Teresa D. Lee
Owensboro, KY, USA
Teresa D. Recommends
50/50 is a great film for discussing disease realistically as a new normal for the person who lives with it. It's only dark for those who have the luxury of being afraid. The beauty of this film is it's humorous tone, which you need to maintain yourself if you ever have your own Normal similarly shifted.
Most MSTies do not give J. Elvis Weinstein enough credit. He was already a talented comic at age 18 when MST3K started, and he created Tom Servo. He is also a decent musician, and he wrote the theme music for Cinematic Titanic. See him perform with Cinematic Titanic: cinematictitanic.com Read his jokes! twitter.com/#!/jelvisweinstein
Mary Jo Pehl is a brilliant writer and comedienne. As both Pearl Forrester and Magic Voice, she could be alternately wryly sarcastic and energetically wacky. As both writer and performer, she has long been a role model to me. No longer on MST3K, she now performs with fellow MST3K alumni as Cinematic Titanic. See them live! cinematictitanic.com Read her blog! mjpehl.com
Besides being one of many funny writers on MST3K and cracking me up as TV's Frank, Frank Conniff had the good[?] taste to review and select most of the movies riffed on the show during its Comedy Central run. He can be seen performing live with teams Cinematic Titanic and Cartoon Dump. He is also a frequent contributor to the David Feldman comedy podcast you may find on iTunes.
Trace Beaulieu was in my opinion the most gifted actor on Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was brilliantly playful as Crow T. Robot and playfully brilliant as Dr. Clayton Forrester. And his vocal impressions during movie riffing always left me in awe. He writes too! Check out his brilliantly playful book of rhymes at tracebeaulieu.com/sillyrhymes/
Joel Hodgson has been an inspiration to me since I discovered his show, Mystery Science Theater 3000, at age ten. I've since gotten an art degree, failed to take up magic as a hobby, learned Japanese and lived in Japan for a year, and started to write jokes of my own. All inspired by liking his creation. God knows if I'll ever amount to anything, but I'm more interesting for knowing who he is.
The Gamera movies were my introduction to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and remain some of my favorite episodes. I recommend that you pick up not only this episode but the four other Gamera movie episodes of MST3K in Shout Factory's MST3K vs. Gamera box set:
MST3K can be used as a litmus test for detecting kindness and wit, and I have made so many friends based on a mutual love of it. If you get this show, you are patient and kind and likely have a very literate sense of humor. And with hundreds of jokes per episode, you will always find one that seems to have been written for you.
Cinematic Titanic consists of MST3K creator Joel Hodgson and writers/performers Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Mary Jo Pehl, and Frank Conniff. [That's the first two robots, Pearl Forrester, and TV's Frank, if you are more familiar with MST3K's later run on the SciFi Channel.]
They riff movies live and also release DVDs. For show info and the online store, see cinematictitanic.com.
I listened to Stereolab on a long winter car ride with my father, and the music perfectly matched the falling snow we were driving through. The energy rises and falls, but overall it's this wall of electronic sound and interwoven layers of music you can reflect upon.
The lens is really amazing-- sparkly clear like a diamond.
It has two little lights on top that tell you whether you are over or under exposing the shot, and symbols on the aperture dial for sun etc.
Cons: Using a rangefinder for the first time may be a surprise for people who are used to SLRs. But this seems to be a good first rangefinder. People on Ebay don't know what they're selling though.