DID YOU READ

Some fluff and corporate whoring.

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Death by digital effects.
The 50 Years of Janus Films box set comes out today — we feel dirty and corporate writing this, but it may actually come in handy to someone: The IFC store has 50 or so to sell, priced at $600, which is as far as we can tell the lowest price on the web. So if you’re looking for that perfect something to impressively and "accidentally" strew across your coffee table when guests are over and to rest your microwaveable burrito on while watching "CSI: Miami" reruns the rest of the time, that would be the place to get it.

Movie City News reports that both CNN and National Public Radio are refusing to run ads for "Death of a President." The controversy! It’s threatening to reach a low simmer!

Jasper Rees interviews Peter O’Toole in the Independent

In the end, he went to the Oscars anyway. “It was all right,” he says.
“I enjoyed it, and my children were with me. The only thing that wasn’t
enjoyable was in the green room. I said, ‘Can I have a drink?’ ‘We have
lemon juice, apple juice, still or sparkling.’ I said, ‘No, I want a
drink. No drink?’ I said, ‘All right, I’m f***ing off. I’ll be back.’ A
man with earphones said, ‘No! No!’ Eventually, this vodka was smuggled
in. I had to turn it in for a while and cut down considerably. I still
like a drink.”

That would be 2003, the year he was given an honorary Oscar.

Also in the Independent, though a few days old, is a selection from Paul Wellings‘Sex, Lines and Videotape: Famous film quotes.’ It’s a straightforward selection; we’ve always liked "Grow up Heather, bulimia’s so ’87" ourselves.

More memorable lines: Edward Copeland at The House Next Door was a carefully composed list of five great movie monologues.

Jacques Perreti at the Guardian:

So, I am lying comatose, Pinot Grigio’d into oblivion, watching the end credits of Richard Curtis‘s astounding-in-so-many-ways movie Notting Hill, on its 800th successive Film4 retread (and yes, I watched it every night, and no, there isn’t anyone black in it, and yes, it does get better with each viewing), and suddenly it hits me. Hits me like a bison. Hits me like a train.

I sit bolt upright, sober. Jesus, I say to myself, this film isn’t about Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant at all! It’s about Madonna meeting Guy Ritchie.

Dennis Harvey at the San Francisco Bay Guardian revisits the pleasures of Dennis Hopper‘s "The Last Movie":

Who could make such a movie now? Might stars align again to permit such major-studio strangeness? Hard to imagine: The Fountain is nutty and navel-gazing but sentimental in a way Hopper’s auto-excoriating wack-off abhors. All those lysergically and vaginally oversatiated months spent editing The Last Movie make it a stand as memorably bold — if ruinous — as Custer’s.

Robert W. Welkos at the LA Times interviews Elisha Shapiro, founder of the Nihilist Film Festival. John Stanley at the San Francisco Chronicle interviews Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

And Andrew Sarris quote of the week:

Ryan Murphy’s Running with Scissors, from his own screenplay, based on the personal memoir of Augusten Burroughs, struck me as one of the funniest movies I have seen this year—though that may just be me. I have a weakness for crazy people just this side of homicide and suicide…

Who doesn’t, we ask you, who doesn’t?

+ CNN, NPR Won’t Run Ads for “Death of a President” (MCN)
+ ‘There’s no one better for a dirty old man’ (London Times)
+ Make my day: the best (and worst) lines in the history of film (Independent)
+ 5 for the Day: Monologues (The House Next Door)
+ Notting Hill – a film about Madonna and Guy (Guardian)
+ The Last Movie: Dennis on a plate (SF Bay Guardian)
+ Creating something from nihilism (LA Times)
+ SPEAKING OF DVDS: ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK (SF Chronicle)
+ Curiously Timely Flags Is Ego-Lite, Except for Eastwood (NY Observer)

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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.