Friday, February 20, 2015

3 RiffTrax B-Movies to Watch Instead of the Oscars

This Sunday night may be the 87th Academy Awards, but who wants to sit around for hours and watch a bunch of celebrities congratulate themselves and try way too hard to be funny?  Wouldn't you rather watch them act in terrible movies while listening to jokes that are actually funny?

I have three RiffTrax B-movies for you to purchase and then watch this Sunday evening in place of watching the Oscars.  All three of them star actors who were nominated for Academy Awards, and one who actually won the coveted Oscar.   Of course, those nominations (and win) have nothing to do with these particular films.  
Psycho II

The first terrible sequel to one of the greatest movies of all time, Psycho II sees Norman Bates being released from psychiatric care.  Wonder if the rehabilitation worked?

Who was nominated, and for what?
  • Anthony Perkins - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Friendly Persuasion, 1959
  • Meg Tilly - Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Agnes of God, 1985
  • Robert Loggia - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Jagged Edge, 1985
Night of the Lepus

Mutant. Killer. Rabbits.  I saw this movie on a rainy Saturday afternoon when I was younger.  I tried telling other people about it, but no one knew what I was talking about.  In fact, until the RiffTrax release, I wasn't sure if I had actually seen it or if I only imagined it. 

Who was nominated, and for what?
  • Stuart Whitman - Best Actor in a Leading Role - The Mark, 1961
  • Janet Leigh - Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Psycho, 1960

Wrapping up this list is a movie about Christopher Walken fighting drug dealers, the mafia, and a Columbian dictator.  And it has Micheal Ironside.  What else do you need?

Who was nominated, and for what?
  • Christopher Walken - WON - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - The Deer Hunter, 1978, & Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Catch Me If You Can, 2002

In closing, I would like to once again stress the importance of buying these riffs.  Mike, Bill, Kevin, and the rest of the writers (like Conor, Sean, and the other Mike) work really hard to bring this level of entertainment to us all.  I mean, they are the poor souls who have to sit and watch these movies over and over again without the benefit of the riffs.  That is more than worth the extremely reasonable price tags on these movies.  And if you do get these riffs by other means, you can still throw some money their way by heading to the donations page.