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IFC News: Afterlives, Bogdanovich.

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This week at IFC News:

We’re prompted by "Wristcutters: A Love Story" is run down a few other high-concept film visions of the afterlife:

What Dreams May Come (1998)

Directed by Vincent Ward

The afterlife is: an interactive art gallery

Vincent Ward’s vision of the great beyond (based, with some significant
alterations, on the novel by Richard Matheson) is best known for its
intense imagery, from the pastoral beauty of Robin Williams’ heaven to
the abject horror of of Annabella Sciorra’s hell. But the ultimate
message is less about how things look after death and more about how we
see them. Sciorra’s character Annie is sent to hell not because she
chose to commit suicide after the death of her children and her husband
Chris (Williams) but because those who commit suicide are so utterly
despondent that they cannot accept the reality of their own death. It’s
only by coming to grips with her own mortality that Annie can escape
her fate and rejoin her husband. Of course, after all that effort, they
decide to get reincarnated anyway, and do the whole living thing over
again from stem to stern. Obviously they were a very sequel-minded

Aaron Hillis talks to Peter Bogdanovich about "Runnin’ Down a Dream" and past adventures:

It’s funny, I find this collaboration so fascinating because of your
tastes. I’d sooner associate you with Cole Porter than Bruce

That’s because I did a lousy movie with Cole Porter music… "At Long Last Turkey."

Are you really that down on "At Long Last Love"? I usually find that
the most notorious commercial bombs tend to be better than the masses
like to give them credit for.

Well, you know, it wasn’t good enough. It should’ve been better. I’m
going to see if Fox will put it out in a correct version, because there
have been, like, six versions of it. But I’m not dying to put it out.
It’s okay, it’s a curiosity.

Michael Atkinson on Roger Corman:

No one has yet made a thoroughgoing case for Corman as an
auteur, and it’s easy to see why: Corman himself has never professed to
be anything but a money-monger, and his boasts over more than a
half-century of prolific culture-making have always been about how
cheaply and quickly his movies were made. (His merciless thrift is also
what allowed him to become something of a film school brat intern
factory, giving low-paying first jobs to Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan
Demme, George Armitage, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, et al.) But
even the most profit-minded producer/director, if he personally churns
out an average of seven films a year for more than a half-century,
stands a good chance at stumbling into disarming originality and
resonance on occasion, and Corman’s own hunger to capitalize on social
trends brought him to many rich arenas.

On the podcast, we survey movie vampires through the ages.

And Chris Bonet has what’s new in theaters.

+ IFC News


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.