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What to Watch on IFC in February

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bnr_spiritwatch.gifFebruary is often called the month of love, and we here at IFC love us some indie film. That’s why this month we’re proud to bring you the ceremony that honors talent without the BS of who’s wearing what — the 2009 Spirit Awards. Hot off the heels of 2008’s big winner, “Juno,” this year promises salutes to other potential breakout films. “Rachel Getting Married,” “Ballast” and “Frozen River” lead the pack with six nominations each. Plus, in the comeback of the year, Mickey Rourke is up for his phenomenal performance in “The Wrestler.” For more on other nominees and Awards pre-gaming upto the live event, check out’s online coverage, and the 2009 Spirit Awards Nominations special, airing all month long on the network. Then, find out who wins when the 2009 Spirit Awards are presented live on IFC Saturday, February 21st at 5PM Eastern/2PM Pacific.

310x229_monstersball.jpgIn the weekends leading up to the Spirit Awards, we’ve lined up a Best Fest of past winners and nominees from previous ceremonies. Catch the gala featuring Best Documentary winner “Bowling for Columbine”; “Monster’s Ball,” which was nominated for Best Screenplay; Best First Feature and Screenplay winner “The Opposite of Sex”; Best First Feature “Garden State”; “Kinsey,” a film with four Spirit nominations under its belt; and “Far From Heaven,” which swept the awards with five wins for Best Director, Feature, Cinematography, Female Lead and Supporting Male. The buck doesn’t stop there — there’s also much, much more. Tune in February 14th-15th and February 21st-22nd, and check out the schedule for a full list of films.

Also, in honor of Black History Month, IFC presents a night of films dedicated to some of the industry’s most talented African American filmmakers. Thursday, February 5th beginning at 6:30PM E/P, don’t miss an in-depth documentary on Melvin Van Peebles, “How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company and Enjoy It,” Denzel Washington’s feature directorial debut “Antwone Fisher,” Spike Lee’s film on African American portrayal in the media, “Bamboozled,” and “The Glass Shield,” directed by Charles Burnett.


  • PIZZA Ethan Embry plays a pizza delivery man who forms a bond with an overweight and lonely high school girl he takes along his rounds in this charming comedy. Premieres Monday, February 2nd @ 8PM E/P.
  • HOLY SMOKE Don’t miss Kate Winslet, recent double Golden Globe winner, in one of her earlier roles as a woman who learns new things about herself both spiritually and sexually. Premieres Monday, February 9th @ 8PM E/P.
  • STARTUP.COM The start of the end of the internet boom days are captured in this documentary, produced by D.A. Pennebaker, about the rise and fall of Premieres Wednesday, February 18th @ 11AM E/P.
  • LAND OF PLENTY Famed German filmmaker Wim Wenders directs this film about two people who, while dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, embark on a road trip after discovering the body of a Muslim boy. Michelle Williams stars. Premieres Monday, February 23rd @ 8PM E/P.

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.