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:


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.”


Community season 4 review

c11Now that Community’s been canceled after its fifth season, I think it’s safe to say that season 4 will go down as the most controversial and disliked of the sitcom’s run.  It certainly had a lot of strikes against it from the get-go: Creator Dan Harmon had been fired, the episode count was reduced to 13, the premiere was delayed until the spring, Starburns was gone, and several other veterans on the creative side left.

But was it, as Abed always feared, the darkest timeline?  Was it Community without the soul, without the wit, and without the pop culture post-modernism that fans expected?

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It’s the darkest timeline indeed: NBC has canceled Community after its half-size fifth season run:

Community has gradually slipped in ratings over the years, and even the return of show creator Dan Harmon for season five couldn’t rejuvenate the series — at least in terms of overall viewership. Community has risked cancellation more than once, but NBC has stuck by the Joel McHale-led program until now.

Still, an exodus from network television doesn’t necessarily mean Community is done for. Production company Sony Pictures Television already has a cozy relationship with Netflix, so finding a new home for Community on the streaming service could be one possibility.

Welcome aboard Yeti!


yetiToday we get the privilege of introducing to you a new Mutant: Matthew AKA Yeti. We’ll be posting Yeti’s first review later today, but in the meanwhile check out his bio and silently judge him as you are all wont to do!

Yeti, according to Wikipedia, is an apelike creature who carries a large stone as a weapon and makes a whistling swoosh sound. Replace that large stone with a hacky sack and you have our newest Mutant. It is known he was raised by all wolves (females), which lead to his unfaltering love of The Jungle Book and all things “rom com”. After his fiftieth viewing of Cocktail he found his inner Tom Cruise and started bartending. He is currently slinging drinks for  celebrities at a movie theater in Los Angeles. Yes. A movie theater. He was last spotted arguing with Raven-Symone, remarking that Tangled was a better movie than Frozen.

  • Read Yeti’s reviews and articles!
  • Yeti’s Top 10 Movies: Disney’s Hercules, Point Break, Cocktail, Semi-Pro, Walk Hard, Road House, Bloodsport, Lord of the Rings, The Dark Knight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
  • Yeti on Twitter: @Yettibeats