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Inspired by the motion picture.

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Smile, Frank.
Jay-Z’s album "American Gangster," which hits stores today, was inspired by the Ridley Scott film. Way inspired, if Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone is to be believed: "The concept is really just a spark to get Jay started. Forget Frank Lucas: The real black superhero here is Jay, and with American Gangster, Gray-Hova is back in black." Kelefa Sanneh at the New York Times addresses the ties between hip-hop and film:

Rappers have long loved (and stolen from) movies, but that doesn’t
mean they esteem the people who make them. In a song on the new album,
Jay-Z belittles the competition, sneering, “They’re all actors,” and
adding, “They’re all weirdos — De Niros in practice.” In his rhymes, it
seems, “De Niro” can be both a compliment and an insult. But then,
rappers like Jay-Z often don’t seem too enamored of their own
profession either. In one extraordinary, pretzel-logic stanza from the
song “No Hook,” Jay-Z backpedals twice while trying to explain how he
fits into the tough-guy firmament:

Please don’t compare me to other rappers,
compare me to trappers.
I’m more Frank Lucas than Ludacris —
and Luda’s my dude, I ain’t tryna diss.
Like Frank Lucas is cool, but I ain’t tryna snitch.

With all due respect to Mr. Carter, the dilemma Ryan Gilbey at the Guardian‘s Film Blog raises was closer to what came to our mind after we saw the film, namely "Who is the worse director out of the Scott brothers – Ridley or Tony?" Gilbey falls around where we do on this issue — fun, lively trashiness is always preferable to ponderous, unearned self-importance:

If you threatened to cut up my library card and forced me to choose between the two, I would – after acknowledging this as a textbook rock/hard place situation – plump for Tony. Although he makes trash, he mostly celebrates his own trashiness. In short, he makes it pleasurable, which means that films such as The Hunger or Top Gun have a faintly camp glee to them. And when he does deliver a film that rises above his usual fare, the shock is palpable: it seems amazing now that he directed Crimson Tide, a crackling suspense movie that tortures the audience with the threat, rather than the depiction, of war. But Ridley’s delusions about his own abilities usually paralyse his films – take another look at Hannibal, which proves conclusively that Ridley has contributed more to the promotion of ceiling fans, smoke and Venetian blinds than to cinema. Next to Jonathan Demme‘s The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal is needlessly jazzed up and dumbed down.

+ American Gangster (Rolling Stone)
+ Jay-Z Finds Himself at the Movies (NY Times)
+ Which Scott brother is the worse director? (Guardian Film Blog)

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G.I. Jeez

Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….


IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.


IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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:


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.

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