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What’s Up In October

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By Christopher Bonet

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[Photo: F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu,” Film Arts Guild/Kino]

The Films of Dziga Vertov

Oct 1 -8

NYC’s Anthology Film Archives presents another of its Essential Cinema series, this time focusing on one of the premier documentarians of the Soviet Cinema, Dziga Vertov. Be sure to catch his influential experimental film “The Man with a Movie Camera.”

Otto Preminger: Notorious

Oct 1-29

This month-long series at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art provides a centenary tribute to the provocative director and offers a chance to view his most beloved films with his seldom-seen work. We recommend catching the rarely screened German version of his 1953 “The Moon is Blue,” shot while his American actors took breaks.

Oscar’s Docs, Part Two: 1961 – 1976

Oct 2-30

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (in Beverly Hills) continues its ongoing retrospective, showcasing each of the Oscar winners for Best Documentary between the years 1961 and 1976. This month’s screenings focus on the years 1965 and 1972, featuring films about civil unrest in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and interviews with American soldiers in Vietnam about the My Lai Massacres.

Coney Island Film Festival

Oct 6-8

Enjoy a dose of good ol’ fashioned carny culture at the Coney Island Film Festival in Brooklyn. Opening night offers live performances by sideshow and burlesque stars, along with a screening of “American Carny: True Tales of the Circus Sideshow.”

The New Yorker Festival

Oct 6-8

The New Yorker Festival returns for its seventh year in a celebratory weekend of public discourse on arts and ideas taking place at multiple venues in NYC…that’s at the time of writing this already almost entirely sold out. Damn. We’d go to the “Milos Forman talks with David Denby” if only we could.

The First Annual Canine Film Festival

Oct 7-8

San Francisco hosts the first ever festival dedicated solely to films starring man’s best friend. Comedian Fred Willard will be present for a special screening of Christopher Guest’s “Best in Show.” Ironically, dogs are not allowed in the theater.

Banking on Heaven with Laurie Allen

Oct 8

Polygamy is all the rage in 2006: first HBO’s “Big Love” and now “Banking on Heaven,” a new doc about the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints communities of Colorado City, AZ and Hilldale, UT. Producer/writer Laurie Allen, who escaped the polygamous lifestyle at age 16, will be on hand for a discussion following this screening, at Tucson, AZ’s Loft Cinema.

An Independent Spirit: Monte Hellman

Oct 12-17

The Brooklyn Academy of Music rewards cult director Monte Hellman this month with a retrospective that includes many of his much-loved low-budget genre films, which often starred Jack Nicholson or Warren Oates. Be sure to catch the Nicholson-penned “Ride in the Whirlwind,” followed by a Q & A with the director.

Frankenfest: Frankenstein Through the Ages

Oct 13-Nov 1

From Boris Karloff to Peter Boyle, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” has been a cultural icon of the American cinema since the earliest days of Hollywood sound. This year marks the 75th anniversary since the release of Universal’s classic version of “Frankenstein,” and DC’s AFI Silver Theatre honors this horror legacy with a retrospective of Hollywood re-imaginings and re-tellings of the Shelley classic.

Vienna International Film Festival

Oct 13-25

This Austrian film festival dedicates itself to showcasing the newest feature films of every genre and structural form imaginable. This year’s festival will include a special tribute to British punk documentarian Peter Whitehead and the special program “Tales of the Jungle,” which explores the use of the jungle as a cinematographic motif in film.

Kill Bill: The Unseen, Uncensored Full-Length Cut

Oct 14

Quentin Tarantino promises to be on hand at the Alamo Theater in Austin, TX, for a special full-length screening of his “Kill Bill” films. It’s already sold out, but we’re hoping this will eventually lead to either a theatrical or DVD release of the full-length cut. C’mon…please?

From The Tsars To The Stars: A Journey Through Russian Fantastik Cinema

Oct 19-25

American Cinematheque puts together an awesome series of Russian sci-fi, fantasy and horror films at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, sprawling from “Aelita: Queen of Mars” to Tarkovsky’s masterpiece “Solaris.”

The Blood Is The Life – Vampires On Film And Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon!

Oct 25-28

Vampires and films have always been joined at the hip — from F. W. Murnau’s silent “Nosferatu” to Joel Schumacher’s unintentionally (?) camp “The Lost Boys.” Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre has a bloodsucking horrorthon spanning the ages.

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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.