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Consider: a young boy, growing up in an urban setting with seemingly absentee parents, purchases a special plant from a quirky man who has assumed the moniker "Papa Nikolai".  The boy goes on to guard his new greenery from others with a fervor that borders on the paranoid, lashing...
Average: 4.1 (29 votes)
Jun 4 2010
 Parts.  We all have them.  Some of them are public, like elbows and unibrows.  Some of them are private, like thigh pimples or the complete set of Bob Seger CDs that you pray your new girlfriend doesn't stumble across.  But did you know that people aren't the only...
Average: 4.5 (37 votes)
Jun 1 2010
Many times we find ourselves mocking the content of the educational shorts we feature here at RiffTrax.  Most of the time it is quite deserved; if you will recall, not too long ago we did a short entitled Buying Food.  But occasionally we'll stumble across one like Geography...
Average: 4.2 (37 votes)
May 28 2010
Reading: for now, it is the only way to experience the approximately four remaining books that have not been made into movies (three, after this summer's CGI heavy adaptation of Frog & Toad are Friends. Sam Worthington will play both title roles.) So you'd better be sure that your...
Average: 4.3 (28 votes)
May 21 2010
 Every now and then you meet a child who forever changes your perception of how stupid a child can be. There's your second cousin's boy, Leon, who spends summer afternoons black-widow-huntin' in the woodpile. Or little cross-eyed Margie, with her affinity for drinking liters of...
Average: 4.7 (65 votes)
May 18 2010
We all have a certain summer memory.  One that we find ourselves fondly reminiscing over as the days get longer and hotter.  A memory of a different time, when we still retained our childlike innocence, but possessed a desire to stretch our wings and explore the world around us. These...
Average: 4 (26 votes)
May 11 2010
The Families series of shorts is a beloved franchise with many proud, vital installments. Some other favorites: Families: Food and Failure, Families: Lies & Videotape, and perhaps most popular of all, Families: Dead and Loving It. But true connoisseurs, those with the...
Average: 4.8 (44 votes)
May 7 2010
Reading. Like it or not, (and as a people, we've cast a resounding vote for 'not'), it's something most of us have to do every day. Whether it's selectively combing news stories for the portions of them you agree with, figuring out what your $1.14 in change can buy you from the...
Average: 4.3 (32 votes)
May 4 2010
 Cats have a come a long way lately.  They "hung in there", indeed, on the wall posters of America's cubicles.  And now they are widely acknowledged as the foundation of the entire internet, and thus all modern culture.  Remove the cats, and you're left with...
Average: 4.5 (33 votes)
Apr 30 2010
Can genius be taught? It is one of the great philosophical questions. With enough time, patience, and dedication, can the next Van Gogh be created? Or is the mastery of an artistic discipline something that only a few people are born with the inherent capacity for? The producers of the series ...
Average: 4.5 (67 votes)
Apr 27 2010
 Do you hate stuff that's designed to save your life?  Does the inconvenience of having to flip the safety off your handgun before you use it to open a beer bottle drive you INSANE?  Do you snicker and point at children wearing bicycle helmets, contemptuous of their willingness...
Average: 4.5 (45 votes)
Apr 6 2010
Without knowing who Mr. Moto* is, you're probably slightly confused about why you would want to watch him take a walk.  "I can watch Mr. Jensen, the bald guy four doors down, take a walk anytime I feel like it," you say. Yes, we all know Mr. Jensen.  He carries a...
Average: 4.2 (43 votes)
Apr 2 2010
Aquarium.  Translated literally from the original Latin, it means "boredom box".  Every day, thousands of aquariums are completely ignored by passersby in our nation's dentist offices and Chinese restaurants.  They are also popular suicide destinations for little...
Average: 4.3 (35 votes)
Mar 30 2010
For years, the skunk has been the butt* of many a joke in pop culture. Due to our society's inherent anti-skunk bias, roles for these malodorous mustelids have been hard to come by. Pepe Le Pew is the go-to guy if you need a skunk in your picture. This is in spite of the fact that he is A) a...
Average: 4.6 (49 votes)
Mar 26 2010
Kids love to play games.  It is an indisputable fact, much like the existence of former Yankee outfielder Oscar Gamble.  But for a while, the only two games kids had to play were "Push a Hoop with a Stick" and "Hide Benjamin Franklin's whiskey."  For obvious...
Average: 4.4 (39 votes)
Mar 23 2010
Lindsay Lohan's meteoric rise to fame, and subsequent collapse in the glare of its harsh spotlight, is just a recent iteration of a tale as old as time. Many are quick to judge her, but in a world where the lines between tabloid news and honest journalism are increasingly blurry -- excuse me?...
Average: 4.1 (39 votes)
Mar 9 2010
Call It Free Part 2 continues the madcap service station antics that viewers of Call It Free Part 1 demanded More, More, More* of! All of your favorite characters are back. Herb (not a woman). Jerry (not a woman). Hank, (astute viewers will recall that Hank is a woman.) But...
Average: 4.3 (35 votes)
Mar 5 2010
There are some conversational topics that most men will avoid at all costs. Guessing a woman's age, Barbra Streisand's Yentl, and the appeal of Justin Bieber rank high among them. But there is one subject that rises above even these, one issue guaranteed to turn even the proudest male into...
Average: 4.3 (44 votes)
Mar 2 2010
For the past four months, there has been a gaping hole in Thrift-related RiffTrax content. After the release of American Thrift Part I, Thrift lovers everywhere were high and dry, left to wonder, much like Lost fans, whether or not the show's creators had an ending in mind the whole...
Average: 4.2 (36 votes)
Feb 26 2010
Aquatic Champions. For years their achievements went largely unnoticed, mainly due to the fact that everyone can quickly come up with a list of dozens of things they would rather do than watch someone swim competitively. Five just sprang to your mind while reading this sentence alone. But in 1948,...
Average: 4 (30 votes)
Jan 5 2010
Have you ever been on the Disneyland ride, "It's a Small World After All"?  Wait, where are you going!  Come back!  This short isn't about that ride.  It contains no references to that ride.  I'm sorry, I shouldn't have brought it up so abruptly....
Average: 4.6 (55 votes)
Dec 30 2009
It’s the sunniest Night Before Christmas yet. Not a creature is stirring, not even the stuffed, mummified mouse that’s lovingly stapled to the floor. Sugarplums dance in the heads of children, causing the children to wonder, what’s a sugarplum, and why would it dance so...
Average: 4.4 (20 votes)
Dec 24 2009
Santa Claus, famous fat Saint, is best known for his advances in forced deer flight and his work as a firm-but-fair elf foreman. But the man is even more gifted than his great big sack (*cough*), as we learn in the supernatural thriller Christmas Dream! Call him Professor X-mas, as his telepathic...
Average: 4.6 (25 votes)
Dec 22 2009
The story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer has been told and retold countless times, in film, TV and song. All of those other versions are better than this one. Even the cold war-era East German version "Rudolf van der Schlittenfahrt", which features far more marching and distant machine...
Average: 4.4 (42 votes)
Dec 21 2009
George Bailey running down the streets of Bedford Falls. Linus explaining to a hushed audience what Christmas is really about. A desperate Arnold suiting up as Turbo Man for the Christmas parade. In no specific order, these were our top Christmas movie moments. But we think that after watching...
Average: 4.6 (31 votes)
Dec 18 2009
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