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The Interview, The After Party, The Hotel.

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Interviews worth checking out (we’ve been letting them slide again):

Christoffer Boe (the director of "Reconstruction") with Todd at Twitch: "’I think Dogme is a wonderful thing in the sense that it has put Denmark on the map for film making and has done a lot for the industry but, as such, the film making that it does to me is really not anything revolutionary. I think Godard went out with five people and made Dogme movies in the sixties and I think they are more vibrant, they are more intellectual, they are more interesting, they are more keen on film and so forth. So I wouldn’t give Dogme the benefit of reacting against it. I wouldn’t say "Reconstruction" is a reaction against Dogme.’"

Jesse Bradford (now appearing in "Heights," though he really won our heart as Kirsten Dunst’s love interest in "Bring It On") with Janice Page in the Boston Globe: ”’I don’t want to say I’m trying to get away from the whole teen heartthrob thing, as if it’s this bad thing that I want nothing to do with, but it’s not the ultimate end to what I’m trying to do.’"

David Gordon Green on casting Jamie "Billy Elliot" Bell as a redneck teen in "Undertow" — with Sheila Johnson in the Telegraph: "’There was no question about it once we had got together. What appealed to me first off was that he was not someone trying to get a part, just a kid with a lot on his mind. No one else had that combination of energy and emotion.’"

Dan Harris (whose directorial debut, at age 24, was "Imaginary Heroes") with Mark Monahan in the Telegraph: "[Woody] Allen accidentally hit him in the chest with a ball that he was chucking against a wall between takes. ‘He said, "We’re going to pretend this never happened," and then he winked at me. And I thought it was the perfect Woody Allen moment: just small and weird and a little funny and not too much.’"

Andrew Horn, director of "The Nomi Song," with Amanda Reyes at Film Threat: "After a lot of thought I realized the simple reason the East Village became what it was, was because it was cheap and so it attracted all the lunatics and misfits who couldn’t deal with life anywhere else. We were young and life was relatively simple and we had time on our hands, places to do things (rent was cheap and spaces were available) and everyone seemed if not actually ambitious to do things then at least available."

Spike Lee with Andrew Billen in the London Times: "When Lee recalls how often Christ appeared to die in Mel Gibson’s ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ [whoops, Billen, wrong controversial Jesus flick] (‘Jesus got his ass kicked’) he chuckles so hard that I have to tell him to calm down. His career, as opposed to Gibson’s, is, after all, a serious business.

Matthew MacFadyen (who’ll be playing Darcy in the new "Pride and Prejudice," and who was rather spectacular, in a clenchy, British way, in ultraserious BBC spy drama "Spooks" ("MI-5" here)) with Wendy Ide in the London Times: "’I find it difficult to talk about acting because…I just can’t. Unless you can dissect it like an acting teacher, you can’t do it. I’m not clever enough to do it. I can’t analyse it like that. As soon as you try and generalise something, you lose hold of it.’"

Anton Newcombe (of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, one of two bands profiled in "DiG!") with Sylvie Simmons in the Guardian: "Look at the box. It says ‘written by Ondi’. How do you write a documentary? You don’t. I’m not taking issue with any particular pixel or frame or sequence, but taken out of context, I can cut your words with this tape and make you say anything I want to say. It’s just lies – lies that were written into the narration. Courtney [Taylor, of the Dandy Warhols] read a script. They were not his words. It’s fascinating. Do you know what Courtney thinks? Shall I speak for Courtney? ‘This is a life mistake.’"

Nick Nolte with James Mottram in the Independent: "As he shambles his 6ft 1in frame towards me, Nick Nolte looks like a cross between Grizzly Adams and Father Christmas."

Sally Potter with Scott Foundas (who apparently famously trashed "Yes" in Variety when it premiered at Telluride last year) in the LA Weekly: "’It would have been different if everyone in Telluride had thought the film was no good. Then, however well-intentioned it had been, however hard the people had struggled, however long it took and that nobody got paid and everything — in a way it all would have been irrelevant, because in the end the film didn’t work. But in this case, 99 percent of the people not only thought it worked, but thought it worked brilliantly. The other 1 percent happened to have its voice in print.’"

+ Christoffer Boe interview (Twitch)
+ Jesse Bradford moves into a new role (Boston Globe)
+  The birth of Hillbilly Elliot (Telegraph)
+ The young prince of Hollywood (Telegraph)
+ Outer Space Angel (Film Threat)
+ Spike Lee (Times – London)
+ Matthew MacFadyen (Times)
+ ‘I am not a movie’ (Guardian)
+ Nick Nolte: The bad stage was good too (Independent)
+ Just Say Yes (LA Weekly)



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.