Around the same time that “Silver Screen Reflections” went into operation, I officially joined Twitter. Over the years, I have made many wonderful friends of the matinee with fellow Svengoolie SvenPals, MST3K MSTies. Turner Classic Movies/TCM Party fans and classic film aficionados throughout the nation!
Flashback (two years before “Silver Screen Reflections”): Your mild-mannered reporter is standing next to two vintage Simplex X-L projectors at the Weinberg Center for the Arts (the former Tivoli Cinema) in Frederick, Maryland.
Most important of all, I would like to thank all my fellow SvenPals, MSTie pals, Hood College alums and classic film enthusiasts throughout the nation for enjoying, commentating and sharing my blog posts! Highly appreciated!
Be on the lookout for more fun and exciting posts related to Sven’s horror showcase, MST3K, RiffTrax, The Mads, revival screenings, TCM and subjects related to classic/cult cinema in the near future on “Silver Screen Reflections!” Peace, kudos and ‘Hi-Keeba!”
It’s time for “RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party!”
RiffTrax, in association with Fathom Events will be presenting “RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party” in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast coast on Thu., June 15 at 8 p.m. (local time). An encore pre-recorded screening will be shown in select theaters on Tue., June 20 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
RiffTrax, in association with Fathom Events and Cinema Epoch will be presenting RiffTrax Live: “Samurai Cop” in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Thurs., April 13 at 8 p.m. (local time). A pre-recorded encore presentation of the RiffTrax Live event will take place on Tue., April 18 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). The RiffTrax Live presentation will be broadcast to select theaters live via satellite from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee.
Featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the RiffTrax crew will be riffing the 1991 Z-budget action film, “Samurai Cop.”
Robert Z’Dar appeared in two other Z-budget films that were riffed on “MST3K”
Robert Z’Dar (who played Yamashita in “Samurai Cop”) appeared in two Z-budget films that were riffed by Mike Nelson and the bots on MST3K, “Soultaker” (episode #1001) and “Future War” (episode #1004). Both “Soultaker” and “Future War” aired in 1999 during the show’s 10th (and final) season on the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as “Syfy”).
Fellow fans of MST3K (or “MSTies”) and RiffTrax will be excited about an upcoming “cheesy movie” tradition on Thanksgiving day.
Shout! Factory TV Presents: “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day ’16!”
Shout! Factory TV will be offering a smorgasbord of classic MST3K episodes on Thanksgiving day at Noon ET/11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT. This will mark the fourth year that Shout! Factory will be presenting the “Turkey Day” marathon of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episodes, to capture the spirit of the 1991-95 Comedy Central “Turkey Day” marathons.
Six “Golden Turkeys” (as chosen by fellow MSTies)
Six popular episodes of the series will be shown, as chosen by fans of MST3K through an online poll that was conducted on the official website for the show.
Best Brains, Inc./Shout! Factory
All episodes will have special “Turkey Day” wraparounds by series creator and first host of the cult series, Joel Hodgson. Hodgson will also be joined by Jonah Ray, who will be the new host of the MST3K revival (under the character of Jonah Heston). The revival of MST3K is already in production and will be available on Netflix.
Why you should watch this year’s MST3K “Turkey Day” marathon:
You will not want to miss out on this fine feast of cheesy low-budget movies, with the fine art of riffing (through the courtesy of Joel, Mike and the bots).
Shout! Factory TV Presents: “MST3K Turkey Day 2016”
Thanksgiving Day, Noon ET/11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT on ShoutFactoryTV.com (also available on the Shout! Factory TV app on streaming devices and the Pluto TV app)
Veteran riffers and MST3K alums Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy performed their 20th RiffTrax Live event from the State Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the evening of Tue., June 29.
MST3K Reunion Poster (RiffTrax/Fathom Events)
Celebrating the revival of “MST3K” and the 10th anniversary of “RiffTrax”
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the popular film riffing service and the relaunch of MST3K, the majority of cast members from the original run of MST3K appeared on stage with the RiffTrax crew, including series creator and first host Joel Hodgson, comedy writers and performers Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Bridget Jones Nelson and Jonah Ray, who will be the host of the new MST3K.
RiffTrax MST3K Postcard (from L to R:) Frank Conniff (in his Svengoolie shirt), Jonah Ray, Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, Mike Nelson, Bridget Jones Nelson and Kevin Murphy (RiffTrax/Fathom Events)
An evening of RiffTrax favorites- cheesy educational/industrial short subjects & “Super Riff-A-Palooza!”
The event showcased many cheesy educational and industrial short films that were riffed during the presentation, including “The Talking Car” (1968, Alfred Higgins Productions/AAA, riffed by Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy and Mike Nelson), “A Word to the Wives” (1955, Telamerica, featuring Darren McGavin as the angry father, riffed by Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl), “More Dates for Kay” (1952, Coronet, riffed by Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff) the Caterpillar industrial safety film, “Shake Hands with Danger” (1970, produced by Centron, riffed by the RiffTrax crew) and an AFL-CIO short on Barbers and Beauticians (1950’s, riffed by Joel Hodgson and Jonah Ray).
All performers joined together at the conclusion of the event, titled “Super Riff-A-Palooza!” The remaining riffed shorts consisted of a 1954 featurette, “Stamp Day for Superman” (produced for the U.S. Treasury Department by the producers of “The Adventures of Superman” TV series, featuring George Reeves) and a RiffTrax favorite- the 1970 ACI short subject “Grasses,” part of the short-lived educational film firm’s “At Your Fingertips” series.
Area MSTies celebrate the showing “RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show” in Germantown
“RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show” was showcased at Regal’s Germantown 14 cineplex in Germantown, Maryland. Shown inside multiplex auditorium #13,* eager MSTies and fans of RiffTrax were delighted by the presentation from start to finish, along with pre-show trivia slides and a digital goodies package for patrons of the show. Compared to the previous RiffTrax Live presentation of the 1994 Z-budget film, “Time Chasers” (which was shown at the same cinema venue back in May), the auditorium was nearly full for the special event.
Prior to the show, an unidentified man commemorated that evening’s presentation by wearing a “Castleton” t-shirt. He regretted not wearing his shirt for the previous “Time Chasers” presentation. Another spectator wore a Tommy Wiseau “Ohai” shirt in commemoration of the event (the RiffTrax crew riffed Wiseau’s 2003 low-budget drama, “The Room”).
“RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show:” A fantastic experience
“RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show” was enjoyed by fellow MSTies and fans of the RiffTrax crew when it was showcased at Regal’s Germantown cineplex. It was the perfect rib-tickling stressbuster that was enjoyed by all. Here’s to many more years of cinematic riffing.
Missed out on “RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show?” Don’t worry- RiffTrax and Fathom Events will be showing a special re-broadcast (in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast) on July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
Area cinema venues that will be participating in the re-broadcast:
A “Silver Screen Reflections” Shout-Out: The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” would like to thank the people at RiffTrax and Fathom Events for the press passes to “RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show. ” It was an enjoyable and fun experience. Thank you letting us be a part of the presentation!