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Odds: Tuesday – Asia on JT, the Razzies, the ISAs.

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Damn right it is.
Here at IFC News, Dan Persons has a great Q&A with Asia Argento on "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" and the JT Leroy scandale:

JT Leroy: Blessing or curse?

Both. It’s really both. Personally, it’s a blessing because it was a very important thing in my life to make this movie, and curse because it was a very hard thing to make. The whole hoax thing… Like everybody, I believed that this was really JT’s life. I had to, you know. Laura — who now I call "Laura"; for me it was "Emily" all this time — she tried actually to tell me a bunch of times that she had written it, and I dismissed it. I dismissed it because I didn’t want… I was like, This woman, she’s crazy, why does she want to take advantage… she wants to say that she wrote it? I thought maybe she had helped.

The furor over the "Crash" win may have obscured the Razzies (or beat them at their own game) — for the record, the Jenny McCarthy-scripted "Dirty Love" (which actually premiered at Sundance last year) won Worst Picture. The rest of the lucky winners are here.

Er, the furor over the "Crash" win may have obscured the Independent Spirit Awards — where they managed to give "Crash" a side prize while still crowning "Brokeback Mountain" Best Feature. Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE has coverage and the complete list of winners.

At the Boston Globe, Wesley Morris argues that "Brokeback" suffered because it wasn’t actually a political film — it has politics thrust upon it.

Ang Lee‘s adaptation of Annie Proulx‘s short story was not out to attack us with a statement. It really is just an unhappy love story that happens to have enormous social relevance because its protagonists are two men. Yet the movie’s biggest supporters may have turned an otherwise innocent film into a cause that got on voters’ nerves. The dialogue became quotable, and the poster was mocked, lessening the emotional seriousness and making for a once-in-a-lifetime pop-culture phenomenon.

"Crash," which many Los Angelenos have come to regard as gospel, was the logical beneficiary.

Tim Padgett at Time notes that the brief glimpse we got of Mel Gibson in the Oscar intro offered a preview of "Apocalypto"‘s Mayan.

The Reeler reviews the Oscar liveblogs.

At the Guardian, JG Ballard takes a melancholy look Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of his autobiographical novel "Empire of the Sun."

After 40 years my memories had shaped themselves into a novel, but only three years later they were mutating again.

Hazy figures now had names and personalities, smiles and glances that I had seen in a dozen other films: John Malkovich, Nigel Havers, Miranda Richardson. With them was a brilliant child actor, Christian Bale, who uncannily resembled my younger self. He came up to me on the set and said: "Hello, Mr Ballard. I’m you." He was followed by an attractive young couple, Emily Richard and Rupert Frazer, who added: "And we’re your mum and dad."

And at the Village Voice, J. Hoberman surveys the way "The New World"‘s instantly took its place as a cineaste cult classic:

Who will deny that America has seldom needed a redemptive myth as badly as it does now? On the evening of February 23, 2006, I attended the movie’s last screening at BAM, along with a rapt audience of 19. Many had obviously seen  The New World before. Now it was about to vanish from their world. Sitting closest to the screen, a few remained in their seats for the entire bird-call-scored credits, waiting until the last avian note faded to silence in the empty room.

+ The Ghost of JT Leroy: Asia Argento’s Deceitful "Heart" (IFC News)
+ 26th Annual Golden Raspberry Award "Winners" (Razzies.com)
+ "Brokeback," "Capote," "Crash," "Transamerica" Honored With Spirit Awards (indieWIRE)
+ Hollywood isn’t being straight with gay community (BostonGlobe.com)
+ Mel Gibson’s Oscar Moment, in Maya (Time)
+ One Final, Excruciating Date With Oscar: Reviewing the Liveblogs (The Reeler)
+ Look back at Empire (Guardian)
+ Paradise Now (Village Voice)

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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…

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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. 

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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.

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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?”

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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).

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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.

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

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.