Red Letter Media
Red Letter Media, LLC, stylized as RedLetterMedia on YouTube, is an American film and video production company operated by independent filmmakers Mike Stoklasa (formerly of GMP Pictures) and Jay Bauman (formerly of Blanc Screen Cinema). The company was formed by Stoklasa in 2004 while living in Scottsdale, Arizona, but, as of 2011, is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It attracted significant attention in 2009 through Stoklasa's 70-minute video review of the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The review was posted in seven parts on YouTube, and was presented by his character "Harry S. Plinkett". While Stoklasa had published other video reviews of several Star Trek films before that, his The Phantom Menace and subsequent Star Wars prequel reviews were praised for both content and presentation.
|Founded||April 23, 2004|
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
|Total views||500 million|
|Updated December 2019|
|Footnotes / references|
Numerous other series have been produced by Red Letter Media, including several review-based web series (Half in the Bag, Best of the Worst, and re:View), short comedies (The Nerd Crew) and web series (The Grabowskis). Low budget features produced by and starring Stoklasa and Red Letter Media affiliates have been largely horror and comedy, such as Feeding Frenzy, The Recovered, Oranges: Revenge of the Eggplant and Space Cop. Alongside Stoklasa and Bauman, Red Letter Media also employs Rich Evans as a full-time actor and stagehand for their projects. Stoklasa, Bauman, Evans and friends Jack Packard, Josh Davis and Jessi Nakles appear as cast members for the vast majority of their releases.
Stoklasa created his first video review for Star Trek Generations after watching the film again in 2008. Stoklasa believed his own voice sounded "too boring" for the review and adopted the persona of Harry S. Plinkett, a character he had previously used in several short films (originally played by Rich Evans). The character first appeared in You're Invited! The Olsen Twins Movie, a short film that incorporates clips from The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley, in which the Olsen twins accept a phone call from a man named Mr. Plinkus, a name Stoklasa and Evans either misheard as, or altered to, Mr. Plinkett.
Plinkett has been described as "cranky", a "schizophrenic", and "psychotic" with a voice that has been called "a cross between Dan Aykroyd in The Blues Brothers and The Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill". The character has also been described as illiterate. He mispronounces words like "protagonist", and brags that he has never read a book and has no intention of doing so. He also displays ignorance of history, as shown by his confusion of the Cuban Missile Crisis with World War I, and the Nazi invasion of France with the French Revolution. Through side comments in narration, flashes of disturbing images, and cuts to live scenes filmed by Red Letter Media, Plinkett is implied to have murdered his various ex-wives. Glimpses of human remains and hostages seen in his basement indicate he may be a serial killer. Plinkett has said he is 119 years old and claimed to have been aboard the Titanic when it sank. He claims to have had a disappointing son who hanged himself in a gas station bathroom, and an "adopted" son he kidnapped from a grocery store parking lot. He has also claimed that the filmmaker Rian Johnson is his son. Plinkett also has a fondness for Totino's Pizza Rolls, and encourages feedback by promising to mail one to viewers who leave comments on his "webzone". While seeming oafish and moronic, Plinkett appears to demonstrate an astute understanding of film history and criticism, referencing numerous other films. His voice and other traits were intended to incorporate a sense of humor to avoid making the reviewer sound too much like a "nerd" or "armchair critic". Plinkett seems to live, or at least have lived, in Teaneck, New Jersey, having made references to its police department (in his Star Trek review) and the Cedar Lanes Cinema (in his Revenge of the Sith review). He also has a fondness for gambling in Atlantic City; some reviews give his mailing address as a slot machine at a casino there.
The Star Trek Generations review was met with many favorable comments, inspiring Stoklasa to review the other three Star Trek: The Next Generation films—First Contact (1996), Insurrection (1998), and Nemesis (2002). Inspired by these, Stoklasa created his review for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, citing his dislike of the franchise's prequel trilogy, and how it influenced a trend of films characterized by CGI spectacle, in lieu of the live-action stunts and meticulously crafted sets that characterized films of earlier decades.
Stoklasa does not believe that George Lucas "ruined [his] childhood" but instead "disappointed [his] adulthood" through Lucas' direction of the prequel trilogy; Stoklasa comments that Lucas did not have the same amount of control during the filming of the original trilogy that he had during the prequel trilogy, ultimately resulting in more memorable movies. He believes that Lucas continues to "devolve" the Star Wars franchise to target specifically younger audiences instead of the wide range of appeal that the original trilogy had.
While contradictions in continuity are to be expected in science fiction and fantasy franchises with established histories such as Star Trek, Stoklasa stated that it is virtually impossible for writers working in those franchises to write viable stories that avoid such contradictions entirely. While he does focus on such gaffes for material in his reviews, he states that what truly irritates him is sloppy writing, in particular writing that exhibits traits such as poor character motivation, lapses in common sense or questionable logic, in order to advance the film's plot. He cited the Star Wars prequels as an example, saying: "You're mesmerized by all the visuals and excitement on screen, but if you really stop and listen you'll realize that almost every line and every action makes no sense and is just there to get to the next special effects scene."
Stoklasa has since created reviews for the James Cameron films Avatar and Titanic, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Baby's Day Out (which was referenced at the end of the Attack of the Clones review), the children's movie Cop Dog (originally mentioned in a short update video), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as its sequel The Last Jedi, and the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. He also created a satirical short film review of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek and later followed it up with a full-length review.
Stoklasa has released audio commentary tracks done in the Plinkett character for Star Wars, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which are available for download. He has also created two brief video reviews based on the first two teaser trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII), which he notes builds on a previous comment about having Abrams direct a Star Wars film from his earlier Star Trek commentary.
In an interview, Stoklasa stated that in creating a review, he and a friend would watch the film only once while taking notes and frequently pausing the film to discuss scenes. After that, he would write a 20-30 page script for it in the Plinkett character, voice it, and edit it together along with some improvisations.
The Phantom Menace
Stoklasa's review of The Phantom Menace was published to YouTube on December 10, 2009, and quickly became popular, receiving over 5 million views since its release. The video was widely linked to by many people across the internet, including celebrities such as Damon Lindelof and Simon Pegg. In comparison to his earlier Star Trek movie reviews, which lasted 30 to 40 minutes, the Phantom Menace review had a total run time of approximately 70 minutes. The review took between seven and ten days to complete. Stoklasa believes that the film has no real protagonist or strong characters in general. He demonstrates this by asking his friends to describe characters from the original trilogy and Phantom Menace without referring to the characters' physical appearances or occupations. Juxtaposed with the colorful personality descriptions they give for the characters Han Solo and C-3PO, Stoklasa's friends are unable to come up with similarly definite descriptions for the Phantom Menace characters Qui-Gon Jinn and Padmé Amidala. Stoklasa believes that many of the decisions made by Jinn's character are highly questionable. He further suggests that the character is entirely unnecessary to the plot and overall story save to have a final climactic lightsaber battle. He notes Lucas' attempt to add more concurrent plot elements in each of the successive Star Wars films, which he refers to as "The Ending Multiplication Effect". Stoklasa then illustrates the chaotic and confusing nature of ending the film by pulling together four concurrent plot threads, each with a radically different tone, unclear objectives, and an overall lack of proper character motivation.
The review cuts among clips from The Phantom Menace, behind the scenes footage from the film's making-of documentary The Beginning, as well as the Plinkett sub-plot (which shows the character to be a murderous, emotionally unstable slob addicted to Totino's Pizza Rolls). Stoklasa also uses cutaways to unrelated still shots that he uses to make analogous comments or to inject additional irreverent humor.
Unlike many other fans and critics, Stoklasa only makes passing comments about the widely unpopular character Jar Jar Binks, though Plinkett does dismissively refer to him as a "cartoon rabbit that steps in the poopy". In a later interview, Stoklasa called Binks the "most realistic and understandable thing" in the film compared to all of the film's other problems and what most moviegoers could easily focus on when pointing out the film's faults.
Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle lauded the video's humor and Stoklasa's insights into filmmaking, despite the occasionally sophomoric tone of Mr. Plinkett. Even without the Mr. Plinkett voice, the analysis and critique from Stoklasa was considered to be "plenty fascinating", but with it, the review becomes a "deep-dish analysis packaged like a gonzo stand-up comedy routine". The review was considered to be "an epic, well-edited well-constructed piece of geek film criticism" by Peter Sciretta of /Film. Damon Lindelof, in a Twitter message on the video, noted that "Your life is about to change. This is astounding film making."
To coincide with the release of the 3D re-release of The Phantom Menace, Red Letter Media created a version of the review in 3D that can be viewed with standard red and cyan glasses. He also released an audio commentary track for the film done as Plinkett, which offered more criticism.
Attack of the Clones
Stoklasa's review of Attack of the Clones was previously announced by a trailer posted on January 6, 2010; the 90-minute review consisting of nine parts was posted to YouTube on April 3, 2010. The review gained similar recognition shortly after its posting. In the review, Stoklasa presents his thoughts on the romance between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, the miscasting of Samuel L. Jackson, and numerous visual allusions to The Empire Strikes Back. The video also continues the subplot of the prostitute, Nadine (Jocelyn Ridgely), locked in the basement from the Phantom Menace review, which is built up in the last minute or so of each part. Nadine is forced to watch Attack of the Clones with Plinkett, and at the end of the review she escapes from his house.
Within the first 48 hours of its posting, the first part of the review was pulled from YouTube based on a copyright infringement claim by Cartoon Network. Stoklasa was unsure of the reason for the claim and consequently whether to counter the claim or let it go, even after seeking legal help. Stoklasa commented that while using copyrighted clips as part of reviews and commentary is generally considered fair use, he was unsure how Lucasfilm would take a full deconstruction of the film. Stoklasa moved forward on the Attack of the Clones review only after Lucasfilm had remained silent about his Phantom Menace review. Furthermore, if the matter was not settled, he would have been unlikely to proceed with his plans for a similar review for Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Neither Lucasfilm nor Cartoon Network responded to the matter, but the claim was later retracted and the first part of the review was again available on YouTube. Stoklasa believed this was a combination of media coverage about the review, including interviews with MTV and fans writing to the parties involved to request its return.
Baby's Day Out
On June 17, 2010, Stoklasa's 25-minute "Baby's Day Out Review" was uploaded to YouTube. The review is about the 1994 film Baby's Day Out which was written and produced by John Hughes. This review takes place in the Plinkett story timeline between his Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith reviews. As part of the Star Wars review trilogy, this subplot review occurs because Nadine tricks Plinkett into watching the film while she makes her escape. Plinkett criticizes the film for its misunderstanding of comedy and physics, comparing it to a cartoon. An HD version of the video was uploaded to replace the original on July 1, 2016.
Revenge of the Sith
On December 31, 2010, Stoklasa's 110-minute review of the Revenge of the Sith was released on YouTube. The review had less content regarding the Plinkett-Nadine subplot, as Stoklasa felt it was already too long. The subplot was instead split into a separate short film and was released on March 10, 2011.
In the review, Mr. Plinkett notes that the only character he liked was Palpatine, as he was the only character who ever showed any charisma or clear motivation. Additionally, he again laments the use of blue-screen effects and the simplicity of the filming, claiming that there are only two types of scenes in the movie: Scenes done in shot, reverse-shot; and the "mind-numbing action sequences that the fanboys crave".
The review was noted by film critic Roger Ebert in his blog, who said, "I was pretty much sure I didn't have it with me to endure another review of [Revenge of the Sith]. Mr. Plinkett demonstrates to me that I was mistaken."
In a departure from his usual reviews of films and movies relating to science fiction and fantasy, on June 24, 2011, Stoklasa released a review of Cop Dog, first on Blip, and then later on YouTube. On April 27, 2012, Stoklasa was invited to the CPH:PIX 2012 Film Festival in Copenhagen to meet Danish film festival fans and discuss his unique brand of humor. There, despite it not being listed on the festival's catalog schedule, Stoklasa's review of Cop Dog was screened before a live audience, wherein afterwards he says he received unexpected excitement from the fans. At the end of Plinkett's Cop Dog review, he hints that his next review will be Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This occurs because the introduction of a puppy at the end of Cop Dog changes the calculated figures of worst films of all time in Plinkett's "Suckability Index Chart".
On April 24, 2012, Stoklasa's 62-minute "Mr. Plinkett's Titanic Review" video was released on YouTube. The review is an analysis of the 1997 James Cameron film Titanic. While Plinkett says he doesn't consider Titanic a bad film, he criticizes certain elements of the film, like the oversimplified love story between Jack and Rose and the one-dimensional portrayals of most characters, like Billy Zane's character as the main antagonist. He also states that the most interesting moments in the film are those that are much more similar in tone to his previous films like The Terminator and The Abyss. He ends the review by arguing that the reason the film was so beloved and popular is because how simple it is and how it appeals to general audiences. Stating that directors like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg know how "to tug at the important heartstrings" and refers to them as "the movie versions of Applebee's" commenting on how "Exceptionalism is the exception".
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
On March 21, 2014, Stoklasa's 71-minute "Mr. Plinkett's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Review" video was released on YouTube. Plinkett makes note that director Steven Spielberg had no interest in resurrecting the character and postulates that this lack of excitement for the project likely led to its poor quality. Plinkett mentions that the only character he enjoys in the film is Mutt Williams played by Shia Labeouf.
The Star Wars Awakens
On October 2, 2016, Stoklasa's 105-minute "Mr. Plinkett's The Star Wars Awakens Review" video was released on YouTube. Although it includes Stoklasa's review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, nearly half of the video is a broad examination of the Star Wars franchise as a whole. Topics explored in the video include the future of Star Wars under the ownership of The Walt Disney Company, an online fan theory known as the Star Wars Ring Theory, and recent praise that the prequel trilogy had received on the internet. The video contains a minor subplot in which George Lucas and J. J. Abrams each pose as a different repairman in separate attempts to murder Mr. Plinkett.
On August 8, 2017, Stoklasa's 58-minute "Mr. Plinkett's Ghostbusters (2016) Review" video was released on YouTube. The review focuses heavily on comparisons between the 2016 Ghostbusters remake directed by Paul Fieg and its original 1984 predecessor Ghostbusters. Plinkett criticizes the film for its lack of well-timed comedy, poor character development, and overuse of special effects. The sequel to the original film Ghostbusters 2 is vaguely referenced in the review.
Star Wars: The Last Plinkett Review
On August 28, 2018, Stoklasa's 58-minute "Star Wars: The Last Plinkett Review" video was released on YouTube. The review focuses on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Plinkett questions the script's poor military logic, numerous sub-plots and misplaced use of humor. He calls the film a "comedy of errors" and compares it to National Lampoon's Vacation. However, Plinkett also commends certain elements of the film, like Rey and Kylo's relationship in particular. He blames Disney for forcing Rian Johnson to displace characters from one location to the next for the sake of selling merchandise.
Stoklasa's reviews have been considered part of an emerging art form that hybridize mashup with video essays, as they use a combination of footage from the movie in question and other related sources.
Literary and cultural critic Benjamin Kirbach argues that Plinkett enacts a kind of détournement by recontextualizing images that would otherwise serve as Star Wars marketing material (such as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews). Defined by Guy Debord as "the reuse of preexisting artistic elements in a new ensemble", détournement is a way of generating meaning out of cultural texts that is antithetical to their original intent. Kirbach argues that Stoklasa uses this tactic to construct a subversive narrative that frames George Lucas as "a lazy, out-of-touch, and thoroughly unchallenged filmmaker".
Kirbach also argues that Plinkett's popularity can be explained, in part, as a form of catharsis. Because he is portrayed as insane, the Plinkett shtick "legitimates our nerd-rage by literalizing it". Plinkett enrolls George Lucas in an ongoing Oedipal drama as the castrating father figure, a father figure we are invited to rage against owing to his flagrant ineptitude. But aside from raw catharsis, Kirbach claims that Plinkett's insanity is also a critique of the film industry itself. By fictionalizing his critic, Stoklasa constructs a character who is unable to speak at a safe distance from the text he analyzes. "Plinkett becomes the figure of a consumer culture that has been force-fed Hollywood schlock beyond its carrying capacity," Kirbach writes. And further:
Stoklasa's major conceit—that someone would have to be "crazy" to watch movies the way Plinkett does—also implies a barely hidden inverse: that the film industry has induced a consumerist fantasy in people who don't watch movies this way. Plinkett's obscenity and jokiness are without a doubt designed to garner viewership, but they are also Stoklasa's apology for—or defense against—a culture that already construes his level of passion as pathological. This central irony leads us to question what is actually more insane: the consumer who rejects the expressions of a massive culture industry, or the massive culture industry itself. Plinkett satirizes the kind of consumer such a system generates: psychotic, sexist, homicidal.
In an interview with Esquire, comedian Patton Oswalt noted that the Mr. Plinkett reviews are an example of "amazing film scholarship" on the Star Wars prequels that demonstrate how much of the Star Wars universe is squandered by them. The Daily Telegraph called the reviews "legendary" and described them as being more popular than the actual films.
However, the reviews have also been criticized by Star Wars fans. Stoklasa stated that he feels "Star Wars to some people is like a religion so they respond to attacks on it as such." One fan wrote a 108-page-long point-by-point response to the Phantom Menace review, taking issue with many of Stoklasa's criticisms, which Stoklasa mocked in an announcement video for his Revenge of the Sith review.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, whilst critiquing CinemaSins' Everything Wrong With ... video of his film, Kong: Skull Island, for bad film criticism masked under the guise of "satire", praised Red Letter Media for good film criticism and satire, stating that "Red Letter Media's Phantom Menace review IS satire. They lampoon a certain type of nerd culture AND their takedown is accurate & thoughtful. Red Letter Media's critiques hold up under scrutiny. CinemaSins just wants to shit on things for the sake of shitting on them."
Red Letter Media also produces original feature-length films. Among the low-budget features Stoklasa and Bauman have produced and directed on Red Letter Media are the action-comedy film Oranges: Revenge of the Eggplant, made in 2005 and available on Netflix (currently only available for DVD rental, not for streaming); The Recovered, a horror thriller starring Tina Krause; and Feeding Frenzy, a 2010 genre-spoof of puppet monster movies like Gremlins. Feeding Frenzy featured Rich Evans as Mr. Plinkett; Evans originated the character in short films, and this feature was filmed before the popularity of the Phantom Menace review. Stoklasa's short films are usually dark comedies. Plinkett, played by Evans, appeared in several of them, starting with "You're Invited".
Stoklasa created and starred in five seasons of the web sitcom The Grabowskis, opposite Dixie Jacobs, about an exaggeratedly trashy and unpleasant sitcom family. Installments of the series were only a few seconds long at first (comically giving more screen time to the lengthy intro than the episode itself), but grew to full episode length over time.
On October 26, 2015, the company announced via a short video that it had completed the feature-length film Space Cop, which had been in production for at least seven years. Space Cop stars Evans in the titular role alongside Stoklasa, who wrote and directed the film. It was made available on January 12, 2016, on Blu-ray for $25 through Red Letter Media's Bandcamp page. The first run sold out in a matter of hours.
Half in the Bag
Half in the Bag is a regularly released series in which Stoklasa and Bauman review films in a more traditional format, albeit with a haphazard and fourth wall breaking overarching plot. Stoklasa has described it as a cross between Siskel and Ebert and a 1980s sitcom, with himself and Bauman playing VCR repairmen who discuss movies whilst finding increasingly convoluted ways of avoiding their scheduled repair work on Mr. Plinkett's VCR.
The show often features Plinkett portrayed by Evans. Fans often call this iteration of the character "Fake Plinkett", but Stoklasa has noted that Evans was the first person to portray Plinkett, with Stoklasa's later portrayal based on Evans's performance. Tim Heidecker, who hosts a satirical movie review show On Cinema, makes a cameo in episode 37 as the owner of the VCR repair shop who bequeaths employment to Jay and Mike.
Graham Linehan praised Red Letter Media in an interview with British comedian and writer Richard Herring on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. He spoke particularly about the Half in the Bag review of Jack and Jill, which he described as "brilliant".
Best of the Worst
Best of the Worst is a regularly-released series in which members of Red Letter Media watch and review multiple films ranging from B-movies to instructional videos, sometimes sent in by fans. After viewing and riffing on the films, a rotating panel of four sit to discuss what they just watched, typically expressing further contempt or ridicule for what they have just seen, though occasionally offering praise for films that show uncommon quality or effort. Panels typically consist of any combination of Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman, Rich Evans, Jessi Nakles, Jack Packard, Josh "The Wizard" Davis, or special guests. Panel participants then individually decide upon which film or video represents the "Best of the Worst". Viewing material that is deemed to be insulting, offensive, or especially poor is often destroyed in a creative fashion. Methods of destruction have included dissolving a VHS tape in acetone, forcing a DVD through a paper shredder, dragging a tape around the streets tied to the bumper of a car, and cooking a tape on a charcoal grill alongside cheeseburgers.
Canadian visual effects artists Colin Cunningham and Jim Maxwell, who have worked on numerous television series' and feature films, frequently appear as recurring guests. Special guests on the show have included screenwriters Max Landis and Simon Barrett, comic book artist Freddie Williams, actors Macaulay Culkin and Patton Oswalt, comedian Gillian Bellinger and indie film auteur Len Kabasinski.
Some episodes feature the "Wheel of the Worst", in which a wheel is spun to select which films/videos will be watched. Wheel selections are often videos that are either extremely bizarre (such as "Dog Sitter", a movie made to appeal to dogs), low budget instructional films, educational films and those which have little modern relevance (such as Chinese-language instructional tapes about how to use AOL). Videos featured on Wheel of the Worst are most frequently found on VHS tapes. The Daily Herald praised Best of the Worst for being Red Letter Media's most entertaining series.
The show occasionally features other gimmicks to randomly select viewing material such as the "Choose-And-Lose" and the Plinketto Board. Another subsection of Best of the Worst includes the "Black Spine Edition" where the group randomly selects VHS tapes which are missing informational or identification labels on the side of the cassette.
Sometimes the crew will review a specific film which they have previously viewed off camera and recommend to fans of poorly-conceived and poorly-executed B movies. They refer to reviews of this nature as their "Spotlight Series". The first of these reviews featured the film Hollywood Cop by director Amir Shervan was released on YouTube on June 21, 2017. In this format, low budget indie movies Suburban Sasquatch, Lycan Colony and The Last Vampire on Earth have also been featured.
In 2019, the crew introduced a 'Hall of Fame' for Best of the Worst, intended to represent the best things that have appeared on the show. There have only been three additions to the hall of fame thus far; actor Cameron Mitchell and low-budget films Surviving Edged Weapons and Creating Rem Lezar.
On May 24, 2016, the company released the first episode of a new series called re:View. Compared to the company's other shows, the format is a much more stripped down and straight forward approach to film critique. Two members of Red Letter Media sit in front of a red curtain and offer thoughts and insight on a film that they both enjoy. Films chosen for this feature are often either cult classics such as Pink Flamingos, Freddy Got Fingered and Martin, or well renowned genre-defining films like The Thing and Ghostbusters. Clips of the film being discussed are interwoven, typically to lend emphasis to a specific point being made, or to showcase some of the most memorable moments from the film.
For a re:View of The Guest, the screenwriter of the film, Simon Barrett, appeared as a guest and spoke about many behind the scenes aspects of the production. A similar insight into the background of a film the Red Letter Media crew enjoyed was shared in a two-part interview series with Samurai Cop lead Matt Hannon, though this occurred prior to the creation of the re:View branding and format. Former child star Macaulay Culkin made a guest appearance in a 2018 episode reviewing Hackers, and again in 2019, reviewing The Warriors.
The Nerd Crew: A Pop Culture Podcast
The first episode being uploaded to YouTube on 5 January 2017, The Nerd Crew parodies pop culture "fanboyism" and video series such as Screen Junkies, Collider, and The John Campea Show, with Stoklasa, Bauman and Evans playing "manchildren" demonstrating excessive enthusiasm over Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and other content aimed primarily at a juvenile audience. Product placement, native advertising and general subservience to entertainment mega-corporations are all satirized.
Since 2012, Red Letter Media has produced commentary tracks for various films, releasing them on Bandcamp. These began with three commentary tracks by Stoklasa as Mr. Plinkett, but the company has since released tracks by Stoklasa, Bauman, and Evans as themselves.
- Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (Mike Stoklasa as Mr. Plinkett)
- Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (Mike Stoklasa as Mr. Plinkett)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Mike Stoklasa as Mr. Plinkett)
- Alien vs. Predator
- Samurai Cop
- Ghostbusters II
- The Terminator
- Jurassic Park
- Batman & Robin
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- Return of the Jedi
- Masters of the Universe
- Rogue One
- The Room
- Justice League
- Jingle All the Way
- Army of Darkness
In July 2014 Red Letter Media affiliates Rich Evans and Jack Packard began a YouTube Video game review channel under the name Previously Recorded or Pre-Rec. Videos from the channel have been featured on the Red Letter Media website alongside other Red Letter Media content. The channel has been referenced in numerous Half in the Bag and Best of the Worst episodes, with Mike Stoklasa implying the Rec in Pre-Rec stands for rectum. On July 22, 2018 the duo announced that they would be broadcasting their final live stream on July 25, 2018 and then the channel would be put on hold for the foreseeable future afterwards.
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