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THE FP (2011)

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THE FP (2011)

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THE BUZZ

     In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, gangs vie for control of Frazier Park (abbreviated as titular The FP) through a brutal blood sport much akin to the thunderdome. Except instead of any real blood sport, it’s a dance game called Beat-Beat Revolution. After his brother BTRO gets literally served to death by a rival gang’s superior performance, JTRO (played by writer and director Jason Trost) leaves the FP. However, a year later, the park is in shambles due to the evil gang’s malevolent rule, and JTRO must return to save the day and serve up some white-hot BBR revenge. Featuring awesome sets, insanely high BPM techno, good costuming, and ……..odd humor, this film was ignored by many, shat on by a bunch of critics, and watched by few. But fuck the haters, this movie is awesome, and you should watch it.

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

     We here at Tanked Matinee are big fans of self-aware comedy. Yes, this film is a post-apocalyptic, sullen, angsty revenge romp that is entirely dark-colored from start to finish. But it is in no way, shape, or form a dark movie. Every single scene is completely straight-faced and over-serious, but at the same time, so was Airplane! In reality, this movie plays out like a straight-to-VHS flick, except that The FP maintains fully tongue-in-cheek for the duration of the film. The opening scene made me laugh out loud. Pretty solid for a film that doesn’t primarily bill itself as a comedy. To me, it felt like a real throwback to silly high-concept, yet depressingly unironic low-budget movies from the 80s, but with the benefit of being high definition, loaded with blasting techno, and aware of what it is. There are tons of surprises in this film; when you find out what caused the apocalypse, you will likely repeat it among your friends for years.

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

     If you really don’t like techno, don’t watch this movie. Also, the strange vibe that this movie gives off may make some people have a conflict of tone, considering deadpan almost absurdity is weird on its own, but add in a post-apocalyptic wasteland? I could see that being weird to people. I’ve read a couple complaints online that it’s a stupid movie. No fucking shit, Sherlock; you started a film about a guy avenging his brother’s death via underground DDR matches, yet you complain that the plot is dumb? Yeah, I’d say this film isn’t for everyone. It’s definitely not Death at a Funeral, but if you watch it as almost a parody of itself (which, frankly, it is), this movie ends up being far more clever than meets the eye. Honestly, I think most people were confused as to what this movie is supposed to be, and the rest are boring.

THE ATMOSPHERE: Large Party, Casual Gathering

    This movie is so high-energy, I can’t really see myself specifically recommending it for occasions other than a big party or a gathering leading up to one. However, any time you need to inject some energy into your occasion, and the idea of high-stakes DDR appeals to you, put this on and be like JSTRO; never ignorant in getting goals accomplished.

DRINK

Once each time someone says FP

Twice each time L Dubba E (the villain) talks

Thrice each time a game of BBR starts up

(Half-blind mode) Once each shot an eyepatch is onscreen

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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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