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What to Watch on IFC in September 2008

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Is summer already over? Pity, seems like it came and went quicker than a ride on the Pineapple Express. To make you feel better, we’ve rounded up a bunch of films to keep your mind distracted.

310x229_reefermadness.jpgOn Thursday, September 11th, beginning at 9PM Eastern, get a triple dose of burn outs, junkies, and deals gone wrong beginning with “Rush,” starring Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a pair of narcotics cops who get caught up in the drug world, and then try to buck the system by altering evidence. Then, check out “Party Monster” (pictured), based on the true story of a guy (played by former child star Macaulay Culkin) who hits the club circuit way too hard. It’s an intense look at the often drug-besotted club kid era of the 1980s and 1990s. After that, we give you a lesson on the effect of what cannabis can really do to a person with exploitation classic “Reefer Madness.” Your brain may not be able to handle it.

310x229_stateofgrace.jpgAlso this month, IFC is paying homage to the Mighty Penn — that would be Sean Penn, Spirit Award winner, Golden Globe winner, Oscar winner, the list could go on. Penn’s a man of many talents, including director (“The Indian Runner,” “The Pledge” and, more recently, “Into the Wild”), writer and producer, but we’re celebrating what he does best: acting. Tune in Saturday, September 6th starting at 9pm Eastern for a night of phenomenal performances from one of the greatest actors in film. See Penn take on the role of Sgt. Welsh in war saga “The Thin Red Line,” play an undercover cop in “State of Grace” (pictured) and portray a disturbed blue collar worker who plots to kill the president in “The Assassination of Richard Nixon.”

Plus, brand new to IFC, the Automat begins Tuesday, September 30th. Every week, we’re taking you back to the future with a blend of exclusive, uncensored alternative programming, including anime, original series, plus a film thrown into the mix, and much more. The cycle gets going 8PM Eastern/Pacific.

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR:

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Defying gravity with its martial arts sequences, Ang Lee’s impressively shot film tells the story of a mysterious stolen sword. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film in 2001. Premieres Wednesday, September 3rd at 9PM Eastern.
  • Little Fish In this Australian indie, thespian queen Cate Blanchett portrays a former drug addict trying to get her life together. Premieres Thursday, September 4th at 9PM Eastern.
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Bill Murray plays Jacques Cousteau-esque oceanographer Steve Zissou, who seeks revenge on the shark that ate one of his team members (no, it’s not a great white named “Jaws”). The role made such an impact that it inspired the remix music to this Bill Murray dedication. Premieres Friday, September 5th at 8:30PM Eastern.
  • Brothers When a man is shot down in Afghanistan, his brother steps in to help his family and begins falling in love with his wife (Connie Nielsen) in this heartwrenching Danish drama. Premieres Monday, September 8th at 9PM Eastern.
  • Guinevere An older photographer becomes involved with his young muse, whom he calls “Guinevere.” She soon learns, however, she’s just one of many. Ensemble cast includes Stephen Rea, Sarah Polley, and Gina Gershon. Premieres Monday, September 15th at 9PM Eastern.
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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.