We are alive! Yes, it's true, we've been a long time away — but that ends soon with the first release of our second season in October! The riff is recorded, the file created, and apart from recording a handful of new jokes, it is flat-out ready to go. We'll be starting things off with our long-anticipated riff of Ghost Rider: The Director's Cut, then presenting "Ghost Rider," a bus safety short! (One of those rare instances where we riff something that RiffTrax has already done — although we did our original recording months before they announced theirs)

Following close on that will come a series of more shorts and features which we will announce as they get closer to their release. However, we will announce two things:
  • Due to the long delay in getting our second season out, the second season will include a number of short riffs released to YouTube in their entirety, in addition to being sold on RiffTrax.com for $0.99.
  • The second season will be focused primarily on VOD (Video On Demand) releases, rather than mp3 releases. And we have some doozies picked out.
All this, and our Kickstarter backers will finally be seeing their rewards shipped as we kick i

Ms. Consumer is a brand new free riff. You can keep track of our newest riffs and previews by subscribing to our YouTube channel.
And don't forget - we're still raising money on Kickstarter for Season 2 of the Kids on the Street!
He's here! Meet Mister A in this complete, free-to-stream joint from the Kids on the Street:
Backers of our Kickstarter project have been able to see Mister A since Sunday, and this weekend they'll get to meet Ms. Consumer before anybody else gets the chance! Stop by, take a look at our incentives, and pledge to back the Kids on the Street for Season 2!
On Thusrday, you'll be able to see a brand new piece of movie humor from the Kids on the Street at YouTube -- in its entirety. Backers of the Kids on the Street Kickstarter, in the meantime, can jaunt on over and watch it in a backers-only update. The 5-minute Creative Commons-licensed riff is "The Chronicles of Mister A," and it's a doozy.
Mister A lights his pipe, which we are certain contains fine British tobacco
It's medicinal. Glaucoma, old chap.
Mister A is a character from that category of safety films that threw a character into dangerous situations, knowing that he had all of the situation-awareness and self-preservation skills of a Disney lemming on his fifth martini.
Mister A pockets a stack of British pounds
Thanks ever so much for the public safety funds. I'm off to Morocco.
One of the great things about doing movie humor is all of the wonderful life advice you can find squirreled away in these classics. Advice like, "When traveling abroad, carry only five one-pound bills in cash or civilization as we know it will end," and the all-important "don't eat breakfast in the middle of the street."
Mister A takes breakfast in the street
Somebody thought this was a good idea.
We've got quite a few updates on the Movie Humor front. First of all, the Kids on the Street are now the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. We're trying to raise $500 for new equipment. We have 30 days to do it, and our handy-dandy "Help the Kids on the Street" button has been redirected to our Kickstarter campaign. As little as a dollar will help us out!
Second, we've released the penultimate episode of Season 1, The Wild Ride. Starring Jack Nicholson, this classic juvenile delinquent flick features Jack Nicholson shirtless, Jack Nicholson turning on the smarmy charm, and Jack Nicholson in some of the most boring racing action ever filmed. It's available now as a video download at the iRiffs store, and it's great fun for everyone.
And, finally, what's up with our ballyhooed URL change? Well, GoDaddy hasn't exactly been swift to let go of domain registrations. We're still waiting on the domain change to finalize, at which point you'll need to update your bookmarks. So if the Kids on the Street page suddenly disappears, remember -- we're moving to bringbackmidnightmovies.com
If you've been following the Kids on our website, we wanted to give you a heads-up that on Friday (hopefully) our URL will be changing. We'll be going from our current URL to just plain ol' bringbackmidnightmovies.com -- a URL that currently feature information about another project the Kids were involved in, Suspiria's Rent-Free House of Horrors. Information that is badly in need of an update. That information will soon find a home here, as well.

Why the change? For one thing, as much as we love our hosts at Weebly (hi, guys!), it's easier to remember ".com" than to remember ".weebly.com." For another, the .com URL is currently handled by GoDaddy. You might have heard recently that GoDaddy support some very not-nice things (SOPA and the shooting of elephants among them). So we're going to be transferring the domain from GoDaddy to Weebly.

Stand by to update your bookmarks and your RSS feeds.

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We've been promising joints for "The Wild Ride" and "The Violent Years" since October -- and for very good reason. October's when we recorded them. But you'll notice that they haven't been released yet. There's a tale behind that -- a tale of intellectual property. I know, an exciting topic.
Craig Ferguson is a geek phenomenon. A straight-up Whovian with his own chat program so late at night that the network never notices what he's doing. Unless he says something they have to bleep.
But could it be that Craig Ferguson's show is even geekier than you previously thought possible? Can the only late-night host to openly admit to being a Harry Potter fan possibly get any more geek cred? Is it even possible to raise the geekfactor on a show where the host actually keeps a TARDIS on his desk and practically foamed at the mouth when the BBC lent him a Dalek?
It's the holiday season! Time to put up the tree, wrap the presents, and sit down to watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas." But after your thirty minutes of watching Charlie Brown destroy the joy of all who come before him, what are you left with? Santa Baby? Call Me Claus? Christmas Do-Over? Err... Santa Baby 2?
We know it can be rough finding a good Christmas movie. There's out there that can crush the holiday spirit out of you like a sprig of mistletoe wrapped around a sledgehammer. So the Kids on the Street Film put together a curated list.
Now, this is a list of "Great" movies, not "Best" movies. For one thing, we want to leave some room for us to do another six movies next year, and if we declared these the absolute best, there wouldn't be much point in returning to the same subject later, would there? That said, we welcome your suggestions for next year's list in our comments!

A Great Classic Christmas Movie - A Christmas Carol (1951)

Alastair Sim as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
It's on blu-ray. It looks great.
There are so many different movies that could be considered Christmas classics, but anybody can snap up It's a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. Choosing a version of A Christmas Carol? That's wading into the deep end of the pool. We're talking about a story where the main character has been portrayed by Albert Finney, Patrick Stewart, Jim Carrey, Tim Curry, and Sir Seymour Hicks (twice) -- and that's not even a quarter of the list.

Yes, Mr. Dickens' novel has been very, very good to the holiday season, and in particular to theater companies and film producers. It might have something to do with that whole "in the public domain" thing.

In 1951's A Christmas Carol, however, you'll see a lot more of the story than you're used to seeing adapted. The Cratchits may seem like a smaller part of the movie than usual, but it means there's more time to devote to scenes that have rarely made it into a film adaptation since. Don't be fooled by the budget price tag -- the blu-ray of this 1951 Christmas movie looks phenomenal.

A Great Christmas Movie From a Lousy Subgenre - Scrooged (1988)

Bill Murray as Frank Cross in Scrooged
Christmas movies have spawned some of the worst subgenres. There's the "Somebody has to replace Santa Claus" movie, the "Only one person can save Christmas now" movie, and the increasingly-popular "Santa Claus has a mercenary, business-like child" movie.

Scrooged is from the pretty-lousy subgenre of Dickens rewrites, and -- botched blu-ray cover art aside -- it remains a true modern classic.

Wait. 1988? This movie is over 20 years old? Maybe we're not allowed to call it a "modern" classic, then....

Nah, we'll call it a modern classic, since failure to do so would make some of the Kids feel very, very old.

What really sets this Christmas movie apart is that it clings to the spirit of A Christmas Carol without the slavish devotion to the text that kills so many other rewrites. It's all about digging deep to find what's important about the original story -- and being damned funny in the process.
Also, it opens with Lee Majors rescuing Santa from terrorists. How can you beat that?

A Great Christmas Movie That is Actually For A Different Holiday - The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the best movies out there about finding the Christmas spirit. It's funny, heartwarming, and filled with toe-tapping tunes about the holidays.

It's also not a movie about Christmas.

Yeah, I said it. One of the best Christmas movies from the 1990's is actually not a Christmas movie. Maybe a lot of it is focused on Christmas, and there's a specific jolly fat man in a red suit who plays an important role, but this is a Halloween movie through and through, bouncing giddily from demented to twisted.

More than that, we see the folly of Christmas turned into Halloween -- not through some horrible plot to destroy the holiday, but by the hands of people who just don't know any better. It's not just a movie about the Christmas spirit, it's a movie about the Halloween spirit and how the two differ from each other, making it not just a movie about the importance of keeping Christmas as Christmas, but also of keeping Halloween as Halloween.

A Great Christmas Movie Starring Muppets - A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)

A Muppet Family Christmas
For 80's kids, this was our extended family.
Hell to the yeah the Muppets get their own subgenre of Christmas movies. Once we include the made-for-TV Muppet Christmas movies, Henson's fine felt fellows would completely overrun this list. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas has to qualify as a classic, both The Muppets' Christmas Carol and It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie are great movies from lousy subgenres (Dickens rewrites and It's a Wonderful Life remakes, respectively) -- the Muppets are just that good.

A Muppet Family Christmas is a made-for-tv special that stands out from such an impressive body of work by tying together the entire world of Jim Henson. It's not just the Muppets who are present in this holiday celebration, but the Fraggles and the gang from Sesame Street, too. It manages to be touching, pleasant, and sweet without ever being maudlin or treacly, and while keeping all of the sharp humor and slapstick the Muppets are known for.

And you want to know something criminal? It's not in print! And the out-of-print DVDs will cost you a princely (eep!) $69.99! Not only that, but it's likely not to come back into print any time soon, considering that the Muppets, the Fraggles, and Sesame Street are all completely separate entities owned by completely separate companies. So rare DVD scalpers are your only (legal) option until somebody works out a deal and gets this baby back on shelves.

A Great Tangentially-Related-To-Christmas Movie - Ghostbusters II (1989)

Ghostbusters 2
Ghostbusters II
Bill Murray makes a second appearance in the Christmas A-Go-Go list, this time as Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters II. A movie that climaxes at New Years, which means that at least part of it takes place during Christmas. A fact illustrated by a split-second shot of the Ghostbusters topped with dapper Santa caps.

It's filled with supernatural suspense and slapstick, and shows New York City overrun by the dead-eyed grim specters of lost humanity. And then the ghosts start arriving. Ha! I kid. Kinda.

Sure, the movie isn't as good as the first Ghostbusters. But then, few movies are.

And holy crap is it becoming obvious we're kids of the 80's.

A Great Movie for People Who are Sick of Christmas Movies - The Princess Bride (1987)

Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride
Greatest movie... of all time?
Well, if we're kids of the 80's, we might as well embrace it.

Every now and then, the holiday season just gets to be just a little bit much. It's not that you're sick of the spirit, so much as you're sick of the endless productions of A Christmas Carol, the parade of Santa replacements and cloying candy cane-covered claptrap. You just want to step back for a moment and enjoy something that isn't quite so red-and-green. But you still want that warm glow of the holidays.

That's why we've picked The Princess Bride. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Glen and Elizabeth happen to think of it as possibly the best movie ever, but man -- the only way this movie could have more of the holiday spirit is if it were actually a Christmas movie. It's romantic, infused with family togetherness, and filled with adventure.

And it features the single greatest action comedy sequence of all time.