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Opening This Week: November 16th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Love in the Time of Cholera,” New Line Cinema, 2007]

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


Robert Zemeckis’ last computer animated effort (2004’s “The Polar Express”) creeped us out more than entertained, and we’re still not sure if he should be handling any future animated efforts, especially after seeing footage from “Beowulf” earlier this year. Sure, the fantastical literary source material is rife for a successful adaptation in this post-“Lord of the Rings” era, the cast is to die for (Crispin Glover as Grendel!), and we will forever thank the film’s marketing campaign for the ubiquitous image of an animated Angelina Jolie sideboob, but we’re still turned off by the characters’ stiffness and soulless eyes. The film was co-written by graphic novelist Neil Gaiman and “Pulp Fiction” co-writer Roger Avary, so there’s promise there, at least.

Opens wide (official site).

“Eleven Men Out”

Icelandic director Robert Douglas’s latest sounds similar to the German gay comedy “Guys and Balls,” as the star player on Iceland’s top soccer team is kicked out after admitting he’s gay in an interview with the local press. Down but not out, he soon joins a small amateur team made up of gay men and attempts to fight against the mostly homophobic world of Icelandic sports.

Opens in Los Angeles (official site).

“Love in the Time of Cholera”

Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez was reportedly reluctant to sell the rights to his 1985 novel to Hollywood studios until producer Scott Steindorff (who spent three years courting the writer) purchased them, and judging from early reviews of this latest adaptation of his work, he may be even more hesitant next time. Considering the film’s stellar multicultural cast (Javier Bardem, John Leguizamo, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro) and veteran director Mike Newell, it’s a little surprising that early reviews have been so-so at best. Bardem plays Florentino, a man who spends most of his adult life embroiled in carnal affairs after being rejected by the beautiful Fermina.

Opens wide (official site).

“Margot at the Wedding”

Noah Baumbach follows up our personal favorite film from 2005, “The Squid and the Whale,” with another intimate take on family relationships. Moving from Park Slope to the Hamptons, Baumbach’s new comedy follows Margot (Nicole Kidman) and her son Claude as they visit her sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is getting married to the less-than-impressive Malcolm (Jack Black). We’re sorry to see that Baumbach’s latest is mostly underwhelming according to early reviews, but the thoughts of Kidman and Jason-Leigh going head to head with Baumbach’s snappy dialogue is too good to be true.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”

“Stranger Than Fiction” writer Zach Helm…um…helms this family film that appears to be the bastard child of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Toys.” Dustin Hoffman plays the eccentric (aren’t they always?) 243-year-old owner of a fantasy toyshop who wills his business to his shy and impish store manager Natalie Portman. For a bit of the Bluth family, make sure to catch Jason Bateman in his supporting role as the Wonder Emporium’s stiff and buttoned-up accountant.

Opens wide (official site).


While we applaud Brian De Palma’s decision to film this difficult Iraq War drama, based on the Mahmudiyah killings and other atrocities committed by American soldiers, we still think the “Scarface” director is more in need of a commercial hit. After the box office failures of “Femme Fatale” and “The Black Dahlia,” De Palma has managed to attract heaps of controversy with his latest since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival — De Palma has drawn the ire of both distributor Magnolia Pictures and the families of the American soldiers. It remains to be seen if, in true Hollywood fashion, nothing spells success like controversy.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Southland Tales”

Richard Kelly’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2001 cult hit “Donnie Darko” has received somewhat confounding reviews since its premiere at Cannes in 2006. We’re hoping that time and a reported 19-minute shearing have improved things since the film’s notoriously cold reception at the French festival, but it’s difficult to say. “Southland Tales” is a Los Angeles-set dystopian comedy about the intersecting stories of an action star stricken with amnesia (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), an adult film actress looking for respect (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and a police officer with a fractured personality (Seann William Scott) as the city prepares for Fourth of July. Could Richard Kelly become cinema’s next David Lynch? If so, this may be his “Dune.”

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

“What Would Jesus Buy?”

Documentarian Rob VanAlkemade’s debut feature film focuses on the issues of the commercialization of Christmas, materialism, over-consumption and globalization as seen through the eyes of activist/performance artist Bill Talen (aka “Reverend Billy”) and his troupe of activists/church choir who protest against corporate entities. The film is produced by “Super Size Me”‘s Morgan Spurlock.

Opens in limited release (official site).

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

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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