salute the effort [...]

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Give ‘em a hand

December 12th, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 24 Comments

RiffTrax is a pretty small, home-grown operation. From our tiny offices in San Diego we choose the films we are going to riff, then we phone our tiny branch office in Qingdao, China and they do the rest. About a week later, they put a fully produced RiffTrax up on our FTP site, we take [...]

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BD Live goes live!

December 12th, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 12 Comments

Er, except it doesn’t work, at least not for me.

I wanted to sing along with all my friends to the songs of ABBA. I wanted to put up my commentary on Death Race, but it just doesn’t work. I actually did a commentary on The Dark Knight – and it disappeared into the ether. A major [...]

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The Lyle Lovett memorial coin

December 11th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 19 Comments

Next year marks the 200th anniversary of Lyle Lovett’s birth. To commemorate, the U.S. Mint will be redesigning the penny for the first time in 50 years.
Here’s Lyle the Ol’ Railsplitter in his early years:

I will now turn the coin-related blogging back over to Conor, who only has 739 more posts [...]

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Dark Knight Knotes

December 10th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 86 Comments

Speaking for me, and me only, and bearing in mind that I had something to do with THIS… hear me now!
Notes on TDK, in no particular order:
1 ) I am probably the only Rifftrax guy who is something of a superhero comic book geek. Though I am decades behind the [...]

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This Little Piggy

December 10th, 2008 by Conor Lastowka · 19 Comments

The famous Nursery Rhyme “This Little Piggy” leads to lots of questions once you take a closer look at it:
This little piggy went to market.
-I always assumed that the first pig went off to market to do shopping, but it’s entirely possible that he was led there with a rope around [...]

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The Rat is Packing

December 10th, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 39 Comments

Trouble at Charles Edgaringtonham Cheese’s dining establishment. Apparently there are more police calls to his place then there are the biker bar down the road. But beware, troublemakers: “Amid pressure from local politicians, some Chuck E. Cheese’s have stopped serving alcohol and added security guards who carry pistols.”

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My 9th-favorite Cats Theater

December 10th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 29 Comments

As anyone who knows anything about me is aware, I am a huge fan of Cats Theaters. I’ve probably done more to support and promote the Cats Theater movement than any non-Cats Theater impresario.
And the Moscow Cats Theater is a very good Cats Theater. Not great, but very good. [...]

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The Yule Goat

December 9th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 25 Comments

Speaking of the Nordic region…
The Finnish version of Santa Claus is called “Joulupukki,” which means Yule Goat.

YULE GOAT
And he doesn’t just bring toys — he brings disease!
Hyvää Joulua!

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Mystery of Life Solved

December 9th, 2008 by Mike Nelson · 57 Comments

 As it turns out “having fun is what it’s all about.” (Hedonists, you were right and I was wrong. Have a drink on me.) That does nothing to answer the question, Why, when we make entertainment for our children, do we instinctively seem to go for bizarre, mushroom-fueled hallucinations?

This is, I’m told, an Icelandic show [...]

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Newman!

December 9th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 9 Comments

Our friends PAUL & STORM have finally snapped their tethers. They’re running free and wild — though hopefully clothed — doing what they’ve always wanted to do: create new Randy Newman songs with reckless abandon.

“Because it’s the season of giving, and in honor of one of our mostest favoritest songwriters, we’re pleased [...]

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