7/18/07

Rifftrax 009-018

R009 Point Break

R010 Halloween

R011 The Matrix

R012 Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace

R013 The Grudge

R014 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

R015 The Island of Dr. Moreau

R016 Firewall

R017 Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

R018 Reign of Fire

Welcome back for Rifftrax's second set of ten. This set rises steeply in overall quality from the first ten, partially because eight of them feature guest riffer Kevin Murphy. While Mr. Murphy's commentary style favors references and rants over punchlines, his manic energy adds a great deal to every track he appears in. His rapport with Rifftrax creator Mike Nelson, doesn't hurt either, as tracks featuring more than one riffer benefit greatly from the interplay between them.

Film selection is another reason this section turned out so well. We all have our own unique cinematic predilictions--i.e. films or kinds of films that most thinking people avoid--and in the first ten, Mike seemed to spend some time puttering around with movies that mostly appealed only to him. (Of course, that could just be my own cinematic predilictions talking. Quite possibly I'm understimating the Rifftrax fan base's hunger for braindead formula pictures from the eighties.) In this section, he goes straight for Hollywood's exposed jugular: the big, loud, CGI-heavy SciFi epic, thus giving his fans a great deal of elegantly crafted eye candy to go with their mockery.

Oddly enough, one of my two favorites from the above list is a stop-motion Christmas cartoon I'd never heard of before (Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey). The other is, of course, Fellowship of the Ring--a really good movie mocked with a great deal of affection by Mike and Kevin. My two least favorite are the ugly, execrable Island of Dr. Moreau and the maddening Point Break.