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Opening This Week: September 21, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: Emile Hirsch in “Into The Wild,” Paramount Vantage, 2007]

A round-up of the best (or worst) $10 you’ll spend this week.

“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”

This coming Oscar season is looking to be a good one for co-stars Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, though director Andrew Dominik (“Chopper”) may have had a hard time getting this rather arty Western to the big screens. Pitt recently won the Best Actor award at Venice, while Affleck also plays the leading role in brother Ben’s heavily buzzed-about directorial debut, while Dominik…well, we’re not quite sure this is still his movie after reports that director Ridley Scott stepping in to fiddle with it. And maybe it’s just us, but do all Westerns nowadays need homoerotic undertones? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Opens in limited release (official site).

“The Beauty Remains”

“Shadow Magic” director Ann Hu returns for her sophomore effort, this Qingdao-set post-WWII drama about two sisters whose lives become complicated by their late father’s business interests and the shared love of an ex-boxer.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Good Luck Chuck”

You know it’s bad when a film looks like Adam Sandler passed on it — where’s Rob Schneider when you need him? “Comedian” Dane Cook stars as a man who must break the curse that has made him wildly popular with single women (bed Dane and you find your true love!) in order to be with the women of his (and our) dreams. This film presents itself like a Maxim magazine on screen: Jessica Alba panty shots and lots of dude humor. We think it’s safe to say that Dan Fogler is going to be the best part of this one.

Opens wide (official site).

“Into the Wild”

Over a decade after his death, debate still rages on over the lasting legacy of 24-year-old Christopher McCandless, a college graduate turned drifter after becoming sick of his middle class life. McCandless journeyed to Arizona, California, South Dakota and to his final resting place in the Alaskan wilderness. Early buzz so far consists of praise for both director Sean Penn and actor Emile Hirsch, who churns out a career-making performance as the increasingly distant McCandless. Penn assembles an ace supporting cast including Vince Vaughn, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Catherine Keener and Hal Holbrook. The Academy is gonna eat this one up.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“The Jane Austen Book Club”

Robin Swicord, known mostly for writing female-friendly films like “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Practical Magic,” directs her first feature film, an adaptation of the popular Karen Jay Fowler book about a group of six women who begin a book club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to realize that their lives mirror Austen’s protagonists. Honestly, we’d rather just get our Austen fix from “Clueless.”

Opens in limited release (official site).

“The Last Winter”

Horror director Larry Fessenden, last seen with 2001’s “Wendigo,” directs this thriller about an oil company team of researchers who slowly go mad after one member is found dead. Ron Perlman, James Le Gros and “Friday Night Lights”‘s Connie Britton and Zach Gilford star.

Opens in New York (official site).

“The Man of My Life”

French director Zabou Breitman’s gay-themed drama finds a husband and wife divided by the husband’s new friendship with his gay neighbor. The film premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Randy and the Mob”

Oscar-winner Ray McKinnon directs this Southern-set comedy about a good ol’ boy (McKinnon) who gets into trouble with some mobsters and then must seek assistant from his estranged, identical twin gay brother (also McKinnon). “The Shield”‘s Walter Goggins and Lisa Blount co-star.

Opens in Atlanta (official site.

“Resident Evil: Extinction”

Australian director Russell Mulcahy, last seen with 2003’s “Swimming Upstream,” returns from television director obscurity to helm the third (and hopefully final) film based on the popular video game franchise. Milla Jovovich returns as Alice in a film that, we’re pretty sure, no longer at all resembles the video games it was based on. Is, er, Nemesis in this one? We might just skip the movie altogether and play Resident Evil 4 for the weekend.

Opens wide (official site).

“Sydney White”

“Sleepover” director Joe Nussbaum helms this modern retelling of Snow White set against the college greek system. Amanda Bynes stars as Sydney White, who, with the aid of her seven dorks (get it?? subtle!) must do battle against the wicked…head sorority girl in order to become the most popular chick on campus for some reason. Expect “Sydney White” to be available on DVD by the time you finish reading this sentence.

Opens wide (official site).

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.


IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.



IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on and the IFC app.

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