Cannes: “The Wind” done won.

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Behold! Cillian Murphy's award-winning cheekbones.So:

Palme d’Or: Ken Loach‘s "The Wind That Shakes The Barley"

Grand Prix: Bruno Dumont‘s "Flandres"

Prix du Jury: Andrea Arnold‘s "Red Road"

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, for "Babel"

Screenplay: Pedro Almodóvar, for "Volver"

Actress(es): Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Chus Lampreave, Yohana Cobo and Blanca Portillo for "Volver"

Actor(s): Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem and Bernard Blancan for "Indigènes"

Camera d’Or: Corneliu Porumboiu‘s "A Fost Sau NA Fost?"


Safe to say that no one saw that coming, even if, as Roger Ebert writes, "It is apparently true that Sam Jackson told somebody there were going to be ‘big surprises’ when the awards were announced, and there were." Kenneth Turan at the LA Times notes that "jury president Wong Kar Wai said Loach’s powerful story of Irish rebels in the 1920s battling first the British and then one another was the unanimous choice for the top prize after a screening that left the jury speechless."

At the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw concludes that this was just an unexceptional Cannes, and that "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" (and we must say this: What a fucking title.) "although warmly and respectfully received…did not set the Croisette aflame." And the New York Timestwo-headed Cannes monster puts it flatly: "[Loach] has won several prizes, but never before the Palme d’Or. This year he got lucky."

We? Really have nothing here. All carefully phrased hindsight aside, there’s no denying that "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" got a resounding "meh" from the majority of the American press when it premiered. So is Ken Loach just getting his lifetime achievement award? Who can discern what thought processes went on in the multinational mind-meld of our beloved WKW, Lucrecia Martel, Samuel L., a trio of diva actresses and, uh, those other jury members?

Who cares! It’s over, and while we do wish something truly intriguing-sounding (like "Pan’s Labyrinth" — squee!) had won, we’ve got no beef. It’s Cannes. We were hardly competing in an office poll (though we’d love to — next year, folks, let’s do it). The only thing everyone can agree upon is that the out-of-competition films were far more interesting than any in: "Clerks II," "Borat," the "Dreamgirls" teaser, "Shortbus," the restored "Cabiria" and Douglas Gordon‘s "Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait."

At the Hollywood Reporter, Anne Thompson surveys how "Cannes gives, and Cannes takes away," and how some films may be worse off for their high profile, poorly received festival premieres. At the Christian Science Monitor, Robert Koehler talks to various filmmakers on the fringes of the festival, trying to get their film seen.

And in exciting business news, Tartan’s apparently picked up "Red Road," "Election" and "Election 2," according to indieWIRE and Grady Hendrix‘s Kaiju Shakedown. No distributor yet for the new Palme d’Or winner, however.

+ FEATURE & SHORT FILMS AWARDS (Festival-Cannes.fr)
+ Cannes #10: Guessing games (RogerEbert.com)
+ ‘Wind’ shakes the jury (LA Times)
+ ‘Zizou! Zizou!’ (Guardian)
+ Ken Loach’s ‘Wind That Shakes the Barley’ Wins Top Prize at Cannes (NY Times)
+ To studios in Cannes: Don’t trip on red carpet (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Crashing the Cannes party (Christian Science Monitor)
+ Tartan Gets "Red Road" (indieWIRE)
+ Election Gets US Distributor (Kaiju Shakedown)


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.


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.


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.


Forget Public Wifi

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



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.


Self Defense

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


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