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Opening This Week: November 2nd, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Fat Girls,” Regent Releasing, 2007]

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

“American Gangster”

Ridley Scott re-teams with Russell Crowe for a film that’s being crowned a winning achievement over their last collaboration (the middling romantic comedy “A Good Year”). Crowe plays Detective Richie Roberts, a New York City cop who investigates Harlem-based drug kingpin Frank Lucas (a sure-to-be-nominated Denzel Washington) who turns into an informant after being dethroned. The thought of Scott, Crowe and the Denz teaming up for a 1970s-set gritty gangster film that reminds us of the good ol’ Scorsese days. We can’t wait.

Opens wide (official site).

“Bee Movie”

With a plot that sounds a little too smart for the “talking animals animated kids film” genre, this one reminds us a more of Woody Allen’s “Antz” than the popular Pixar effort “A Bug’s Life.” Jerry Seinfeld teams up with “Shrek” co-directors Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith to turn out a story about a bee who’s recently graduated from college and who struggles with his life after realizing the only thing he can do is grow honey. After discovering that people actually eat honey, he decides to file a lawsuit against humankind. Our advice? One word: Plastics.

Opens wide (official site).

“A Broken Sole”

Anthony Marsellis’ indie drama follows six characters along a string of intersecting stories, including a shoemaker and his customer, a cabbie and his passenger, and a dyslexic director and his date. The film is set on September 11th and follows the tragedy’s impact on the film’s characters.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Darfur Now”

Documentarian Ted Braun examines the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. This film premiered earlier this year at the Toronto Film Festival.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles (official site).

“Fat Girls”

This queer coming-of-age film tells the story of Rodney, a gay Texan high schooler who accepts the “fat girl” within as he wrestles with relationships, sexuality and his evangelical family with the help of his overweight best friend Sabrina. Ash Christian triple bills as the film’s director, writer and star, while “Tarnation”‘s Jonathan Caouette plays a supporting role. The film premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles (official site).

“Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten”

“Glastonbury” director Julien Temple tackles the legendary Joe Strummer in this doc that follows the former Clash frontman from 1977 till his death in 2001, combining archive footage of Strummer and interviews with friends, family and other celebrities.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Martian Child”

John Cusack stars as a grieving widower who tries to rebuild his life after adopting a troubled young boy who believes he’s a Martian in “Max” director Menno Meyjes’ drama. The film sounds like “K-Pax” with a pre-teen, but we’re always thrilled to see anything with Cusack, even if this film hasn’t been as well-received as his Iraq drama “Grace is Gone.”

Opens wide (official site).

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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.