"In spite of the show’s out-of-this-world premise – a man in space forced to watch bad movies alongside two wisecracking robots – the inspiration for many a host segment on Mystery Science Theater 3000 was decidedly down to Earth. Take the 1996 episode where they tackled ’70s schlockfest The Incredible Melting Man, during which budding filmmaker Crow T. Robot gets the chance to realize his dream project, Earth vs. Soup, which a major studio has bankrolled to the tune of…
“First and foremost, we had gone and done probably the stupidest thing we could do for our feature-film debut – a comedy about depression.”
So says Kevin McDonald in The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy, Paul Myers’s biography of the troupe, which had barely wrapped production on its fifth and final season when producer Lorne Michaels got them a development deal at Paramount. Various ideas were kicked around until the five Kids plus head writer Norm Hiscock landed…
"No point performing without an audience."
Shohei Imamura made his directorial debut for Nikkatsu with this dramedy about an itinerant kabuki troupe and its creatively stifled young director who slowly comes around to the idea that he'll have to leave it if he wants to achieve his artistic ambitions. In a way, this is a more rambunctious version of Ozu's Floating Weeds, which came out the following year. Not terribly surprising considering their temperaments.
This "film" has a running time of about 79 minutes. Here's how that breaks down:
5.5% - Kirk Cameron's smug, hot chocolate-obsessed introduction
3% - A seemingly unmotivated cutaway to what looks like a much more interesting movie but is, in fact, not (Bonus: We get to see this footage again in its entirety when it's placed in the proper context)
2.5% - Cheaply animated opening credits set to a ska cover of "Silent Night"
7.5% - Kirk's "brother-in-law" --…