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What to Watch on IFC in January 2009

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310x229_confidence.jpgHow is it already 2009? It seems the entire year was shorter than “The Hottie and the Nottie”‘s run at the box office. Okay, no dwelling. Rather, IFC is ringing in the new year with some of the finest filmmaking indies have to offer in the form of ruthless, lowdown and dirty criminals. Beginning at 7:30AM Eastern/Pacific on January 1st, we’re rolling out the big guns with “Confidence,” featuring Dustin Hoffman, über hottie Rachel Weisz and Ed Burns as a conman looking to pull off his biggest heist yet. Then, check out the consummate Coen brothers gangster film “Miller’s Crossing” as well as “State of Grace,” featuring a stellar performance from Sean Penn. Plus, if you haven’t seen Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” yet, go!…right after watching him in “The Pope of Greenwich Village,” airing on IFC New Year’s Day. Also wreaking havoc: Quentin Tarantino’s cult hit “Reservoir Dogs,” and rapper DMX in “Never Die Alone.”

americanpsycho.jpgIf you think the holiday events are over come January 1st, don’t miss your chance to attend our Winter Kills Party. This unmissable gala includes IFC’s premiere of “American Psycho,” featuring Christian Bale as a disturbed yuppie who commits freakish acts of violence, and spawned some of the most infamous scenes in indie film. Other attendees include “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” horror classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”and “Coffin Joe: Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures.” Strange, indeed. You’re invited January 29th, 8PM Eastern/Pacific sharp. Don’t be late; you really, really don’t want to upset the hosts.

And, it’s what you’ve been waiting for: an all new season of “The Whitest Kids U’ Know.” Ye-essssss! The comedy troupe returns with new sketches, new antics but they’re still the same ole’ white kids. Catch them in the Automat every Tuesday beginning January 27th at 10PM Eastern/Pacific.

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR:

  • AMERICAN PSYCHO Batman wasn’t the first role in which Christian Bale played someone leading a double life. In this film, he created an iconic character in Patrick Bateman — a crazed, psychopathic killer by night/wealthy businessman by day. Cast also features Reese Witherspoon, Chlöe Sevigny and Jared Leto. Premieres Wednesday, January 14th @ 8PM Eastern/Pacific.
  • BULLET After his release from prison, Butch “Bullet” Stein takes to his old habits of drugs and crime, but not without consequences. “Bullet” is another film this month you can catch featuring Mickey Rourke, alongside Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and the late Tupac Shakur. Premieres Monday, January 26th @ Midnight.
  • VENUS Two aging actors fearful for the end of their careers and lives meet a young twenty-something beauty who changes the shape of things. Legendary actor Peter O’Toole stars. Premieres Monday, January 26th @ 6:30PM Eastern/Pacific.
  • WASSUP ROCKERS Larry Clark (“Kids”, “Bully”) taps into the teen lifestyle once again with this film about a group of skaters from South Central who head to Hollywood and stir up trouble after hanging with local rich girls. Premieres Monday, January 5th @ 8PM Eastern/Pacific.
  • FLAKES Indie darling Zooey Deschanel stars in this flick about restaurant owners that specialize in serving cereal to a resident hip crowd, and find themselves pitted against a business that steals their concept. Premieres Friday, January 23rd @ 6:30PM Eastern/Pacific.
  • DUANE HOPWOOD A divorced father tries to get his life back together after running into trouble because of his problem with substance abuse. Featuring David Schwimmer and Jeanine Garofalo. Premieres Thursday, January 15th @ 6:30PM Eastern/Pacific.
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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.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.