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01 November 2009 @ 12:47 pm
Jack-o'-lanterns 2009  
I'm pretty proud of how they turned out this year. The one on the left is my dad's, and the one on the right is mine. Dad was working around several bite marks made by (we think) squirrels, while the mouth of mine started with a gouge I made accidentally when I was gutting it. Mine was going to be a triclops, but the middle eye wasn't centered enough and I decided I liked the lopsided face more.

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There were a lot more trick-or-treaters coming by this year than there have been in recent years, which was nice.

I finished off the night watching the MST3k of the classic crapfest Robot Monster, a movie so cheap that they couldn't afford a robot costume, so they used a borrowed gorilla suit with a helmet instead. Season One of MST3k was...odd. Not a big fan of Josh Weinstein. Larry, the second mad scientist, wasn't that funny (replacing him with TV's Frank was a good move, because the boss/lackey dynamic had more comedic potential) and I prefer Kevin Murphy's sarcastic, slightly fabulous version of Tom Servo to Weinstein's deadpan one. They were still definitely working out the kinks: they wasted pretty much the entire opening credits sequence to the Commando Cody episodes that preceded the film proper with unfunny variations on "not another one" and "wow, this is bad", and in general there weren't really enough quips. The show really hit its stride in Season Two; two of my all-time favorites are from that season (First Spaceship on Venus "Secretly, we've replaced their planet with Folger's Crystals" and Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster "Kabob, and Ka-Steve!").
 
 
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Amelia: Movie Signpadparadscha on November 3rd, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Weinstein's a bit difficult for me to watch--I normally like deadpan, but he just sounds slightly vague and uninterested. Kevin clearly has a lot more fun being Servo. And you're right--Larry and Dr. Forrester didn't bounce off each other as well as Dr. F and Frank.

Season 1 wastes a lot on serials, which makes it hard to watch out of sequence. I think switching to didactic shorts was a darn good move, because they're a lot more intrinsically funny--and often they're different enough from the movie that follows to be more refreshing. (Although, as my buddy Josh points out, shorts are double-edged because "When they have a short, you know it's because they had to cut out a LOT of the movie, so it must be REALLY bad.")

Robot Monster legitimately creeps me out, and I have no idea why--it's certainly not the scintillating editing or fast-paced plot. I think it's more that they thought Ro-Man made a worthy villain for anything. He wouldn't have made it onto Power Rangers.

Also, you must have gotten all OUR trick-or-treaters, because we hardly got ANY.
gwallagwalla on November 3rd, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
You're totally right about Weinstein sounding vague and uninterested.

And yeah, I'm with you on the serials. There were some quips that banked on the viewer having seem previous installments. One of my favorite eps has a short, though: Home Economics/Viking women vs. the Sea Serpent. "Boy, that Home Ec film sure took a weird turn somewhere!"

Robot Monster I think had a fairly decent premise, as '50s sci-fi flicks go. The execution, on the other hand... "I must, but I cannot! I cannot, but I must!"
Amelia: Movie Signpadparadscha on November 3rd, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
I do love me the shorts, so I won't complain--it's more his general rule than something hard and fast.

Actually, a lot of the movies have a somewhat intriguing premise, but fail at the execution. (I always thought the dilemma in The Undead was interesting.)

Have you seen any of the KTMA episodes? They are weird in so many ways ...
gwallagwalla on November 3rd, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Nah, I haven't downloaded season 0 yet. IT's ad-libbed and the bots are different, right?

I'm still working on getting season 3.
Amelia: Wassail ... In CANSpadparadscha on November 5th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
That's the one. The bots have the same names after the first couple of episodes (Servo was "Beeper" in the first one, but after that they're all the same), but their characters aren't well-developed, and they're slightly clunkier in appearance. Joel literally put them together from Goodwill junk the day before shooting the pilot, and it shows. (They also didn't secure the rights to the movies they riffed.)

It's really only worth it for the history ... the concept was there, but they had yet to work out what to do with it.