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What to Watch on IFC in March

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320x240_rabbit_proof_fence.jpgIf you had the chance to see Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia this past year, you’re already well aware of the fact that it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. Besides the breathtaking scenery, the continent is home to many talented filmmakers and actors. So this month, IFC is paying homage to the land down under with a weekend of films born and bred there. Tune in Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th for Golden Globe nominee Rabbit Proof Fence, IFC’s premiere of The Nugget featuring Eric Bana, the crime-mystery Lantana, as well as famed Australian director Peter Weir’s classic Picnic at Hanging Rock. Plus, you can also catch flicks from back in the 70’s including My Brilliant Career and Newsfront. And, Aussies tackle musicals pretty damn well (did someone say Moulin Rouge?), so we’ve thrown in the 80’s classic Starstruck. Be sure to check out a musical special with Australian import Olivia Newton John, airing throughout the weekend during the film fest.

310x220_thelifeaquatic2004.jpgAlso, what’s March without a little ‘madness’? This month, we’re showcasing some seriously quirky indies that are just plain, well, mad. On March 5th and March 12th, beginning at 8PM, you don’t want to miss this event featuring IFC’s premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, starring Ben Stiller in an iconic red tracksuit alongside an ensemble cast playing his peculiar family. Also on the bill: another Wes Anderson film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, with even more eccentric characters venturing out on a mission of revenge. Plus, Robert Altman’s The Player, an indie chockful of inside Hollywood humor; Employee of The Month starring Matt Dillon, which should not be confused with the film of the same name starring Jessica Simpson…although, that would still make it odd; Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, starring Uma Thurman as a chick with seriously large thumbs; and, a satire questioning what would’ve happened had the South won the Civil War – CSA: The Confederate States of America.

And, to keep the comedy rolling, IFC premieres the British series ‘Modern Toss.’ It’s raunchy, imaginative and really, really funny. Check it out Tuesdays in the Automat beginning March 17th.


  • SHINE Geoffrey Rush won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Australian David Helfgott who spent many years in an institution and ended up becoming a gifted pianist. Premieres Sunday, March 15th @ 6:05PM.
  • THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS Wes Anderson directs this indie about a dysfunctional family composed of brilliant minds that band together when one of the members reveals they are terminally ill. Cast includes Ben Stiller, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston. Premieres Saturday, March 7th @ 8PM.
  • CHOPPER Eric Bana gives a strong performance as Mark “Chopper” Read, author of numerous books detailing his life as a notorious criminal in Australia. Premieres Monday, March 2nd @ 8PM.
  • THE NUGGET A double dose of Eric Bana in March with this comedy about a group of gold miners who discover the world’s biggest nugget, and must deal with thieves awaiting to steal their treasure. Premieres Monday, March 16th @ 8PM.


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.