The FP

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I was going to review the new reissue of 1979’s The Visitor, but then a funny thing happened. I watched The Visitor. It’s hardly news to say that this thirty four year old movie is a mental fingerbang that bends genres and somehow teases both brilliance and stupidity, but I’m saying it anyway. Both highly derivative and wholly original, the film cherry picks elements from The Omen, The Fury, Phantasm, and more, and then swirls them together in a psychedelic mélange of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and pure nuttiness as it tells the story of good and evil battling over a young girl’s potty-mouthed soul. There are a handful of small distributors (including Severin Films, Vinegar Syndrome, Synapse Films) that bring weird and obscure older films to home video, but for most of them that’s their niche. It’s what they do, the very purpose of the label, and those of us who love movies are grateful for it. Code Red DVD is one such example, and a fitting one too as they were the first to bring The Visitor to the U.S. in an uncut incarnation on DVD a few years ago (that can still be purchased here). Their reach is small though, so the announcement that Drafthouse Films had acquired the film for a remastered rollout in theaters followed by a Blu-ray/DVD release was music to the ears (and eyes) of strange-cinema fans everywhere. It’s great news for many reasons, but most noticeably it’s a reminder that even with Academy Award nominees […]

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This Week in DVD

Welcome back to This Week In DVD! It seems the long national nightmare is over, as through no small part of our own, This Week In Blu-ray has been found alive and well after 76 grueling days. It was just two weeks ago that we made a plea for the safe return of Neil Miller’s column, and now we’ve gotten just that. Give it a read, and don’t let the fact that he’s wrong about A Bag of Hammers turn you away. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series Sarah Silverman brings her particular brand of crass, crazy and oddly sexy humor to Comedy Central with this series that follows her daily adventures alongside her sister Laura, her big, orange, gay neighbors Brian and Steve, her dog Doug, and an affable officer of the law named Officer Jay. Sarah the character is foul mouthed, selfish and liable to piss off just about everyone as she goes about her day to day life, and Sarah the comedienne makes her very, very convincing with comedy that wavers between smart commentary, edgy observations and poop jokes. Her antics and voice are definitely not for everyone, but if you like your laughs in the form of attractive, crude and attractively crude women you really can’t go wrong with this very funny lady.

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This Week in Blu-ray

This Week in Blu-ray we take a trip to Louie’s house for a season worth of awkward moments, we get our Beat Beat moon boots on for some warfare in The FP and we run around with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston before joining a commune that worships the gun work of Paz Vega. It’s another busy week, so bring your wallets. Louie: The Complete Second Season The Pitch: Louis C.K. returns to stand-up, awkward dates and fending off a nervous breakdown. Even though it lost a bit of momentum toward the end of its second season, Louie continues to be one of the simple pleasures that cable television has to offer. In his own Seinfeldian way, C.K. reminds us at every turn that being a divorced 41-year old man is not easy, even if you are a famous comedian with a steady gig. The show is best ingested, if you don’t watch it on FX, in a single marathon of episodes, making the Blu-ray release the preferred delivery method. It’s one of those shows that you’ll just want to keep watching until it’s over. And with only 314 minutes of show in its second season, it’s good for an entire afternoon. Repeat once a week until you’re appropriately satisfied with your own life. It should take only one or two viewings. Extras Highlight: Several episodes of commentary is more than enough, as commentary from Louis C.K. is almost like watching a completely new episode in itself.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s something that happens nightly, provides you with good feelings, is easy to clean up and doesn’t require anyone else to be in the room. What else in your life is like that? We begin tonight with a completely badass image from Brave in which Princess Merida jumps from the clutches of what seems to be an evil bear into the grasp of a nice bear. The difference is in the claws. Also, The Art of Brave book is available for pre-order. Get it.

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The FP

Editor’s Note: Since The FP is hitting theaters this weekend, we’re bringing back Brian Salisbury’s very enthusiastic review from SXSW 2011. The FP opens in limited release March 16, and will be available to create your own screening nationwide through Tugg.com. For more information on where and when it can be seen, check out Drafthouse Films. Ah snap! You just stepped into The FP! This is the place where pride is measured by street cred and scores are settled in the ultimate competition: The Revelation. When the greatest competitors around, the guys from the 248, decide to accept the challenge of those dastardly 245’ers, everyone expects the 248 to arise victorious. The champion of the 248, BTRO (Brandon Barrera), arrives ready for battle and fully prepared to take down the evil leader of the 245: L Dubba E (Lee Valmassy). He brings along his brother, and protégée, JTRO (Jason Trost) to take down another 245 soldier in an opening bout; which he does with ease. But in a nasty turn of events, L Dubba E beats BTRO so savagely in the tournament that he ends up dead. With his hero slain, JTRO vows never to compete again and leaves the FP. Months later, an old friend catches up with JTRO and beseeches him to return home; enlightening him on the sad state of affairs in the FP since JTRO’s retreat. Begrudgingly, JTRO returns to the FP and tries to rebuild his life piece by piece.

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The FP

If the title of Brian Salisbury’s SXSW 2011 review of The FP —  ‘The FP’ Shakes Off the Suckas and Drops that Dope Absurdity in Ya Eye Holes! — is any indication, there’s some language in this film that is simply out of the realm of casual, polite conversation. It’s a hyper-real story about a relentless turf war in a dystopian future where everything is decided by dance battle, a place where brothers named BTRO and JTRO battle for honor. Destined to be a cult hit, The FP is one of the lead films for the new Tugg service, which allows users to sign up at Tugg.com/TheFP and bring the film to their own local theater in conjunction with its limited release on March 16. Now you too can be the hero who brings such an ambitious, ridiculous, completely hilarious experience to your neighbors. They’ll probably thank you for it, unless they are Chuckleheads. To celebrate the release, the folks over at Drafthouse Films, who bought the distribution rights to The FP right after it exploded out of the 2011 SXSW film festival, have sent over this Urban Dictionary for The FP, which explains some of the lingo behind this Knuckle Fluffin’ Whatchamacallit havin’ movie. As we always say, it’s important that you’re prepared. So check out the Urban Dictionary by The Brothers Trost and request The FP on Tugg. You owe it to yoself… yo.

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The Hobbit

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news collection that doesn’t usually involve so much nudity, or Dance Dance Revolution references, but Mondays are always a little special. We begin this evening with a new shot from The Hobbit, a film you may have heard about. It’s also a film that will undoubtedly be filled with little people, tall wizards, shires, middling earths and rings inscribed with “From Sauron, with love.” This one features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, standing amongst friends.

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At SXSW this year, Brian Salisbury was forced to use phrases like “utterly nonsensical,” “hybrid of ebonics and techno club lingo,” and “chump-ass posers” because other words just wouldn’t do to review The FP. The feverish, sweaty film seems to be a mess of genre goodness. Where other films may be love letters to the 1980s, The FP is calling up the era to see if it wants to fuck. According to a press release, the film has now officially escaped the festival grind as Drafthouse Films has made The FP its next acquisition. The movie features two rival gangs that vie for the supremacy over the turf of Fraizer Park by busting out mad matches of a dance-fighting game called “Beat-Beat Revalation.” Of course, as Salisbury points out, everyone seems to be wearing Snake Plissken’s eye patch, so enjoy that added visual bonus rolling around in your imagination right now. What sounds like a cult-as-hell movie joins Four Lions and The ABCs of Death in the Drafthouse family. That’s a family game night we’d love to be invited to.

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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