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Return of the Riffing

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:44

                Just back in December a crowd funding project over at Kickstarter broke records for money raised for a film/TV project. What that project was was to bring back a cult classic show called Mystery Science Theater 3000. If you’re unfamiliar, not only is your life inherently worse than mine because of it, but I’ll fill you in on the premise. A guy and a couple of robots, which are puppets, are trapped in a space station by a mad scientist and forced to watch really bad public domain movies, their only way of dealing with this torture is to make fun of everything. So the crowd funding project raised almost 13 million dollars for a new season of MST3K after it’s been off the air for over 15 years. This has prompted a lot of discussion about the show and one article in particular caught my eye. Here’s a link. The article is about how MST3K helped a man through two rough times in his life when he otherwise may have lost everything… he attributes MST3Ks ability to make light of the worst things as what saved him. And that got me thinking as to why MST3K is my most favorite show ever… and what it means to me. And I realized that while not only would there be no Tanked Matinee if it were for MST3K (this whole site was started by a bunch of friends watching bad movies and making fun of them), but it has a very special and personal impact on me as well.

About Us

Tanked Matinee is the place to go for good drinking movies. What do we mean by that? Simply speaking, we evaluate and recommend entertainment media based on how much fun it is to watch with friends on the sofa and a cold beer in hand.

Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

Tanked Matinee appreciates film as art, but when you're kicking back on Friday night with a tall Rum & Coke, you're not looking for art, man, you want to be entertained. We're here to recommend the best movies for your night in, whether it's a big party, small get-together, or just a quiet night alone with a bottle of wine or three.

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