No, this is not me. This is Groucho Marx, as Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff in the classic 1932 Marx Brothers comedy, “Horse Feathers” (originally released by Paramount Pictures).
This upcoming Mon., Aug. 24, your mild-mannered blog creator and writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” will return to Hood College for the final semester.
A suggestion for Hood’s “Blockbuster Movie Showcase” series (future film showcases)
It would be a great idea to blend in a mix of vintage cult and definitive classic features, to complement the college’s “Blockbuster Movie Series.” The management of this blog would guarantee that one screening of a vintage film on campus would be entertaining to all fellow students of Hood that enjoy cinema entertainment.
In conclusion, the addition of cult/classic cinema flicks to Hood’s “Blockbuster Movie Showcase” would be a great stress reliever from all of the chaos of schoolwork. It would be a fun and exciting experience!
A message to all fellow friends of the Matinee (who are returning to Hood or any other college)
To my fellow friends of the Matinee (who are returning to Hood or any other college)- Let’s make this semester an exciting one! Be on the lookout for future cult/classic cinema posts during the semester!
Several familiar faces will make cameo appearances in the revival of MST3K
In addition to Jonah Ray (as Jonah Heston), Felicia Day (as evil overlord Kinga Forrester), Baron Vaughn (as the third voice of robot companion Tom Servo), Hampton Yount (as the third voice of robot companion Crow T. Robot) and veteran comedian/writer Patton Oswalt (as “Son of TV’s Frank), several familiar MST3K cast members will make cameo appearances in the new series.
It was announced that Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl and Kevin Murphy will make cameo appearances in the reboot of the series, along with original host and series creator Joel Hodgson (according to an official Netflix press release).
Netflix: The new home of the MST3K reboot
The reboot of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will be part of Netflix and their stable of critically acclaimed original television series offered on the streaming service, including “House of Cards.”
SIDEBAR: “Silver Screen Reflections” hopes that the new MST3K will be a success on Netflix, with new riffs of other cheesy low-budget motion pictures. When the new MST3K is released on the paid streaming video platform, it might be a good time to use the free month trial, which is good for one month (for those that haven’t used Netflix before).
Fans of MST3K, RiffTrax and Toho Japanese monster films will be in for a treat as one of the classic kaiju flicks will be riffed.
RiffTrax Live: “Mothra” (1961)
RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events and Columbia Pictures will present a special RiffTrax Live presentation of the 1961 Japanese monster film, “Mothra.” It will be showcased in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Thurs., Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. (with an encore presentation on Tue., Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.) Eastern.
Featuring veteran riffers and MST3K alums Michael Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the RiffTrax crew will be riffing “Mothra” from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, which will be broadcast to participating cinema complexes throughout the nation. According to a recent press release on the upcoming RiffTrax event, “Mothra” has been one of many top films that have been on the crew’s list for riffing.
The film features actors Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyoko Kagawa, Jerry Ito (whose name was misspelled as “Jelly Ito” in the opening credits of the film), Emi Ito, Yuri Ito (while the two aforementioned actresses have no connection to Jerry Ito, they were a popular Japanese singing duo, who performed under the name of “The Peanuts”), Masamitsu Tayama and Takashi Shimura.
“Mothra” lands in the United States
Columbia Pictures picked up the American distribution rights to the Toho film and released it to theaters in 1962. It was dubbed in English for American audiences.
According to the Lantern Media History Archive, Columbia’s television subsidiary (Screen Gems) syndicated the dubbed version of “Mothra” in a package of vintage Columbia horror and sci-fi flicks to local stations, titled “X.”
Why you should see RiffTrax Live: “Mothra”
If you’re a fan of RiffTrax, MST3K or vintage Japanese monster films, this is the perfect opportunity to see a “riffed” version of Mothra, through the courtesy of RiffTrax and Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.
Sidenote: The RiffTrax presentation of “Mothra” was first announced during the coming attractions slideshow for other Fathom Events screenings. This took place during the showing of “RIffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show” back in June at Regal’s Germantown 14 cineplex. Several audience members were excited about the upcoming RiffTrax presentation of “Mothra,” and sung the “Mothra Chant” (in the style in which “The Peanuts” sang in the 1961 film)!
Bluto. Flounder. D-Day. Otter. Pinto. Boon. Otis Day and the Knights. Dean Wormer. Faber College. Food fights. Delta House. “Ramming Speed!” “Toga! Toga!”
National Lampoon’s “Animal House” to be re-released in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast
Universal Studios, in conjunction withTurner Classic MoviesandFathom Eventswill present the nationwide revival screening of National Lampoon’s “Animal House” in select theaters on Sun., Aug. 14, with an encore presentation on Wed., Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern.
Both screenings will have a special prerecorded introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, who will present facts and other notable tidbits about National Lampoon’s “Animal House.”
The film was directed by John Landis and was produced by Matty Simons and Ivan Reitman. It was written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller. National Lampoon’s “Animal House” features John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Donald Sutherland, Bruce McGill, Tom Hulce, Peter Riegert, Stephen Furst, James Widdoes, DeWayne Jessie, Karen Allen, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Cesare Danova and a young Kevin Bacon.
A smash hit
National Lampoon’s “Animal House” became a smash hit when it was released to cinemas in July 1978. Because of the film’s popular demand from audiences and cinema exhibitors across the nation, Universal re-released the film one year later (according toIMDB).
According to an advertisement in The News-Post archival database at Hood College, the film was shown in the Frederick area at the now-defunct Frederick Drive-In theater on Jefferson Pike in 1979. The drive-in was a sister outdoor cinema venue to Holiday Cinemas at the time.
Why you should see National Lampoon’s “Animal House” on the big screen
38 years after it was released in theaters, National Lampoon’s “Animal House” is still hilarious with today’s modern audiences. It is the perfect rib-tickling comedy farce to see before heading back to college, by watching the Delta fraternity outwit Dean Wormer and the Omega fraternity. You will not be disappointed!
Matinee Alert: The revival screening of National Lampoon’s “Animal House” (1978) will not be shown in the Frederick area
Yet again, the Frederick area will miss out the revival screening of National Lampoon’s “Animal House” (according to Fathom Events’ list of cinema venues that will be participating in the event).