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Is that you, George? It's me, Kanbei.
We don’t really see films in the theater anymore, or going near the theater…or, well, getting outside much. Still, the "Apocalypto" poster? Rather compelling, even on screen.

MonkeyPeaches comes across a rumor (just a rumor, please treat it as such!) that Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi and…George Clooney were approached at Cannes by the Weinsteins regarding possible roles in their planned  (though possibly blasphemous) remake of "The Seven Samurai."

At Variety, Ben Fritz writes that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is considering making day-and-date released films ineligible for Oscar consideration, something that seems unfair and backward and completely to be expected. We’re not particularly well-versed in Oscar qualifications, but we rather assumed films given a day-and-date release were already disqualified — doesn’t the Academy already require a window (at least between theatrical release and on-air premiere), or does that only apply to docs? We’d look it up, but…we can’t be bothered. Until someone makes an indisputably great, broadly appealing day-and-date film that demands the attention of the Academy, this isn’t going to be a pressing issue.

It’s not so much that we find the idea of dead animal actors innately funny (or so we prefer to tell ourselves), it’s that Low Culture‘s list keeps scrolling on and on.

Mark Russell interviews "The Host" (and "Memories of Murder") director Bong Joon-ho in the New York Times:

"In the mid 1990’s the Korean film industry was really open-minded," Mr. Bong said. "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Ki-duk made their debut then. Kang Je-gyu was editing his movie right next door to where I was working."

Since then Mr. Hong and Mr. Kim have grown into art-house favorites abroad, but their followings at home have all but dried up. Mr. Kang has revolutionized the film industry in Korea with his overt commercialism, smashing box office records twice now, but outside of Korea his films do not travel so well. Mr. Bong, however, continues to walk the line, balancing between the two sides without falling into either. "The multilevel, the conscious and the unconscious, is natural when I write scripts, when I come up with ideas and stories," he explained.

Amelie Gillette at the Onion AV Club interviews Paul Rudd. Cheryl Eddy at the San Francisco Bay Guardian talks with DIY filmmakers Rick Popko and Dan West as they’re finishing up "RetarDEAD," the sequel to their 2003 "Monsturd." Money quote: "In a nutshell, we kind of liken it to ‘Flowers for Algernon’ meets ‘Night of the Living Dead.’"

At Movie City Indie, Ray Pride writes of Stuart Cooper‘s 1975 "Overlord," which won the Silver Bear at Berlin that year and is only receiving a theatrical release now:

Cooper makes dozens of brilliant juxtapositions that do not jar but awaken the senses, but the movie is elusive, neither "Zelig" nor "Saving Private Ryan," but with worthy parallels to movies like Kevin Brownlow’s "It Happened Here" and Pontecorvo‘s "Battle of Algiers." Philosophically, it’s more like film essayist Patrick Keiller ("London") meeting Stanley Kubrick (and the fictional portions were shot by Kubrick’s favored cinematographer John Alcott).

And at Like Anna Karina’s Sweater, Filmbrain reviews "Takeshis’."

+ Apocalypto (onesheet) (ComingSoon)
+ Whom the Weinsteins Want for Their SEVEN SAMURAIS Remake? (MonkeyPeaches)
+ Braking Windows (Variety)
+ Animal Superstars: Where Are They Now? (Low Culture)
+ Unlike His Peers, the Director Bong Joon-Ho Likes Ideas and Metaphors (NY Times)
+ Paul Rudd (Onion AV Club)
+ Blood brothers (SF Bay Guardian)

+ Overlord (1975, ****) (Movie City Indie)
+ Being Takeshi Kitano (Like Anna Karina’s Sweater)


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.