Purgatory Theater

Mighty Mayhem breaks onto the YouTube scene with reviews of two-player table top games and three episodes of a brand new Mystery Science Theater 3000-style fan-made video series: Purgatory Theater.

Purgatory Theater motto

While PT’s title eschews the stereotypically concatenated tri-millenial suffix (i.e. it’s not PT3K), the series embraces the use of a premise and shadowrama and host segments. Which, in recent years, have been missing in many fan-made efforts. As it goes, the premise that is, fake-dead married couple Janet and Brad Mulligan’s (played by series creators and writers, the real-life married couple Kat and Alan O’Kelly’s) journey to a proper afterlife has been derailed by a bureaucratic snafu which is keeping them from reaching their eternal destination. So, they take a number and wait. Because death’s break room is ostensibly off-limits, the ex-Mulligans spend their while-aways in death’s waiting room — a movie theater — “forced to watch endless bad movies” by a grim sort in a floor-length hoodie called The Reaper.

Purgatory Theater’s inaugural triplet of experiments are the public domain shorts Build Your Vocabulary, Sleep For Health, and Basic Brown Basic Blue, respectively. (That last one being narrated by Homer Groening, someone who you never knew about but who was quite influential.) The last few seconds of the John Sutherland produced, cartoon classic, What Makes Us Tick sneaks in at the beginning of the second episode (just before they meet Eyeball, the floating security camera). The implication being that they’ve been watching movies non-stop since they got there. Unlike MST3K, where the protagonists have a week off between.

What else are dead people going to do? Hang out in the break room?

You can see Purgatory Theater on the Mighty Mayhem Youtube channel or be redirected there via their domain, MightyMayhem.com.

CFTP: Ikasucon 2011

Cinematic For The People is in Fort Wayne, Indiana this weekend for Ikasucon. “Adam Smithee” and pals will be doing up their jibes at midnight tonight. Will it be the same experiment as a few months ago when they took on Space Transformers at Penguicon? Maybe:

“If all goes well at Penguicon, we’ll also be doing the same show at Ikasucon in Fort Wayne, IN in July and NMACon in Traverse City, MI in September.”

Though 24 hours before the show begins, they asked the twitniverse for “weird anime videos”. Maybe they’re sprinkling in some added bonus features. Maybe. Perhaps it’s going to be that, and some brand new riffs on the Penguicon 2011 experiment. Who knows. Let’s wait for the show report. Those are always fun.

Ikasucon is an anime convention being held the same weekend (July 8 – 10, 2011) as Shore Leave, a scienty fiction convention. But, if you get out your rocket belt in time to make it to tonight’s CFTP in Fort Wayne, you could mosey on over to Baltimore in time for Mystery Trekkie Theater 3000 this Sunday. Crisis averted!

The crazy automatic schedule generator at the Ikasucon website says CFTP is 2 hours long.

Mystery Trekkie Theater 3000: 2011

Peter David, famous “writer of stuff”, and pals are going to be bringing their Mystery Trekkie Theater 3000 to Shore Leave again next weekend. David’s wife Kathleen blogs it up as well as it can be blogged, over on her blog: No Strings Attached. If that doesn’t sate your paraphrastical intereste, there’s a description on the events page of the shore leave website that warns of a Star Trek episode “so unspeakably ghastly that you may just want to make sure ahead of time that you know the way out. And we do mean way out.”

Shore Leave is a yearly science fiction convention being held in Baltimore, Maryland at Marriot’s Hunt Valley Inn from July 8 through 11. There has yet to be a publicly released schedule for Shore Leave 2011. But the ones that guests of the con have already seen are tentative anyway. So, Mystery Trekkie Theater will probably go on for an hour, probably that Sunday, and will probably start at 5pm. Your almaniacal reasoning may vary.

Update: the schedule has been posted and, as in years past, MTT3K indeed will start at 5 PM, on Sunday (July 10). It goes on until 6:30 and is the last event of the show.

The experiment for this year’s MTT is being kept secret until showtime. Though if you’d like to dwell on the past, information on previous performances of Mystery Trekkie Theater 3000, can be found at superfan Corey W. Tacker’s, comparitively up to date Lost Works.

MFT3000 4 & 5: production update

Mike Hagen over at Mystery Fandom Theater 3000 dropped a big heaping scoop on the members of fanmst3k, not too long ago; a scoop of tasty update with update sprinkles (or jimmies). Here’s a lick:

we have begun filming episodes 4 and 5 of Mystery Fandom Theater 3000!

Hungry for more? Head on over to fanmst3k (the Yahoo! Groups group for discussing fan-made MST3K projects) for the full post, or wait for him to update the MFT3000 website (a website on the Internet for news and info on Mystery Fandom Theater 3000, a fan-made MST3K project), some time this week. Check out the episodes page on the latter, for links to previous MFT episodes on the Internet Archive.

Nan Desu Kan 2011: Mystery Anime Theater

Let’s get Vaguely Specific for a second here: Mystery Anime Theater. It’s a riffing project. It’s what has been dubbed at the MST3KFvaLpDb, T website as a “convid”. It is so far the only one with that distinction; a video created specifically to be shown at a convention. Early on, it was a live-show of sorts. They’d play that year’s anime target on a TV and read off jokes from the back of the room. You could argue that once they started pre-recording the show that MAT became a fanvid and that the word convid is extraneous. You could also argue that back in 2008, when Vaguely Specific Productions no longer had proper Shadowrama creating facilities that MAT stopped being even an MST3K-style fan-made video. Is it now a Rifftrax-style fanvid? Or, for that matter, a Spoony Experiment or a Film Crew? Or, now, a Cinematic Titanic? Whatever it is, it’s got riffing in it. And, anime. (You know, Japanese cartoons.) So, let’s give Vaguely Specific Productions some slack. The cast is too busy putting Nan Desu Kan together, and working during the actual convention, to do it live anymore. It’s not a live-show, no, but you do have to go to Nan Desu Kan (an anime convention) or Starfest (an “entertainment” convention) to see it. So, it is kind of like a one-shot deal you have to plan for, like the live-shows. Especially since they stopped showing recordings of previous years performances. It was just easier to call it a convid, check the live-show announcements page, and go on with life. We’ll deal with what is and what ain’t, later.

Right now, though, we can plan to catch a showing of Mystery Anime Theater at this year’s Nan Desu Kan. The convention is being held at the Marriot DTC in Denver, Colorado from September 9-11. MAT starts at 11PM, that Friday. It goes until midnight. Video rooms at NDK normally have a come and go as you please policy, but if you’ve travelled all that way, why not show up early?

The experiment this time will be Tekken.

Experiments featured in the last few years were The Fantastic Adventure Of Yohko Leda, Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, and Voltron: The Fleet Of Doom.

Show report: Cinematic For The People, Penguicon 2011

The first performance of “Adam J. Smithee”‘s Cinematic For The People occurred not too long ago. It didn’t go too well, but he’s posted a show report anyway. Witness: The Penguicon… Incident.

Shortastic: Dad, Can I Borrow The Car?

Episode 2 (part 1 of 2) of Jason Soto’s Shortastic has been posted up on the YouTube. You can watch it there, or go watch it on his blog and make some “awesome sauce” comments. The experiment is a Kurt Russell vehicle called Dad, Can I Borrow The Car?.
Update:

Check out episode three for part two.

Shortastic

Jason Soto (B-Movie Central 5000) says he’s back in the riffing game. Today, he posted the first of what’s supposed to be a series of ten-ish minute videos, featuring him and other BMC5K alumnus Cokie the dog.

The new Jason and Cokie riffing series is called Shortastic.

Jason’s been filling time since the demise of B-Movie Central 5000 reviewing bad movies incorrectly for his Invasion of the B-Movies website; winning several Lammy awards. He’s also got a podcast.

If you liked B-Movie Central 5000, and had been waiting desperately for the ill-fated Frogs! episode, get your cloaca in gear and check this out, in its stead. The first episode features a 1950’s industrial short called Let’s Make a Sandwich. Why a gas company was so interested in samiches that it decide that the world needed a short film describing how to make one is anyone’s guess. One thing’s for sure, though, is that those boys did so enjoy their Cokes and hotdogs.

New Live-show: Cinematic For The People

Webcomic “Adam Smithee” has announced a new live-riffing event to be performed at Penguicon at the end of this month. He’s calling it Cinematic For The People. Based on the success of the show, it may travel to other venues, such as Ikasucon and NMACon. A tweet on the subject places the start-time of CFTP that Saturday, at 11PM. So does the Penguicon events schedule. But, like all cons, the schedule is in flux up until the closing ceremonies. So, check your local listings.

Cinematic For The People (CFTP for short) aims to be a full-feature experience, akin to actually watching an episode of MST3K live – complete with host segments, silly outfits, and a cameo appearance by our own suspiciously Servo-esque “Mr. Hal Sirveaux” at some point during the two hour long event.  There will also be prizes, audience participation, and a singalong at some point.

This will be the first performance of Cinematic For The People. The experiment will be the public domain, animated feature Space Transformers. It’s kind of like an anime, produced by Koreans, with no connection to Hasbro.

You may recognize “Adam” from his posts on the botbuilders group on Yahoo! Groups. Or, you may recognize his voice from Tropecast, a podcast out of the Webcomic Beacon website. Continue your recognition via Twitter, Apple Valley, and Webcomic Hell.

Penguicon describes itself as an “open source software and science fiction convention. It runs from April 29 to May 1 at the Troy Marriot hotel, in Detroit, Michigan.

(via fanmst3k)

Popcorn, Pretty Cat, and Perestroika

On October 28, 2010, Mary Jo Pehl and Trace Beaulieu participated in an approximately hour-long interview as part of the CMS Colloquium Series podcast that comes out of the  Massachusetts Institute Of Technology’s Comparative Media Studies program. They were there in connection with Cinematic Titanic Live‘s premier of Rattlers!, being performed the next day at the Wilbur theater in Boston. At about 31 minutes into the interview, the two MST3K alums were asked about movie riffing as being an American-only phenomenon and Trace let out the there was a Russian version on YouTube. This set Chris ‘Sampo’ Cornell to digging and on 27 January 2011, he posted his findings as a news item on the Satellite News website: the opening theme song.

It was called Project Popcorn.


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