Jury duty & Rifftrax Live! - The online computery journal thingy of a turtle
Oct. 29th, 2010
01:03 am - Jury duty & Rifftrax Live!
I had jury duty today. It was pretty easy; I had to get up a few hours earlier than usual, but [A] it was the county J.P. court instead of the downtown city court, and it's more laid back there; the security guard was passing the time chatting with some of the prospective jurors, and [B] it was a civil suit, and the parties settled without going to trial, so we all got to leave before lunch.
In the evening, I went to a Fathom Events show: RiffTrax Live! RiffTrax, in case you're unaware, consists of Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, half the creative minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000. They have a website where they provide humorous commentary tracks that you can buy, download and play over your DVDs of various hit movies; it's like MST3K Instant Soup Mix. You can also buy and download clips of weird old short films with commentary pre-added.
Anyway, they've been doing a series of live shows lately, simulcast in various theaters throughout the country, where they riff on various shorts and a feature film. Tonight, for a Halloween theme, they presented "(The) House on Haunted Hill", starring Vincent Price. It was hilarious! Head injuries! Slow scans of basements! Sidditives!
And before the main feature, they riffed on two shorts: "Magical Disappearing Money", featuring a scary grocery store witch, and "Paper and I", in which a creepy paper bag with a face abducts a sickly boy named Willy, transports him to the forests of the South (the only place forests exist, apparently) and shows him the horrific process by which his tree brethren get violently converted into paper. Very scary!