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Trailering: NYC, Chinatown, the RAF and Auschwitz.

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08252008_newyorkiloveyou.jpgHere‘s the teaser for “New York, I Love You,” Gotham’s answer to the 2006 anthology film “Paris, Je T’aime.” It’s still unfinished, but the trailer — which includes both a Regina Spektor song and one from Feist, surely breaking some kind of indie waif proximity rule — does contain an irritating abundance of characters generalizing about the city. “This is the capital of everything possible,” declares one, not realizing that any true portrait of New York would involve far fewer frou-frou proclamations like that and more dollars and cents discussion of real estate. Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Shunji Iwai, Scarlett Johnansson and Brett Ratner are among the twelve directors contributing, as is Shekhar Kapur, who took on the installment left unfinished by the late Anthony Minghella. The film’s screening as a work in progress at Toronto, and won’t reach theaters until February 13th of next year.

There’s a trailer for “Year of the Fish,” David Kaplan’s rotoscoped, Chinatown-set reinterpretation of Cinderella, here — it opens this Friday.

Here‘s a German trailer for Uli Edel’s “The Baader-Meinhof Complex,” a film about the Red Army Faction starring “The Lives of Others”‘ Martina Gedeck, “The Downfall”‘s Bruno Ganz and “Youth Without Youth”‘s Alexandra Maria Lara. It hasn’t yet premiered, but has still been a source of controversy due to the studio and PR firm’s attempt to block what would presumably be bad buzz by imposing a 100,000 euro fine on any post-press screening journalist caught writing or talking about the film before the week of its opening. David Hudson at Greencine Daily explains; the film opens in Germany on September 25th.

John Boyne’s children’s book “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is told from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy living in Berlin during World War II, whose soldier father moves the family to “Out-With” after being promoted by “the Fury,” a location change that prompts the bored narrator to befriend a lad living beyond a fence with a group of others wearing identical striped pajamas. The trailer for the film, here, by nature has to be a lot less coy than its source material with regards to being about the Holocaust. The novel, a bestseller, has been accused by some of being, well, twee, which isn’t a desirable quality in films on the subject — though the trailer, which offers glimpses of Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis as the mother and father, seems to indicate that fable quality has been toned down. A.O. Scott, reviewing the book for the New York Times in 2006, made the Benigni comparison: “Like that film, this novel uses a child’s perception — tinged with wonder and never entirely alive to the reality of evil — as a way of manipulating the emotional tone.”

[Photo: “New York, I Love You,” Palm Pictures, 2009]

+ “New York I love you” Teaser (Dailymotion)
+ Year of the Fish (Apple)
+ Stunning Full Theatrical Trailer For DER BAADER MEINHOF KOMPLEX! (Twitch)
+ The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (Apple)


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.