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"Time that makes everything change -- I was afraid of time."
Love is something like falling on a sword in Kim Ki-duk‘s films, or, given his characters’ tendencies toward masochism, maybe more like willfully gutting yourself on one. The couple at the focus of "Time," his latest film to receive a Stateside release ("Breath," his newest, premiered at Cannes two months ago), are relatively well-adjusted for lovers in his oeuvre, passing on the fish-hook play and forced prostitution to indulge in a slightly more acceptable form of self-mutilation. The pair, Seh-hee (Park Ji-Yeon) and Ji-woo (Ha Jung-woo), have hit a lull in their two-year relationship, and Ji-woo’s eye is wandering while Seh-hee’s embarked on a downward mental spiral of jealously and brittleness. One night, when Ji-woo finds himself unable to make love to her, Seh-hee entreats him to close his eyes and pretend he’s with the girl he was checking out at their favorite coffee shop. Orgasm accomplished and having instilled an estimable amount of dread in the audience, Seh-hee has a breakdown, and the next morning has vanished, with no word to Ji-woo.

"Time" opens with a graphic opening montage of
plastic surgery footage that, along with its title and ticking clock credit sequence, seems to set up a critique of a youth- and beauty-obsessed culture. But when Seh-hee arrives at the doorstep of her local surgeon, she doesn’t want to look prettier, only completely different — its not the ravages of age that she’s battling, but the brevity of the human attention span. While Ji-woo bobs around heartbroken, listlessly attempting to find a new relationship, Seh-hee spends six months in recovery before reintroducing herself into his life as another woman: See-hee ("Woman is the Future of Man"‘s Seong Hyeon-a).

Kim Ki-duk has never had what you could call a light touch, and "Time" has the awkwardness of his work at its roughest, shuddering between flat-out allegory and shrill portrait of a demented relationship. We can only guess at what Seh-hee and Ji-woo were like in earlier, happier times from glimpses of a few photos; Seh-hee, pre- and post-op, seems only to alternate between shrieking, weeping and being, as Ji-woo observes, just plain scary, while Ji-woo seems noncommittal and capable of endless unthinking cruelty. And yet, before the film ventures into the realm of the isolatingly ridiculous, there is something to its morose portrayal of the trouble with men and women, and of love inconveniently enduring while novelty and passion inevitably fade. The film finds its way again and again to a coffee shop that seems the exclusive setting of break-ups, and to the island-bound Baemigumi sculpture park, where lovers gaze without recognition at sculptures that equate eroticism with grappling. These scenes play out with the strangeness and sharp edges of a Buñuel film stripped of any humor — Seh-hee and Ji-woo return over and over to their old haunts as a couple, but are never any wiser, going to absurd lengths to return their relationship to first bloom.

"Time" opens in New York and Chicago on July 13th.

+ Time (Lifesize Entertainment)


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.