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The Purse Incident and other interviews.

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You may or may not have noticed our aversion to interviews — we generally feel that the junket system and overly protective publicists have made getting an interesting interview out of anyone big enough to have a publicist and/or junket impossible. But Mary McNamara‘s LA Times‘ profile on Catherine Keener totally won us over with its odd opening anecdote about how McNamara’s purse gets stolen as she talks to Keener, and about how Keener insists on going out into the street with her and poking through trashcans to see if whoever stole it took the cash and dumped the rest. We’ve also always liked Keener:

"The big secret is I’m not movie star material," Keener says as she
walks along the streets of downtown a couple of weeks after the fateful
Purse Incident. "I’m costar material. I’m supporting material. Those
are the roles I like. And I just want to keep making the movies I like,
even though," she says, "hardly anyone goes to see them."

Keener’s next in Nicole Holofcener‘s Sundance-opener "Friends With Money."

Elsewhere, in the kind of move that increases the agonizing admiration/aversion we have for him, David Poland reprints Time magazine’s entire "Munich" section, including Richard Schickel‘s lone Spielberg interview (because, as Poland puts it, "Since Time has the joy of being the only interview given so far and since no one really wants to capitalize financially on ‘Munich,’ I’m sure no one will object to me reprinting the story here so no one is forced to buy an online subscription to Time magazine just to read this one interview."). Schickel’s intro/overview of the film is here; he speaks to Spielberg here; Lisa Beyer’s take on the historical realities of who Mossad really ended up retaliation-killing is here.

The car wreck-watcher in us is totally in love with "Memoirs of a Geisha" (about which we’ve talked so much sight-unseen shit that at this point we feel we’ve really committed to seeing it), partially because, as much as we do like Zhang Ziyi, we’ve got our doubts about whether she speaks enough English yet to be thrown into the lead role of an English language film, even if said English is curiously written to be halting and articles-adverse. But judge for yourself, as Sony apparently has enough confidence to toss her at the New York Daily NewsSean Daly. Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Ron Dicker interviews a very practical-minded Michelle Yeoh about the film.

Stephen Dalton at the London Times talks with samurai film-revisionist Yoji Yamada, director of "The Twilight Samurai" and the new "The Hidden Blade."

This unprecedented realism is Yamada’s chief contribution to the genre. Instead of balletic sword battles, his alienated anti-heroes share banal small talk and messy love lives. When grudgingly forced to fight, they engage in long, clumsy duels before dying in agony. In the past, Yamada says, most samurai films were "full of lies."

+ She’s no movie star (LA Times)
+ Spielberg on Munich in Time (The Hot Blog)
+ T2 – Steven’s Prayer For Peace (The Hot Blog)
+ T3 – Munich Myths & Truths (The Hot Blog)
+ 5 minutes with … Ziyi Zhang (NY Daily News)
+ Action-film smart, ‘Geisha’ graceful (SF Chronicle)
+ The samurai commuters (London Times)


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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.