Friday, August 29, 2014

1008 - Final Justice

First Broadcast - 11 pm Sunday, June 20th 1999
Excellence Level: Silver
Movie Pain: High - Sluggish, slobby cinema that gives me gas
Riffing: Solid, good humor
Skits: Wildly funny

The SOL crew is sent another Joe Don Baker masterpiece. I didn't find the riffing as consistently sharp as it was for "Mitchell" - never the less, M&TB do get in their fair share of solid shots at the bloated one (including a great song during the credits).

Film-wise; I got real tired of watching Joe Don chase and chase and chase a guy, only to get knocked cold by the slightest punch! And the line, "Go Ahead On" (??) I guess was suppose to rival Dirty Harry's, "Go Ahead, Make My Day", as a catchy tag line (It fails miserably).

On the MSTing side of it: The host segments are funny (Goosio, Servo sings "Yes", Crow reports on Malta), the riffing's sometimes dark but kept me laughing (Joe Don gets kicked repeatedly and Servo says, "it does look fun, I have to say") and we get another sight gag (Mike runs from a car). Also, The bit about Mike thinking it's his turn to escape -since Joel did after a Joe Don flick- is wicked fun.

Host Segments
Intro: Servo ponders about the owner of a lonely heart, and how it compares to, lets say... the owner of a pencil. Segment 1: Yes attacks and Pearl introduces fun in the workplace, to a degree. Segment 2: M&TB illustrate a complaint, and receive a very specific agreement from Pearl. Oops, Mike's tripping! Segment 3: The bots destroy the beloved Maltan folk hero, Goosio. Segment 4: Crow reports on Malta and it's womanly men who constantly wet themselves. End: Is it Mike's turn to escape? And funny dress up day turns sour. Stinger: "Go ahead on!"

Notable Riffs
"Clowns. Terrifying in any country." - Crow
"High Goon." - Servo
"And now the thick, meaty conclusion of Final Justice!" - Crow
"Aw, thank you, little lady." - "You're welcome, huge man." - Joe Don/Crow
"He's got double chins on his eye lids." - Servo
"His arteries are just looking at each other, shakin' their heads." - Crow
"In the time it takes him to fall the government in Italy changes three times." - Crow
"There's a bunch of armed nuns on jet skis out there waiting for him." - Mike
"You know, nets are overrated weapons." - "Yeah, throw a danish at him: that'll work better." - Crow/Mike
"First time water has hit his pants in over a year." - "At least from the outside." - Servo/Mike
"The 3 inch taxi cab driver." - Crow
"Look, it's the Lady Elaine Fairchild float." - Crow
"I'm telling the mob! Mob, he's shooting at me!" - Crow
"His weight is forcing him down the stairs." - Crow
"Meatloaf: Texas Ranger." - Mike
"It's dangerous for Joe Don to be in the water. Someones bound to harpoon him." - Servo
"Wow this movies really drawn me in! a deep well of despair." - Crow
"Yes, and after all that, our hero is down with one punch." - Servo
"A giant baby in a hat." - Crow on Joe Don
"Ah you don't want Joe Don throwin' a stool at you." - Crow
"You're getting Vitalis on the turtles." - Crow
"You've given me a lot to think about... like how can one man be so sweaty?" - Servo as Maria
"When did she change into her leather action skirt?" - Mike

Riff Explained
"Executive producer, the Sun King" - Servo
Said when the credit for "Louis George" pops on screen: France's Louis XIV was known as the Sun King. At 72 years, King Louis had the longest reign in European history (1643-1715).

"The guy on the right is from the Knack" - Crow
Power pop band, The Knack, had a huge hit in 1979 with the song "My Sharona" (6 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts). The foursome all dressed the same, black jackets with tie, much like the character in the movie.

Stuff & Nonsense
* Much like Hitchcock... err or the guys who made Manos and Werewolf. The director (and screenwriter) of this film, Greydon Clark, also gave himself a part on screen. He's Sheriff Bob, the guy who falls twice when he's shot.

* But that's not the only crew member who pulled double duty. Editor Larry Bock played the walking drunk. Iris Mifsud was the films hair stylist and is seen on screen as the mother in the plaza (with her real life son). The woman in the Church was makeup artist Lina Galea Cumbo

* Composer David Bell will find better work later in his career. Writing scores for the Trek series - Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise.

Available on DVD: Volume 14

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