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DeschainThe Christmas That Almost Wasn't. Who thought a movie about Santa trying to pay his rent would be a good idea?


I had a lot of frustrations in with this movie. The major one being that our lawyer protagonist never decided to do his job and file a lawsuit. He could have sued the bad guy on soooo many grounds but never did. So wtf was the point of getting a lawyer in the first place?

If the lawyer just billed his clients like a responsible businessman nobody would've been in that mess. Why does Santa need to rent a place in the North Pole? Who the hell owns property and leases it out at the North Pole? And to be fair if Prune did own property and was renting it to Santa and Santa couldn't pay his rent on time, Prune had every right to evict him. The lawyer wouldn't be able to do anything about it.

It's starts out simple. The Lawyer would file a suit claiming that Prune did not own the North Pole and determine the validity of such a claim. "buying the North Pole from eskimos" does not seem like it would stand in a court of law. Is it their's to sell? Is it anyone's? Is it anyone's to buy? That's how you argue the case. Furthermore, the perfect time to file a suit against Prune is later in the film when Prune confiscated Santa's pay for "damages" that he caused. You can A. argue that they are not responsible for damages, B, Argue that even if they were, the defendant can't just take what is rightfully their money at any time, and C. argue that Santa and the Lawyer never agreed to that store policy before he change in management took place ad thus are exempt from paying. They could also sue in regards to a restraining order for harassment on Prune's part.
Apr 28, 2017 4:53 AM
DeschainThe Christmas That Almost Wasn't. Who thought a movie about Santa trying to pay his rent would be a good idea?


I had a lot of frustrations in with this movie. The major one being that our lawyer protagonist never decided to do his job and file a lawsuit. He could have sued the bad guy on soooo many grounds but never did. So wtf was the point of getting a lawyer in the first place?
Apr 27, 2017 6:13 AM
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Evan SolomonBreath of the Wild is the best game I have ever played.

It is a damn good game. But Link to the Past takes the cake for Zelda for me.


These kinds of opinions I don't really get. Video games are art to be sure, ?but when looking at a game series like Zelda that is essentially a reinvention of the same story and concept I can't understand the preference to stay in the past. it's really easy to say that Fallout 4 is inferior to New Vegas; the differences are quantifiable. I can also see how some might pefer a game like Twilight Princess purely based off it's dungeons and boss design. When comparing A Link to the Past to Breath of the Wild, I don't see one aspect that A Link to the Past does better than this new entry, and I fail to see what it has to offer in place of what Botw has licked. I can see how Super Mario Sunshine could be preferable to Galaxy and I can see why someone would prefer Morrowind to Skyrim but ALTTP vs BOTW? It seems a decision based upon context and nostlagia over actual reasoning. Video games tend to age worse than any other medium and I always judge a game by how fun it is to play in the present. If you had never played a Zelda game, bought BOTW, beat it, and then played ALTTP out of curiosity, I'm sure most people in that situation wouldn't be able to cope with the steps backward. That's not to say that all games Age poorly, I just don't think Zelda games do because the iterations are too similar structurally and narratively. Of course Wind Waker is the exception to the rule. I think of all the Zelda games, that one still holds up.

Not in any world I live in.


Explain this terrible opinion right now. Please tell me how the pig slop that is Fallout 4 is a better game than New Vegas. Please tell me how a game with a fraction of New Vegas's content, an atrocious dialogue system, less game mechanics and things to do, an ill thought out story, and randomly generated quests is better.

New Vegas kinda sucked in my opinion. Was a big disappointment for me after Fallout 3, one of the best games I ever played. Fallout 4 was a strong return to form.


You may be the only person to ever express that opinion. Please elaborate how 4 was a "return to form" in a franchise where the game you are comparing it to was a radical departure.
Apr 26, 2017 7:44 PM
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Evan SolomonThese kinds of opinions I don't really get. Video games are art to be sure, ?but when looking at a game series like Zelda that is essentially a reinvention of the same story and concept I can't understand the preference to stay in the past. it's really easy to say that Fallout 4 is inferior to New Vegas; the differences are quantifiable. I can also see how some might pefer a game like Twilight Princess purely based off it's dungeons and boss design. When comparing A Link to the Past to Breath of the Wild, I don't see one aspect that A Link to the Past does better than this new entry, and I fail to see what it has to offer in place of what Botw has licked. I can see how Super Mario Sunshine could be preferable to Galaxy and I can see why someone would prefer Morrowind to Skyrim but ALTTP vs BOTW? It seems a decision based upon context and nostlagia over actual reasoning. Video games tend to age worse than any other medium and I always judge a game by how fun it is to play in the present. If you had never played a Zelda game, bought BOTW, beat it, and then played ALTTP out of curiosity, I'm sure most people in that situation wouldn't be able to cope with the steps backward. That's not to say that all games Age poorly, I just don't think Zelda games do because the iterations are too similar structurally and narratively. Of course Wind Waker is the exception to the rule. I think of all the Zelda games, that one still holds up.

My relationship with Zelda begins and ends with Super Smash Bros., so I don't know their nuances. What about games like GTA III and Vice City? Vice City is fundamentally better than GTA III in every conceivable way. But if you go lurking around the internet you'll find a substantial group of purists who say that nothing tops GTA III because of the simplicity and beautifully cold atmosphere. Are the Zelda games so similar that one can't compare their mood and aesthetics?


Yes. There are standouts like Link's Awakening, Wind Waker, and Skywatd Sword. Those three are very different. The rest of them follow what is essentially the same plot and the same setting and feature familiar music. It isn't like Final Fantasy where every mainline entry is completely different.
Apr 26, 2017 1:22 AM
Obi Spenobi
Evan SolomonThese kinds of opinions I don't really get. Video games are art to be sure, ?but when looking at a game series like Zelda that is essentially a reinvention of the same story and concept I can't understand the preference to stay in the past. it's really easy to say that Fallout 4 is inferior to New Vegas; the differences are quantifiable. I can also see how some might pefer a game like Twilight Princess purely based off it's dungeons and boss design. When comparing A Link to the Past to Breath of the Wild, I don't see one aspect that A Link to the Past does better than this new entry, and I fail to see what it has to offer in place of what Botw has licked. I can see how Super Mario Sunshine could be preferable to Galaxy and I can see why someone would prefer Morrowind to Skyrim but ALTTP vs BOTW? It seems a decision based upon context and nostlagia over actual reasoning. Video games tend to age worse than any other medium and I always judge a game by how fun it is to play in the present. If you had never played a Zelda game, bought BOTW, beat it, and then played ALTTP out of curiosity, I'm sure most people in that situation wouldn't be able to cope with the steps backward. That's not to say that all games Age poorly, I just don't think Zelda games do because the iterations are too similar structurally and narratively. Of course Wind Waker is the exception to the rule. I think of all the Zelda games, that one still holds up.

My relationship with Zelda begins and ends with Super Smash Bros., so I don't know their nuances. What about games like GTA III and Vice City? Vice City is fundamentally better than GTA III in every conceivable way. But if you go lurking around the internet you'll find a substantial group of purists who say that nothing tops GTA III because of the simplicity and beautifully cold atmosphere. Are the Zelda games so similar that one can't compare their mood and aesthetics?


Yes. There are standouts like Link's Awakening, Wind Waker, and Skywatd Sword. Those three are very different. The rest of them follow what is essentially the same plot and the same setting. It isn't like Final Fantasy where every mainline entry is completely different.
Apr 26, 2017 1:22 AM
Obi Spenobi
Evan SolomonThese kinds of opinions I don't really get. Video games are art to be sure, ?but when looking at a game series like Zelda that is essentially a reinvention of the same story and concept I can't understand the preference to stay in the past. it's really easy to say that Fallout 4 is inferior to New Vegas; the differences are quantifiable. I can also see how some might pefer a game like Twilight Princess purely based off it's dungeons and boss design. When comparing A Link to the Past to Breath of the Wild, I don't see one aspect that A Link to the Past does better than this new entry, and I fail to see what it has to offer in place of what Botw has licked. I can see how Super Mario Sunshine could be preferable to Galaxy and I can see why someone would prefer Morrowind to Skyrim but ALTTP vs BOTW? It seems a decision based upon context and nostlagia over actual reasoning. Video games tend to age worse than any other medium and I always judge a game by how fun it is to play in the present. If you had never played a Zelda game, bought BOTW, beat it, and then played ALTTP out of curiosity, I'm sure most people in that situation wouldn't be able to cope with the steps backward. That's not to say that all games Age poorly, I just don't think Zelda games do because the iterations are too similar structurally and narratively. Of course Wind Waker is the exception to the rule. I think of all the Zelda games, that one still holds up.

My relationship with Zelda begins and ends with Super Smash Bros., so I don't know their nuances. What about games like GTA III and Vice City? Vice City is fundamentally better than GTA III in every conceivable way. But if you go lurking around the internet you'll find a substantial group of purists who say that nothing tops GTA III because of the simplicity and beautifully cold atmosphere. Are the Zelda games so similar that one can't compare their mood and aesthetics?


Yes. There are standouts like Link's Awakening, Wind Waker, and Skywatd Sword. Those three are very different. The rest of them follow what is essentially the same plot and the same setting. It isn't like Final Fantasy where every mainline entry is completely different.
Apr 26, 2017 1:22 AM
Obi Spenobi
Evan SolomonThese kinds of opinions I don't really get. Video games are art to be sure, ?but when looking at a game series like Zelda that is essentially a reinvention of the same story and concept I can't understand the preference to stay in the past. it's really easy to say that Fallout 4 is inferior to New Vegas; the differences are quantifiable. I can also see how some might pefer a game like Twilight Princess purely based off it's dungeons and boss design. When comparing A Link to the Past to Breath of the Wild, I don't see one aspect that A Link to the Past does better than this new entry, and I fail to see what it has to offer in place of what Botw has licked. I can see how Super Mario Sunshine could be preferable to Galaxy and I can see why someone would prefer Morrowind to Skyrim but ALTTP vs BOTW? It seems a decision based upon context and nostlagia over actual reasoning. Video games tend to age worse than any other medium and I always judge a game by how fun it is to play in the present. If you had never played a Zelda game, bought BOTW, beat it, and then played ALTTP out of curiosity, I'm sure most people in that situation wouldn't be able to cope with the steps backward. That's not to say that all games Age poorly, I just don't think Zelda games do because the iterations are too similar structurally and narratively. Of course Wind Waker is the exception to the rule. I think of all the Zelda games, that one still holds up.

My relationship with Zelda begins and ends with Super Smash Bros., so I don't know their nuances. What about games like GTA III and Vice City? Vice City is fundamentally better than GTA III in every conceivable way. But if you go lurking around the internet you'll find a substantial group of purists who say that nothing tops GTA III because of the simplicity and beautifully cold atmosphere. Are the Zelda games so similar that one can't compare their mood and aesthetics?


Yes. There are standouts like Link's Awakening, Wind Waker, and Skywatd Sword. Those three are very different. The rest of them follow what is essentially the same plot and the same setting. It isn't like Final Fantasy where every mainline entry is completely different.
Apr 26, 2017 1:22 AM
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Evan Solomon
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Evan SolomonBreath of the Wild is the best game I have ever played.

It is a damn good game. But Link to the Past takes the cake for Zelda for me.


These kinds of opinions I don't really get. Video games are art to be sure, ?but when looking at a game series like Zelda that is essentially a reinvention of the same story and concept I can't understand the preference to stay in the past. it's really easy to say that Fallout 4 is inferior to New Vegas; the differences are quantifiable. I can also see how some might pefer a game like Twilight Princess purely based off it's dungeons and boss design. When comparing A Link to the Past to Breath of the Wild, I don't see one aspect that A Link to the Past does better than this new entry, and I fail to see what it has to offer in place of what Botw has licked. I can see how Super Mario Sunshine could be preferable to Galaxy and I can see why someone would prefer Morrowind to Skyrim but ALTTP vs BOTW? It seems a decision based upon context and nostlagia over actual reasoning. Video games tend to age worse than any other medium and I always judge a game by how fun it is to play in the present. If you had never played a Zelda game, bought BOTW, beat it, and then played ALTTP out of curiosity, I'm sure most people in that situation wouldn't be able to cope with the steps backward. That's not to say that all games Age poorly, I just don't think Zelda games do because the iterations are too similar structurally and narratively. Of course Wind Waker is the exception to the rule. I think of all the Zelda games, that one still holds up.

Not in any world I live in.


Explain this terrible opinion right now. Please tell me how the pig slop that is Fallout 4 is a better game than New Vegas. Please tell me how a game with a fraction of New Vegas's content, an atrocious dialogue system, less game mechanics and things to do, an ill thought out story, and randomly generated quests is better.
Apr 25, 2017 9:14 PM
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Evan SolomonBreath of the Wild is the best game I have ever played.

It is a damn good game. But Link to the Past takes the cake for Zelda for me.


These kinds of opinions I don't really get. Video games are art to be sure, but when looking at a game series like Zelda that is essentially a reinvention of the same story and concept I can't understand the preference to stay in the past. it's really easy to say that Fallout 4 is inferior to New Vegas; the differences are quantifiable. I can also see how some might pefer a game like Twilight Princess purely based off it's dungeons and boss design. When comparing A Link to the Past to Breath of the Wild, I don't see one aspect that A Link to the Past does better than this new entry, and I fail to see what it has to offer in place of what Botw has licked. I can see how Super Mario Sunshine could be preferable to Galaxy and I can see why someone would prefer Morrowind to Skyrim but ALTTP vs BOTW? It seems a decision based upon context and nostlagia over actual reasoning. Video games tend to age worse than any other medium and I always judge a game by how fun it is to play in the present. If you had never played a Zelda game, bought BOTW, beat it, and then played ALTTP out of curiosity, I'm sure most people in that situation wouldn't be able to cope with the steps backward. That's not to say that all games Age poorly, I just don't think Zelda games do because the iterations are too similar structurally and narratively. Of course Wind Waker is the exception to the rule. I think of all the Zelda games, that one still holds up.
Apr 25, 2017 7:47 AM
Breath of the Wild is the best game I have ever played.
Apr 25, 2017 3:39 AM
Black PhilipYongary came about because S. Korea wanted to cash in on the Godzilla craze. I happen to like the movie. It's no where good as The Host but then what is?


How reductive. Yongary should not have to be compared to The Host just because they are two monster movies from the same country. Just because The Host was popular internationally does not represent their entire filmmaking culture. If you examine Yongary with context, you can see a country in a transitional stage between their cultural traditions and wanting to join the international community and become more westernized and known. It's quite an interesting film when you consider the time and environment that produced it. It is no worse than The X From Outer Space, which has a Criterion Release for no discernible reason.
Apr 23, 2017 11:18 AM
MST3K is a tragic show in a way because when you look at the wide range of films they have covered you see a fascinatingly diverse catalogue filled with bizarre films from all OVER the world, some of these films being hidden gems or so wholly unique. These films then become immortalized by the program, but given the nature of the program some of these episodes will be lost due to liscensing. Some episodes will only be accessible through Backdoor methods and will not have had adequate preservation. No other program I can think of presents such a wide array of bizarre entertainment. The show then takes its bizarre films and creates its own mythos an appropriates those weird characters and ideas into their own consistent universe.

An MST3K convention would be so choice. Think of all the cosplay.
Apr 19, 2017 5:58 AM
DeschainThe Beast of Hollow Mountain, another movie where the thing in the title doesn't happen until way too late. Real fun host segments, especially the Mexican fashion show. And a bunch of callbacks to older MST3Ks, including Touch of Satan!


Say what you want about Beast, but there is an intangible quality to it that Ames it watchable and it is the perfect kind of movie for MST3K to do. It has this innocence and inoffensive quality that meshes well with it's dated naive aesthetic. It is simultaneously the best possible B-movie in that the film is a genuine attempt at quality. It hardens back to classic Joel Era episodes like The Magic Sword, The Black Scorpion, or The Painted Hills.

Warriors of the Lost Kingdom however, holy shit. Get ready for that movie. Wow.
Apr 19, 2017 5:49 AM
DeschainJust finished Avalanche. The riffs started slow but had me rolling by the end. Took way too long for that avalanche to hit.


Could you say that that episode gained momentum?
Apr 19, 2017 4:30 AM
I feel like the entire reason Cry Wilderness exists is because somebody knew an animal trainer who also happened to have fostered an abandoned tiger.
Apr 16, 2017 7:23 AM
Obi SpenobiI haven't watched it yet, but Patton Oswalt seems perfect for a MST3K villain. There was an article about the new season on RT's homepage. It mentioned the cast and crew feeling like modern audiences are used to faster jokes, which sounds like it messed with the show's original tone.


It's really only the first episode where it feels "manic" as Damu so perfectly put it. The following episodes are pretty good. Cry of the Wilderness is one of the best episodes the show has ever had. Time Travelers feels like a blander season 3 or 4 episode, but decent enough. Land That Time Forgot suffers from an incomplete cut, and the quality of the film overshadows the riffing. It's a very difficult film to fight with as there is very little wrong with it. Starcrash is way too insane of a movie and also overshadows the hosts because it's so bonkers and without stakes that it becomes self sufficient as an entertainment vehicle. The riffing can't add any more to the madness, unlike a comparable film like Space Mutiny. If there is a season 12 they need more Cry of the Wildernesses and less At the Earth's Cores. Some of these movies are just too big. 8 episodes in and it is still stronger than season 1, 2, and 7. Maybe 6 too. The movies could definitely stand to be weirder. I hope it improves.
Apr 15, 2017 8:09 AM
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Evan SolomonNo it isn't. It's jingoistic, pretentious pap. Once again a director takes advantage of the Godzilla franchise to tell his own story that is the antithesis of the Godzilla franchise and what the character is about. Hideaki Anno is not a good writer and not a good filmmaker. The interpretation of Godzilla is so extreme that it echoes the Roland Emmerich effort, but in the opposite end of the spectrum. The climax of the film flies in the face of the thematic elements of the character, and the ending is just pure nonsense. Yeah, I get the symbolism but you're now stretching well beyond what the character is so you might as well just make your own monster. Godzilla movies are about insignificance and nature's destructiveness. This movie is about Japan beating America to the punch. And don't feed me any of the "metaphor for Fukushima" junk, it's so transparently handled it feels exploitative. I blame
it's warm reception in Japan on national pride. Movie isn't the worst Godzilla movie, but it is far from the best.

They're not beating America to the punch so much as stopping a nuclear warhead from being dropped on Tokyo. Fuck them, right?

The Fukishima allusions to the extent that they're operative are quite light and are only emphasized at the beginning of the film (e.g., shot of a guy in what appears to be a power plant talking about radiation). Godzilla has always been a nuclear monster.

It's only arguably jingoistic in the sense that we see Japan consciously wrestle with whether to use her military or not. This is a valid consideration, however, moving forward because it's a little silly to assume that Japan should never ever ever be allowed to have sovereign military authority over herself again.

Our heroes work behind the scenes, cooperating with many leading nations to develop and alternative to just nuking the big lizard. In the process, Japan decides to share what it knows about Godzilla with the whole world, furthering inviting collaboration to solve problems.

Our first attack is cut short (i.e., the Cobra helicopters) when they see civilians are at risk. At every stage, they pause or delay or change strategy to avoid civilian casualties.

And this film IS about insignificance and destruction. The film ends by stating, "We must learn to live with Godzilla" (i.e., you can't just nuke it out of existence).



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I absolutely disagree with you on the Fukushima allusions being light, as the whole narrative echoed the frustration citizens had with the reigning bureaucracy in handling the crisis, until they all die. But that Prime Minister? So valiant and courageous compared to the US. Godzilla's Radiation was incidental and hardly a consequence. He just happened to be radioactive and that effected no one and his new creation is robbed of the poignancy of the original's creation, i.e. foreign powers testing WMDs in Japan's backyard.
You can argue that Japan should be allowed a military, sure, but the aggressive tone of this movie is extremely apparent. it's not so much content as it is attitude.
Ishiro Honda always held the UN in high regard, and films like The Mysterians, Destroy all Monsters or Monster Zero truly illustrated illustrated that faith. Off screen statements about France filibustering are not good enough.
The military's hesitation to engaged is framed as incompetence, rather than honorable, I don't really know where you;re going with that point.
If the film was about insignificance and destruction, the anime youth team wouldn't have overcome Godzilla by using Tonka Trucks to inject crap in his mouth.?
Once again, the monster is so radically different from traditional Godzilla that it seems perverse. It's hardly the same character.
Have you seen Return of Godzilla (1984)? It's fundamentally the exact same movie but handles all of these themes and plot beats in an inconceivably better way. Check it out, it makes Shin Godzilla look shallow and inept.
Apr 15, 2017 2:44 AM
No it isn't. It's jingoistic, pretentious pap. Once again a director takes advantage of the Godzilla franchise to tell his own story that is the antithesis of the Godzilla franchise and what the character is about. Hideaki Anno is not a good writer and not a good filmmaker. The interpretation of Godzilla is so extreme that it echoes the Roland Emmerich effort, but in the opposite end of the spectrum. The climax of the film flies in the face of the thematic elements of the character, and the ending is just pure nonsense. Yeah, I get the symbolism but you're now stretching well beyond what the character is so you might as well just make your own monster. Godzilla movies are about insignificance and nature's destructiveness. This movie is about Japan beating America to the punch. And don't feed me any of the "metaphor for Fukushima" junk, it's so transparently handled it feels exploitative. I blame it's warm reception in Japan on national pride. Movie isn't the worst Godzilla movie, but it is far from the best.
Apr 15, 2017 2:08 AM
This second episode is actually pretty great.
Apr 14, 2017 9:46 AM
I would like to reiterate that the movie selection is excellent, featuring films like The Land that Time Forgot and Starcrash, and these films are presented in HD and widescreen, thus ironically making it one of the best ways to watch these lost films. If anything, their movie selection is too good, and leaves little room for unknowns like Final Sacrifice. I definitely hope for thw pacing of the show overalll slows down and gets that famial feel back. Needs recurring jokes in the riffing to be as successful.
Apr 14, 2017 7:57 AM