Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This is not something made by some fan. This gif is the last few seconds of Nicki Minaj's new video, "Anaconda", with a cameo by the MST3K gang.
When this was released last week, people noticed how the song sampled form Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back", a song that would be appropriate for Nicki's rear curves. It also showed a lot of pop refererences from the 1990s. Then at 3:06, Nikki is seen at the MST3K theater riffing on herself, while the guy in the middle (Joel? Mike?) slumps in his seat. However, the way he straightens up again suggests something quite different. Is it the Anaconda about to, er, stand at attention?
Here's the video in question. It's a "lyric video" because the offical video is coming soon. Judging from the behind the scenes video, the official version will have a lot of hot and steamy action, with or without Crow and Tom Servo.
Actually, the MST3K crew have a lot of experience with talking about music videos. Look at how they riff on a report on Radiohead just before the release of MST3K: The Movie,
And of course, Beavis and Butthead are experts on commenting on videos in between their cartoons.
So what was the reaction from Mike and the guys?
Well, Mike Nelson talked about it on his Facebook page:
But, no pun intended, I don’t know what to make of this MST reference. Reference? Homage? Dis? I’m not sure.
Kevin Murphy and I chatted briefly about it and we suspect there MAY have been substances involved.
Let the work speak for itself. Though note, you have been warned.
Kevin only said he was surprised, while Bill Corbett had this tweet.
In a way, it's a great way to plug the next Rifftrax event, Anaconda with Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson and Jon Voight, on October 30. If they made this movie today, it would have been Anaconda Cat vs. Shark-Tiger on SyFy, and maybe Iggy Azalea would play the Jennifer Lopez part. At least there would be a video.
Oh, and if Nicki or her posse do watch MST3K, how about this photoshopped picture where I add a Tom Servo lid to the top of her wig. If you see it at a certain angle, it does look like Servo...
Anyway, the official Anaconda video can be seen here. As for the Rifftrax version of Anaconda, expect a Sir Mix-A-Lot joke or two....or maybe a mention of Minaj..
Friday, August 15, 2014
That was the one riff they didn't use, but the Rifftrax crew used everything else when they took on the 1998 version of Godzilla Thursday night in Nashville, broadcast in hundred of theaters.
A lot of people wanted to see this big lizard go down for years, especially since it had the bright idea of ripping off Jurassic Park and adding a rom-com plot to the destruction. Judging from the reaction from those who saw the live show, maybe this wasn't the best choice for the Rifftrax guys to make. It's not exactly a bunch of gung-ho teens blasting big bugs, or Tara Reid and that guy from 90210 taking on a deadly storm with teeth. Still, the movie's a lesson that when you remake a classic monster movie, you don't add a lame reboot of When Harry Met Sally.
Still, it seems Rifftrax fans prefer their heroes to take on really bad, and shorter, movies like Yambao or Beast of the Yellow Night. Maybe so, they should continue their Kickstarter projects to take on bigger,yet not better, movies. One day, the dream of targeting Twilight in theaters nationwide will be fulfilled, although Sharknado 2 will likely be done first.
The timing of the crew also seemed to be off. They stumbled on a couple of riffs, but it was a good job anyway.
Now, let's get to some of the riffs.
Matthew Broderick stands in the paw print of Godzilla, and has this shocked look on his face.
My God, I married Sarah Jessica Parker?
An old guy tries to fish in the in the East River...and gets a very big bite.
Ironically, he reels in Rodan, and has to throw him back
Godzilla starts wrecking buildings in the middle of New York
Oh no, we're in Inception. Everybody wake up.
Godzilla chases everyone, stepping on buildings
Godzilla's into parkour. (In fact, the crew marveled at how fit the big lzard looked, compared to the 2014 Godzilla looking a little chunky)
One of the most puzzling things about Broderick in the movie, recalled by a guy from the Rifftrax forum:
Why is everyone acting like he's Channing Tatum?
Audrey, the fake TV reporter, sees a secret tape on Nick's desk
Top Secret. Can we watch that instead?
Mini-Godzillas start hatching at Madison Square Garden, and chase Audrey and her cameraman
The velociraptors from Jurassic Park have acquired a legal team.
Godzilla, who was thought to be dead, emerges from the river after its babies are dead
Oh no, it's King Kong.
and the big guys's final words: "See you in a forgettable remake in 16 years". Well, at least the remake was worthy of a sequel.
There's also riffs on Game of Thrones, Woody Allen, a pro wrestling idea that never caught on, Dukes of Hazzard, Ladyhawke, Ted Nugent, Dr. Strangelove, The Expendables and Ninja Turtles. There was also a riff when Jean Reno's character opens an elevator at the Garden and just finds spilled popcorn. Mike stumbled on this one, but recovered pretty well.
Before all that, Rifftrax unveiled a new animated intro that will be added to all future releases. The song is pretty good, although it's not exactly like the MST theme. There's also great references from past Rifftrax movies, and even a spaceship we know all too well. Here, take a look:
You can get the intro at the Rifftrax site for 99 cents, and the song at the same price. The song is also available on iTunes.
Next up, the other Kickstarter special on October 30, Anaconda with Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson and Jon Voight. It's basically Moby Hiss, or a crazy guy forcing some people to hunt a really big snake in the Amazon. This was made a year before Godzilla, so expect CGI that's even more lame.
One more thing: here's my ticket with a nickname for Godzilla that thankfully never caught on in 1998