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Festival goodness, badness.

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"The South by Southwest Film Festival has selected the North American premiere of Chan-wook Park‘s new film, "I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK," to close the fest on March 17 in Austin, Texas," reports Dave McNary at Variety. We won’t be able to catch it, but still, squee.

Cannes president Gilles Jacob writes of "To Each His Cinema," the film commissioned to celebrate the 60th Festival de Cannes, consisting of three minutes segments from 33 directors:

The novelty of the form derives from its extreme division and the pleasant sweetness of its lightness. This writing does not depict a series of repetitions in theatres of astonishingly diverse appearance, but rather a series of improbable encounters – Wenders filmed in the Congo, Tsai Ming Liang in Kuala Lumpur and Cronenberg in the… toilets! No director had knowledge of the other fragments, or even synopses from his colleagues. They all accepted to discover them at the same time as the festival-goers themselves.

New Directors/New Films will open with novelist/director Paul Auster‘s "The Inner Life of Martin Frost," according to Brian Brooks at indieWIRE. Auster’s last film was 1998’s "Lulu on the Bridge." The films selected are, as always, a mix from around the world, but a few of the more recognizable titles include Julia Loktev‘s "Day Night Day Night," Andrea Arnold‘s "Red Road," and, fresh from Park City, "Padre Nuestro" (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize), "The Great World of Sound," "Once" (winner of the Audience Award), and "War/Dance" (winner of the Directing Award).

At All These Wonderful Things, AJ Schnack recounts the furor over reports that "300" was booed at Berlin, an interesting cautionary tale about reporting reactions from a screening as indicative of a film’s quality, particularly is that screening is for press, who we all know are cold! and heartless! — or at least not a typical sampling of the moviegoing public, and certainly not consistent. We recall snickers (some from us) and a walk-out at a New York press screening of "The Nativity Story," while a colleague told us that in LA, people were crying.

This being said, Jennifer Lopez‘s "Bordertown," which was written and directed by Oscar nominated Gregory Nava (of "Selena"), was also reportedly booed, and without the backing of unexpectedly good reviews afterward. Those who like their schadenfreude can see photos of Lopez holding back tears at Der Spiegel.

At the London Times, James Christopher argues that "the wrong Chinese film walked off with the Golden Bear" — he would have preferred Li Yu‘s "Ping Guo" to winner "Tuya De Hun Shi," and sighs that "the best films were sadly not in competition, or they were fobbed off with lesser prizes."

+ SXSW ‘OK’ for Park pic’s preem (Variety)
+ TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA, the film to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival de Cannes (Festival-Cannes.fr)

+ "Martin Frost" and "Glue" to Open 36th New Directors/New Film Series (indieWIRE)
+ When Blogs Attack: Did 300 Really Get Booed in Berlin? (All These Wonderful Things)
+ Jennifer Lopez Feels Lo at the Berlinale (Der Spiegel)
+ Is it grim? Then Bear it (London Times)

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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SO EXCITED!!!

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.”

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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. 

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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.