Cinematic Titanic: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Evolved!

by on January 8, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Do you remember Mystery Science Theater 3000? Otherwise affectionately known as MST3K?  Ever find yourself yearning for the riffing to start again?  It’s time to sit up and pay attention.  The original gang that brought you MST3K have rebanded together into their newest riffing project called Cinematic Titanic.

MST3K: Mike and Tom Servo and Crow

The gang that brought you Tom Servo, Crow, Gypsy and all our favorites have come back together and are well on their way to riffing fame once again.  Thank god!

In the 11 years that is on the air, from their premiere on The Comedy Channel to its final 3 years on the  Sci-Fi Channel,  MST3K characters sat silhoutted in front of a movie screen and ripped the fools… I mean victims during the movie of choice, and oh, what sweet movies they ripped.

“Independent Pictures, making movies you’ve never heard of, for 40 years!” (Riff on the production company who made the victim film)

The original team came back together in 2007 (Trace Beailieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester)), recreating that at which they are very good at, deomstrating their unique style of rebroadcasting fine, wonderful, B-Grade movies..

Cinematic Titanic Riffing 2

The Cinematic Titanic team delivers the very same sharp edged humor I remember There is a God! They come at us with the same, sharp edged observational humor we remember from the original show. But this version of movie riffing has a new angle.  It interferes with my old memories when they inject modern day riffs about TMZ, Google, Mapquest and other modern day references.

“Is that a skull or mapquest?” (In reference to looking at an X-Ray of a skull.)

Cinematic Titanic, Movie Riffing 2.0. (aka CT)  CT is funded, owned, and operated by the team behind it and produce direct-to-DVD riffs every 6-8 weeks, and tour the country with live riffing shows.  (Their newest upcoming live show will be in San Fransisco on February 2nd.)

Their first “film” that Cinematic Titanic riffed on was Brain of Blood. (You have to read that with a deep, drawn out echoing voice.)  Their 2nd effort was The Doomsday Machine, followed by The Wasp Woman and Legacy of Blood.

“Who are they operating on? Sherwin Willaims?” (In response to a really bad operating room scene with excessive raspberry colored blood.)

They later re-riffed (Is that even a word?) one of MST3K’s more popular flick, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians.  Oh yes, quite classic

Today, I reviewed a screener copy of their latest effort, East Meets Watts, a 70’s Kung-sploitation masterpiece!

This DVD has a new approach to the presentation.  Unlike their previous supplied screeners, this is a taping of a live performance of the gang riffing on East Meets Watts.

It starts with a live introduction to the people behind each voice and who they backed in MST3K.

It’s an interesting experience to watch how the audience reacts to the different riffs. Some riffs are popular and a few flounder sadly…  the only down side to live feedback.  LOL!

It’s over, you won. The air ran away.” (In response to one actor doing some solo kata…)

An Asian boy band? Yea, they call them Out-of-Sync.” (Scene with three thugs surrounding our … “hereo.”)

About the live audience… At one point, the gang got them so riffed up that they started laughing at things in the movie without the crew riffing on anything.

When the most interesting thing in your scene is erosion, you might want to move along.” (In a scene where actors were next to a stream.)

Another advantage of a live audience is hearing the audience react to riffs like “I haven’t seen this kind of Kung Fu action since house-keeping found David Carradine.” And the audience groans!

Cinematic Titanic is created by Joel Hodgson & is written, produced and performed by Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein. (And they performed all their own stunts!)

Cinematic Titanic website

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Beautiful Mind January 11, 2010 at 7:01 am

No, Mike is not involved but I’m not sure how his politics enter into this. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett do Rifftrax which is also an MST spin-off. Some of us quite like them both!

Bruce Simmons (BruSimm) January 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Good bit if info add Sebastian. Thanks!

sebastian January 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm

For what it’s worth, hardcore republican Mike Nelson isn’t involved with this project. He has his own cheapo version of it going on.

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