Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Best of Rifftrax Shorts, Vol. 1

Jason Martin, 2008 (7*)
Remember the Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys, Mike, Kevin and Bill? Well, they're back as Rifftrax! This collection that I saw is short films: old public service, industrial, and elementary school films - of course, with acerbic commentary from Rifftrax. Some of this stuff was gut-busting funny, especially the safety films, Down and Out, and Shake Hands With Danger, the latter featuring animated Riffers 'in the studio' during the film.

Down and Out is a safety film, about a guy in an empty basement, empty except for one item of danger, like a bolt or piece of chalk on the floor, and the intrepid stuntman would manage to step on that item and go down. After falling over a 3-step stair for the third time, one of the Rifftrax guys says "Don't go near the stairs - the stairs are satan!" Shake Hands With Danger, made by Caterpiller, shows some pretty dumb work stuff (lets get a handful of grease and stick it in the bulldozer joint) and actually lists a cast of 8-10 real stuntmen! Now we know where all that corporate wealth went: industrial films.

Drugs are Like That compares all sorts of stuff to drugs, like a baby's pacifier! Rifftrax said, "Yep - drugs are also like totally safe things that aren't addictive!" This is definitely something different you might want to check out with some friends and a six-pack. Like all comedy, some will have you laughing out loud, some aren't so funny - but that's comedy.

Quote: Drugs are also like ball peen hammers and fondue.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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