2010 Article By Josh In Sky Magazine
Update #73, 1/4/2013 - The Peaceful Death Ray
Welcome to Msties Domain, the website of Toolmaster Jeff Zehnder.
This site is all about Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), a television show that features three characters wise-cracking on low-budget films.
The site contains bot building guides, a tape trading page, reflections on multiple MST Conventions and gatherings (including Gateway and a Cinematic Titanic live show), and 3D renderings of the bots and the SOL.
You'll also find a written MST fan-fic, information on our up-and-coming fan production, how to create your own shadowrama, and more.
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As I flip through the channels on my old Westinghouse, I often find myself paused on some of the bizarre images I find.
I speak not of reality television, although I often wonder if I too could be a Storage Warrior.
Rather, I refer to the plethora of programs that, when I was a bit more spry in my youth, were usually the second film in a double feature down at the Varsity.
Today, they're of the direct to DVD variety, or Direct to what I believe is now called the Siffy Network.
No matter, any film is a major undertaking, whether you're working with John Ford or those youngsters in Super 8.
While it costs less today than it did during the era of actual Super 8 film, the large number of individuals it still takes for a full production is, well, very large.
What am I getting at? That any and all who are behind or in front of the camera deserve tremendous credit, even if the final result is less cinema titan and more cinematic titanic, to borrow a phrase.
So many films end up in put in the back in the discount rack, and I feel an opportunity is lost.
An opportunity for Mystery Science.
That we were able to see so many films riffed on by the series speaks as much to the age of much of the catalog as anything.
Newer films are more expensive to gain rights to, even if the ultimate episode would have been a sight to see.
How many weekends have I caught glimpses of a film featuring a younger Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel fighting off a cyborg airplane and thought, "This is the one."
There are many cyborg airplanes, figuratively speaking, and I can only dream.
Until next time, I'll be catching up on my RiffTrax and watching Biography. Orevwa!
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