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What to Watch on IFC in July

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Every Monday and Wednesday this month, beginning at midnight, IFC is blending musical performances with indie film. Tune in for films inspired by rock n’ roll, including “Last Days,” directed by Gus Van Sant and loosely based on the death of Kurt Cobain. You can also catch “Festival Express,” a rockumentary featuring amazing performances from some of the music industry’s most influential names, including Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead. Also on the ticket, the Beatles classic “A Hard Day’s Night,” Australian import “Starstruck” and “Wild Man Blues,” a doc about Woody Allen and his love for jazz.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how a record company starts (and ends) from the bottom up, you have to see “24 Hour Party People,” a deliriously good chronicle of the rise of Manchester’s Factory Records and the scene that spawned the likes of New Order and the Happy Mondays. The party continues into the wee hours with performances from the White Stripes, Gnarls Barkley, the Queens of the Stone Age, the Shins and a whole lot more. And if you miss Henry Rollins, this is a chance to hear him rant about politics and welcome his own musical guests on some of the last season’s best episodes. Plus, if you haven’t already seen “Z Rock,” get to know this rock band as they perform the rock club circuit by night while singing kiddie tunes by day to pay the bills.

310x229_johnnygaddaar2007.jpgIndia’s film industry is now the largest in the world, a vibrant cinema culture that regularly tromps Hollywood in its homeland and abroad. That’s why, beginning this month, IFC is proud to present Bollywood films every Sunday at 10am. In July, look out for crime epic “Johnny Gaddaar,” outlandish music industry comedy “Bheja Fry,” and acclaimed and award-winning rural fable “The Blue Umbrella.” Don’t forget to browse our Indie Guide to Bollywood for everything you need to know to get started on Hindi film.

PREMIERES THIS MONTH:

  • FROM HELL This period horror story following an inspector probing the Jack the Ripper murders is based on a graphic novel by “Watchmen”‘s Alan Moore. Stars Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. Premieres Thursday, July 23rd @ 8PM.
  • MAD MAX Before Mel Gibson was a megastar, or a wild-card director responsible for one of the most financially successful indie films, he was an unknown who became an icon in “Mad Max,” George Miller’s essential dystopic action movie. Premieres Wednesday, July 1st @ 9:45PM.
  • PLATOON The winner of both an Academy and Independent Spirit Award for best picture, this war drama focuses on a group of soldiers struggling with what’s right while fighting in the Vietnam War. The ensemble cast includes Tom Berenger, Willem Defoe, Charlie Sheen, Forest Whitaker and Johnny Depp, and the film was directed by Oliver Stone. Premieres Wednesday, July 1st @ midnight.
  • I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA Keenan Ivory Wayans writes, directs and stars in this blaxploitation satire about a soldier who returns home and recruits crime fighters to get even with a neighborhood thug. Isaac Hayes, Jim Brown and Kadeem Hardison are also featured. Premieres Monday, July 6th @ 8PM.

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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.