Book Review: ‘Twenty Five Mystery Science Theater 3000 Films That Changed My Life in No Way Whatsoever’ by Frank Conniff

frank_conniff_bookFrank Conniff is better known as his Mystery Science Theater 3000 character, TV’s Frank. He joined that show as a writer in 1990 and quickly got a major on-screen role, a tenure that lasted for over a hundred episodes until he left after the sixth season. Although, he did make a cameo appearance in the tenth and final season.

Since then, he has been a comedy writer and even reunited with some of his Mystery Science Theater 3000 colleagues in another movie riffing project, Cinematic Titanic.

His book, Twenty Five Mystery Science Theater 3000 Films That Changed My Life in No Way Whatsoever is really enjoyable. It is also really short at only 104 pages.

Frank goes through several films that he feels guilt over for releasing them on the public through MST3K. While he does talk about these awful flicks, he more often than not gets sidetracked on hilarious rants about a variety of topics.

Sometimes he hits a little hard on his anti-Republican views but I get annoyed by those things regardless of what side of the political spectrum someone is on. Maybe that’s because I spent years writing political commentary, to the point that I tried to destroy my own brain but failed because pain is uncomfortable and my skull is just way too thick. At least, that’s what the guy who set off the dynamite told me.

I really like Frank Conniff’s book though. I just wish it would have been at least double the size and that despite the hilarity of his rants, more words were devoted to the films and the process behind the scenes at MST3K.

Rating: 6/10

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