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Of Soldiers, Playmates and Poets

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This week sees, for once, nothing imported from Russia and nothing opening in 3D. Hmmm…signs and portents.

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“Brothers at War”
While his very premise negates a documentarian’s objectivity, filmmaker Jake Rademacher brings an intimacy and affection to his feature debut, a handheld portrait of his two brothers serving in Iraq. Shot first-hand while embedded with his brothers’ units in the field, Rademacher seeks to better understand their actions and motivations as they patrol along the Syrian border. Putting the larger political issues aside, the film focuses on the men and women who fight, the families back home who wait, and the unique bond that ties and holds them all together.
Opens in limited release.

“The Cake Eaters”
After cutting her directorial teeth with a segment in 2001 sci-fi anthology “On the Edge,” Mary Stuart Masterson undergoes yet another career reinvention as the helmer of this rural ensemble drama of regret and reconciliation. Having fled to the big city to pursue a music career, Guy (Jayce Bartok, who also wrote the script) returns to his tiny home town having learned that he missed his mother’s funeral. His arrival uncorks the pent-up frustrations of the brother and father that he left behind. Kristen Stewart, who broke big recently as the heroine of Stephenie Meyer’s looky-no-touchy teen romance “Twilight,” shows a different side here in the role of Georgia, a terminally ill teen aggressively pursuing Guy’s brother Beagle (Aaron Stanford) with the hopes to experience the fruits of love while she can. Bruce Dern, Elizabeth Ashley and Melissa Leo co-star.
Opens in New York.

“Carmen & Geoffrey”
Both a portrait of a pair of artists and one of a couple who’ve been married for 53 years, this documentary from filmmakers Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob traces the relationship between legendary dancer Carmen De Lavallade and famed choreographer, actor and director Geoffrey Holder, both major figures in the world of modern dance.
Opens in New York.

“The Edge of Love”
Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley stars in this period piece that made British gossip rags go weak at the knees, a potentially salacious dramatization of poet Dylan Thomas’ well-documented, passionate love triangle, though its premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival last June revealed it to be more plush portrait than titillation. From director “Love is the Devil” director John Maybury, this snapshot of WWII London life sees Matthew Rhys starring as the celebrated Welsh bard Thomas embroiled in a tangled emotional three-way between free-spirited wife Caitlin MacNamara (Miller) and childhood sweetheart Vera Philips (Knightley).
Opens in L.A.; opens in New York on March 20th.

“The Last House on the Left”
With so many casualties of the infamous banned lists of the ’70s and ’80s now revealed to be positively tame by today’s standards, Wes Craven’s mother of all video nasties remains one of the elite few that can still accurately be described as difficult viewing. Craven serves as an executive producer to oversee this present day re-imagining of his 1972 directorial debut starring Sara Paxton as the abducted and brutalized Mari, whose attackers unwittingly seek refuge at the vacation home of her parents (Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter), who plot to exact the ultimate revenge.
Opens wide.

“Miss March”
Two of the Whitest Kids U’Know, Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore, make their leap to the big screen as the writers, directors and stars of this sardonic road trip sex comedy. After what was supposed to be an unforgettable prom night leaves him in a four-year coma, Eugene (Cregger) awakens to find his high school sweetheart splashed across the pages of Playboy and at the urging of his best pal Tucker (Moore), embarks on an anarchic cross-country jaunt to Hef’s mansion in order to win her back.
Opens wide.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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