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Values: Understanding Ourselves is the tale of three small boys who find a rusty hubcap in an abandoned lot and take turns rubbing it and wishing for it to turn them into a fellow classmate.  "Stop right there", you are no doubt saying. "If Hollywood decides to revisit...
Average: 3.9 (49 votes)
Nov 9 2010
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When we first received Magical Disappearing Money we assumed it was an M.C. Hammer biopic. Fortunately, it turned out to be something even more pathetic and strange!  It’s the tale of a supermarket haunted by a witch, but not your standard-issue Hollywood witch. She’s more...
Average: 4.8 (154 votes)
Nov 2 2010
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Life in Australia can be extremely hazardous.  There's Tasmanian devil attacks, lethal doses of vegemite and large, bearded, drunken men.  And that's just in the Parliament building!* Once you head out into the bush - just allow that to sink in for a second - the dangers of a vest...
Average: 4.1 (76 votes)
Oct 26 2010
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In working on Monkey See, Monkey Do: Verbs, we came across a rare find: a behind-the-scenes audio recording from the making of the film! Before submitting the material to a museum, where it belongs, we've transcribed the conversation: Producer Norman Bean and Director of Photography,...
Average: 4.2 (58 votes)
Oct 19 2010
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You can't underestimate the importance of a good title.  What would "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" be if it were called "Some Stuff That Good People Do Good"?  Or if "Who Moved my Cheese" had been called "How is this bottle of EZ Cheez...
Average: 4 (56 votes)
Oct 15 2010
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Safe Living at School pulls no punches with its straightforward title:  This is a short which attempts to tell you how to make it through the school day unscathed.  Your elementary school is a virtual house of horrors, where an act as innocuous as opening a locker can result...
Average: 4.4 (52 votes)
Oct 12 2010
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Listen up, pizza-faced creeps!  Until now, you’ve suffered shameful, wretched existences.  Cowering in dark cellars.  Adopting beekeeping as a hobby, just for the veil.  Wearing a drug store Ninja Turtle Halloween mask all year long, playing it off as an ironic affectation...
Average: 4.4 (45 votes)
Oct 5 2010
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When we're deciding what shorts to screen here at RiffTrax, there's a 27 step, bullet-pointed criteria we use.  Then we just pick the ones with the funniest title.  More often than not, this leads to disappointment.  It turns out that Why Do We Still Have Mountains* was...
Average: 4 (55 votes)
Sep 28 2010
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When police inspector Launchpad McQuack receives a phone call that Huey, Dewey and Louie have gone missing, his initial inclination was to suspect the Beagle Boys - a suspicion that his neighbor Donald Duck was only too happy to go along with.  But Donald seemed a little too ...
Average: 4.3 (44 votes)
Sep 21 2010
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Some questions are as old as time.  “Why are we here?”  “Can love really last?”  “Who let the dogs out?”  “Is corn grass?”  But there’s one ancient question that’s sure to chill you to the bone, when asked creepily...
Average: 4.5 (46 votes)
Sep 14 2010
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What would you do if you visited an elderly aunt only to find her injured on the floor?  Would you regret that you had not been there when she fell from the stepladder, because if you had you could have captured the hilarious moment on video?  Uploaded the video to YouTube, to see it...
Average: 4.3 (41 votes)
Sep 7 2010
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In honor of Alone at Home, we did a little research on a similarly-titled film only to discover that Macaulay Culkin recently turned 30.  That’s right, the kid from Home Alone is 30 years old.  How ‘bout that for a dose of reality?  A reminder of time’s...
Average: 4.6 (45 votes)
Aug 31 2010
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When the 1920's ended, America was left with a shortage of crazy fads.  Goldfish went un-swallowed.  Flagpoles went un-sat upon.  Charleston's went un-charlestoned. Dozens of dead bodies were pried out of a single phone booth. By and large people stopped messing around and...
Average: 4.7 (103 votes)
Aug 24 2010
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In preparation for working on Fad Diet Circus, we here at RiffTrax decided to try out a few of the more popular fad diets.  We started with the “Macho Man Randy Savage Diet”, which allows only foods that you can “Snap into!”  Then there was the “Soup-Made-...
Average: 4.2 (41 votes)
Aug 16 2010
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School's out, and this summer, there's only one place to find elementary school children.  No, not the basketball courts.  No, not the movie theater.  No, not the swimming hole, they cut down the rope swing after Tommy broke his leg.  No, not the mall.  No, not...
Average: 4.5 (56 votes)
Aug 13 2010
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As any dorm poster covered in photographs of shots that no adult would actually order at a bar could tell you, “Life is full of difficult decisions.”  Tommy, the hero of Decisions, Decisions, would surely agree.  His life has recently been rocked, as he was forced to move to a...
Average: 3.8 (33 votes)
Aug 10 2010
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It's every parent's nightmare:  You're woken up at 3AM by a knock at your front door.  When you open it, there's a somber looking policeman standing there, his hat in his hands. He avoids eye contact with you, and his voice quivers as he begins to speak.  Before he...
Average: 4.5 (75 votes)
Aug 6 2010
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In honor of our new short, Things Are Different Now, we’d like to list some things that are different now.  In 2004, Mel Gibson was featured in Time’s “Man of the Year” issue for the success and spiritual impact of his film The Passion of the Christ.  ...
Average: 4 (27 votes)
Jul 23 2010
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You may think you know your Mealtime Manners, but much like the recent Kevorkian biopic that, despite starring Al Pacino, was sadly neither unintentionally hilarious nor full of rapid fluctuations in vocal volume, You Don't Know Jack! Mealtime Manners & Health posits the radical notion...
Average: 4.1 (31 votes)
Jul 9 2010
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Teaching kids about the evils of racism in a clear, culturally-sensitive manner is a difficult task.  Fortunately for us, it’s something the makers of educational shorts from decades past were woefully inept at!  Are People All the Same? takes an interesting approach.  In order...
Average: 4.2 (36 votes)
Jul 6 2010
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The bartender says "I was talking to the duck!"  And, so it was finished, before it had even begun.  She was a dark and stormy dame.  Really, that's a badger?  "Over there, behind the fake tree," she said.  The record scratched at midnight, as it...
Average: 4.1 (30 votes)
Jul 2 2010
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For years, The Weather has been the go-to topic for nervously discussing with your co-workers whenever you end up sharing an elevator with them after you fail to see them pull into the parking lot at the same time as you, leaving you unable to adjust your route on the fly.  "Some weather...
Average: 4.2 (21 votes)
Jun 29 2010
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Meet Roy, elementary school student.  Some children learn with more ease than others.  Every child learns with more ease than Roy.  He wants nothing from life except to be left alone: shy, silent, whittling off pieces of his desk in hopes that he’ll eventually find one that...
Average: 4.1 (35 votes)
Jun 25 2010
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Join the middle-aged drummer as this thrilling documentary follows his exploits during Rush’s 2009 Asian tour.  Leaving in his wake several bottles of FiberCon, completely unnecessary drum kit pieces, and pulp 1950s Sci-Fi novels with highlighted passages marked “use for lyrics...
Average: 4.2 (26 votes)
Jun 18 2010
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Do you ever stop to reflect on what an ungrateful, useless little puke you were as a child?  Like when your father came home after his 60 hour work week with the new lunchbox he thought you wanted, and you threw a red-faced tantrum because it was Go-Bots, not Transformers?  Or the time...
Average: 4.6 (43 votes)
Jun 15 2010
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