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Odds: Tuesday – Tarantino feet.

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Like, really, really famous.So a decade ago you were a hot shot. You grabbed the film world firmly with both hands and shook it like a dusty rug. You were banging Mira Sorvino, which was kind of cool, we suppose. Now, here you are, getting ready to judge a sexy feet contest on the Tyra Banks Show. The question is — a step up, a step down, or maybe you’re just gliding along on a weird, weird mid-career plateau? Via Defamer.

At her Risky Biz blog, Anne Thompson points out that the New Yorker has finally put Annie Proulx’s original "Brokeback Mountain" online.

At the Independent, Chris Sullivan picks through a few decades worth of behind the scenes gossip from cinematographer Jack Cardiff:

"I did a few films with Bogie and we became very good friends," remembers Cardiff. "He was a great guy but could be very explosive. When I first met him he said, ‘Cardiff! See my face? See all these lines? It has taken years for me to get these lines and I don’t want you to soft light me so I look like a goddamn fag.’ And I said, ‘Well, Mr Bogart, I am sorry to inform you that I can’t do anything about your face – there is too much debauchery in it.’ So he laughed and said, ‘Put down that sissy drink’ (I had a beer) and he got me a whisky."

Annie Griffin, whose Edinburgh Fringe-set black comedy "Festival" has been gathering good reviews on the festival circuit and in the UK, talks to Siân Stott at the Telegraph about why "Groundhog Day" is so good: "I think it is the most brilliant image of depression…Yes, the film is funny, but it’s also so profound about depression."

At the New York Times, Dave Carr examines movies’ typically unflattering portrayal of journalists, while (check this transition), S.T. VanAirsdale at The Reeler goes to see some real life journalists (smooth like butter!) — he reports on the film critics end of year panel at Makor this past weekend, where Stephen Holden (NYT, natch), Glenn Kenny (Premiere), Thelma Adams (Us Weekly) and Armond White, Savior of Taste, Culture and also the Universe (we’re just trying that on for size) duked it out on stage.

And, via Digital Chosunilbo, Korea’s Bae Yong-jun, the current stampede-inducing heartthrob of all of Asia, is apparently moving towards conquering the general Eurasian continent, with the growing popularity of Korean soap operas in the Middle East:

Why? Perhaps it is partly because strong anti-American sentiment in the region means American popular culture seems tainted. "In the Middle East, there is a widespread anti-America and anti-Hollywood sentiment," says KBS producer Kim Shin-il. "Also, Korean dramas, which have hardly any sex and violence and focus on family values, seem to fit with the conservative values of the region."

+ Defamer Connections: Tarantino Seeking Sexy Feet (Defamer)
+ Brokeback Mountain by Proulx (Risky Biz Blog)
+ Jack Cardiff: Life behind the lens (Independent)
+ Film-makers on film: Annie Griffin (Telegraph)
+ Hollywood Gives the Press a Bad Name (NY Times)
+ Critical Mass: Movie Minds Rush the Stage at Makor (The Reeler)
+ Korea Wave Hits Middle East (Digital Chosunilbo)

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

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.”

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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. 

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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.