Saturday night Matt and I went to the Alamo to see The Mads are Back show live. Trace Beaulieu & Frank Conniff travel around doing shows a little like the Rifftrax crew or the current MST3K crew. They pick an old B movie to riff with one or two shorts. Frank & Trace also did a signing before and after, along with a Q&A after the show.
Frank and Trace created, wrote, and starred as Dr. Clayton Forrester/Crow T. Robot (Trace) and TV’s Frank (Frank). Saturday we watched the movie, The Choppers (another Arch Hall Sr. great) starring Arch Hall Jr. The Choppers is a movie about a gang of teenage boys that’ve gotten into the business of chopping cars and selling the parts to a local junk yard.
As seems to be typical of the Arch Hall Sr. movies, his son plays his own music in The Choppers. There are a couple of scenes in this one where Arch Hall Jr. is either playing the guitar or listening to the radio on which his music is playing. Nothing is ever said about these songs belonging to Arch Hall Jr. it’s just a fun piece of trivia. I’ve included a clip down below (thanks YouTube).
I’ve seen a lot of bad movies at these events and no matter which group is doing the riffing, it’s always a good time. The Mads event was no different, although I’ll admit that it was nice of them to do a Q&A afterward, talking about the movies they watch, their days on the old MST3K and what goes into the scripts they create for these events.
You don’t have to have any knowledge or history with MST3K to go to one of these events though, not even the Rifftrax ones. If you’re down for a bad movie and some good jokes, find one of these events and have yourself a good night out.
My best friend and I attended a screening of Mortal Kombat this week at the Kansas City Alamo Drafthouse. If you don’t know about the Alamo Drafthouse you should definitely check to see if there’s one in your city, because they’re a lot of fun. The Alamo is a movie theater like few other. There’s a bar, movies, plus food and drink (including alcohol) service inside the theater during the movie. It’s lowkey and in addition to hosting regular and recent films, they also host a lot of events.
There’s always some kind of event upcoming at the Alamo, like this week’s screening of Mortal Kombat. It was round one of their Vs. series. When we entered the theater we were given a glow-in-the-dark necklace (blue) to use whenever Rayden came on screen. We were given a pair of sunglasses to wear whenever Johnny Cage was wearing his – and the crush later in the movie when Goro does the same. Then we had three confetti poppers each to set off when our favorite characters entered “Mortal Kombat”… or as the case was in our theater, whenever people felt there was a good moment in a fight.
Before the movie there was also a Super Nintendo Mortal Kombat tournament going on and everyone in attendance could watch the matches on the big screen. As the movie time drew closer and more people were arriving and watching, people cheered and booed during the fights, enjoying the scene no matter who was playing. During the movie, people are encouraged to quote along with their favorite lines – and we did! – and then we sang with the song during the credit sequence. My friend and I enjoyed “grown-up” Grilled Cheese with fries during the meal. We didn’t drink but often during one of these movies they offer special themed drinks with collector glasses. That wasn’t the case this night which was too bad.
Overall everytime I go to one of these events, I’m impressed with how it’s presented. Highly recommend.