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What to Watch on IFC in November 2008

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_MG_5918.JPGWho knew that when Henry Rollins joined the hardcore metal band Black Flag as lead singer 20-some odd years ago, he’d turn out to be one of the most socially and politically outspoken artists in the world today? You may have caught “The Henry Rollins Show” here on IFC, where he welcomed indie musical acts as well as a wide array of guests to discuss politics, world issues and just about everything else. This month, tune in to a series of three specials featuring Henry Rollins as he tours three politically affected areas around the world sharing his uninhibited, uncensored and uncut views.

The first stop: New Orleans. Rollins visits the city, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, and gives a stage performance at the legendary Tipitina’s music venue. Then, check out “Henry Rollins: Uncut from South Africa,” where he visits Nelson Mandela’s old prison cell, explores underdeveloped areas, and takes his voice to the stage in front of an audience at the University of Cape Town. On the final stop, Rollins heads to Northern Ireland. Before performing to a sold-out crowd in Belfast, he speaks with people who played a significant role during the troubles that affected the region, while also seeking insight on how the situation there can help resolve the war in Iraq. Tune in every Friday beginning at 10:30PM Eastern/Pacific. And check out a special encore of “Henry Rollins: Uncut from Israel” Friday, November 28th at 10pm Eastern.

Also this month, we premiere a news series from producers Meghan O’Hara (“Fahrenheit 911”, “Sicko”) and Mick McKinney (“The Daily Show”, “30 Days”). Populist, edgy and totally independent, the IFC Media Project delves into the news, going behind the story, featuring in-your-face confrontations and much, much more. Tune in Tuesday, November 18th at 8pm Eastern/Pacific.

And, if you think you’ve got mileage logged this holiday, you got nothin’ on IFC’s Road Trip. Oh yeaaaaah — pack it up, fill the tank and get ready for a Thanksgiving Day joy ride; it’s an all-day film fest that goes cross country. Thursday, November 27th beginning at 10am Eastern, check out “Roadside Prophets,” with two buddies heading on a bike ride through Nevada. Look out for cameos from John Cusack and the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz. Plus, “Grand Theft Parsons” takes you through the wild true story of how Phil Kaufman kidnapped musician and good friend Gram Parson’s body to fulfill a pact they once made. Also en route: David Lynch’s “Wild At Heart,” with Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as a couple trying to escape the bunch of wacked-out hitmen on their trail; “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,” directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Uma Thurman hitchiking across the US with the world’s largest thumbs; “Trans,” about a juvenile delinquent on the run; and before the gas tank goes on empty, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which brings the trip to a thrilling end, because hitting the road wouldn’t be quite as much fun without getting lost and falling victim to a crazed psychopath.

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR:

  • THE PROPOSITION An outlaw involved in a gang with his brothers is given the opportunity to be granted pardon by the local Captain if he kills his older sibling, or else law enforcement will kill his younger one. Talk about a tough decision. Premieres Sunday, November 2nd @ 9e.
  • ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW Author Miranda July makes her feature directorial/acting/writing debut in this indie about an artist and a newly single father who form a relationship while dealing with the tensions of everyday life. It won awards at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Premieres Monday, November 3rd @ 9e.
  • EDMOND With a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Mamet, “Edmond” focuses on an unhappy businessman who has his Tarot read, and ends up drastically changing his life after hearing what the cards have to say. Premieres Thursday, November 6th @ 9e.
  • THE BAXTER “Wet Hot American Summer”‘s Michael Showalter directs, stars and writes this rom-com about a guy who, with just two weeks to go until his wedding, does all he can to fight off a curse that’s plagued him in previous relationships. Premieres Monday, November 10th @ 9e.
  • THE SEA INSIDE Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2005, “The Sea Inside” is based on the true story of Ramón Sampedro, who fought for years for the right to be euthanized. “No Country For Old Men”‘s coif-challenged Javier Bardem stars. Premieres Monday, November 17th @ 9e.

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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.