Mutant Reviewers salutes Robin Williams

robinLast night was terribly sad for many of us, as we heard the news that Robin Williams had died.  The manic comedian might have struggled with drugs and depression over the years, but he was also a beacon of laughter, inspiration, and charm.  His stand-up work, TV appearances, and especially his movies made him a staple of our film landscape.

Today, Mutant Reviewers salutes Robin Williams and encourages you to explore some of his legacy:

Justin does Jocks

j1I’m going to try a new type of review here on Mutant Reviewers, an experiment that began with a rather impulsive purchase from Amazon.  I was doing a search for the third Meatballs film (which isn’t currently out on DVD, alas) when I came upon a “Too Cool for School Collection.”  It was almost too good to be true: 12 so-called cult comedies, mostly from the 80s, for $5.01.  Oh, I knew it was bad, even before I learned that they were all Crown International Pictures films (Mystery Science Theater 3000 loves CIP movies, if you need a reference), but how could I resist?  Twelve!  For five bucks!

And so I thought I’d go through these on a casual basis, and perhaps semi-live blog them instead of doing our typical review format.  First up on the docket is the 1987 film Jocks (box office gross: $120,000), which is an interesting title for what is clearly a tennis movie.  Are tennis athletes “jocks?”  I guess technically, but I would never be afraid of one as a geek in school.

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Happy Weird Al “Mandatory Fun” Day!

funI woke up giddy this morning, for it’s not every day that Weird Al Yankovic releases a new album.  But today is that glorious day, as Mandatory Fun, his 14th album, was released.

To celebrate the efforts of one of our favorite cult leaders, we’ve compiled a few articles and reviews of Weird Al here on Mutant Reviewers for you to check out:

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Community lives!  After being canceled by NBC after its fifth season, Yahoo has picked it up for season six:

We can’t promise a Community movie, but thanks to one Human Being-loving company (ahem, that’s Yahoo), Community will be getting revived for a sixth season, set to premiere this Fall on Yahoo Screen. Creator Dan Harmon and castmembers Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong have all signed on for Season 6.

“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition.”

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