For the Birds

Only in certain human endeavors can something attain a level of awfulness that it completes some weird circuit and be-comes good. Bad songs can be entertaining, ugly paintings can be desirable, skinny jeans can somehow maintain a hold on the crotches and minds of America. On the other hand, bad food’s flavor can never be improved by kitsch, and no one’s going to laugh over outpatient surgery gone horribly wrong. But oh, film. What creation elevates the awful to the sublime better than film! And what film trips heavenward these days better than Birdemic: Shock and Terror? Birdemic is of course about a bunch of poorly rendered CG birds attacking a guy who is improbably successful in business and love, and his new model girlfriend, in scenic Half Moon Bay. People with higher brain function call the movie the worst ever made, so it’s inevi-table that three of the wits behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 — Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett — should analyze this densest of texts. As part of their current gig, RiffTrax, the film-skewering is being broadcast live to theaters (though tape-delayed way out here in the West) across the country — perhaps the only national debate that really matters anymore.
Thu., Oct. 25, 8 p.m., 2012

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