Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese

Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese
by Michael J. Nelson [791.43 Nel]

Michael J. Nelson was one of the brilliant and satirical writers/performers behind many seasons of the late and lamented Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series. MST3K spent two hours each week mercilessly mocking bad movies, most often science fiction, horror or "biker" flicks. But not just mocking...Nelson and his comrades were mocking badness in very intelligent ways. Their schtick was that while a (bad) movie was playing, tiny silhouettes of Mike and his two robot companions appeared at the bottom of your tv screen and commented on the film's dialog, sets, etc. as the film played out. During an average 2-hour movie, you'd get perhaps 200 or more zingers from Mike and the bots, and many of those zingers were intellectual and well-informed. MST3K ended in 1999, and Nelson followed it up with this amusing collection of movie reviews and commentaries, filled with his goofy, sarcastic sense of humor. Not all of the essays in this collection are simple movie reviews...he also goes off on riffs about trends, actors, etc. If you're a fan of MST3K, you'll enjoy this. If you enjoy making fun of bad movies, you'll want to take a look. And if you just like reading movie reviews with a sense of humor, this is definitely right up your alley. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try to borrow episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 through InterLibrary Loan.] -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ official Movie Megacheese page on the official Michael J. Nelson web site ]

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