While I still think 10 minutes is way too long a “clip” to use as a preview, here’s why I went ahead and watched the first 10 minutes of the Dance Dance Revolution-as-gang-war movie The FP. It’s not because I’m less excited about it than John Carter, because I’m certainly not. It’s because the major events of the first 10 minutes of the movie have been pretty adequately covered in The FP‘s regular trailers, so you’re not really getting spoiled — you’re just getting to see more of the (awesomely ridiculous) world. Plus, god only knows if or when The FP is coming out in your area (it turns out the sole DC showing is in Alexandria between March 17th-23rd, and given my current craziness, I doubt I’ll be able to see it. I will, however, do a TR meet-up in April, for reals). Basically, I doubt this 10 minute clip will make you want to see The FP any less — or, if you’re one of those poor people who can’t find joy in watching dystopian gangs battle via dancing arcade games, at least it probably won’t make you want to see the movie any less.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.