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September 4th

Extract

“Extract”

The Cast: Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Clifton Collins Jr., Dustin Milligan, Gene Simmons
Writer/Director: Mike Judge
The Gist: Away from the confines of 20th Century Fox, who all but abandoned his first live-action film and buried his second, Judge looks to be finally getting the treatment he deserves on this comedy about the manager of a food extract company (Bateman) who is threatened with a lawsuit from one of his employees (Collins) after he loses one of his testicles to a freak bottling plant accident. Kunis co-stars as a grifter who befriends the employee and Affleck plays Bateman’s dim-witted pal.

“American Casino”
Director: Leslie Cockburn
Fest Cred: Tribeca
The Gist: In a doc that couldn’t be any more timely, Cockburn examines the subprime mortgage crisis from the perspectives of both the bankers who lent the money and made a killing to the borrowers who found themselves with foreclosed homes in a scheme that Cockburn suggests was racially motivated.

“Amreeka”
The Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Jenna Kawar
Writer/Director: Cherien Dabis
Fest Cred: Sundance, Seattle, Cannes, Los Angeles
The Gist: Dabis’ debut dramedy has been racking up praise and awards including the Cannes Director’s Fortnight FIPRESCI Prize since debuting at this year’s Sundance, telling the semi-autobiographical story of a Palestinean single mother (Faour) who is granted a U.S. green card and sets out to start a new life for her and her son (Muallem) in Illinois, though that goal is complicated by the start of the Iraq war.

“Carriers”
The Cast: Chris Pine, Lou Taylor Pucci, Piper Perabo, Christopher Meloni, Emily VanCamp
Director: Àlex Pastor and David Pastor
The Gist: Funny how a summer blockbuster can change things. The late Paramount Vantage has dusted off this horror thriller made in ’07 about “four young, attractive people” (the studio’s description, not mine) — including the newly minted Cpt. Kirk, Chris Pine — who attempt to find a safe haven in the midst of a global epidemic of a mysterious and lethal virus.

“Liverpool”
The Cast: Juan Fernandez, Giselle Irrazabal, Nieves Cabrera
Director: Lisandro Alonso
Fest Cred: Cannes, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, AFI, Thessaloniki
The Gist: Argentinean helmer Alonso didn’t have too many distractions to contend with when he pulled into Tierra del Fuego, the setting for his spare, atmospheric drama about a boat worker journeying along the barren island to visit his mother.

“Tickling Leo”
The Cast: Eli Wallach, Lawrence Pressman, Daniel Sauli, Annie Parisse, Ronald Guttman, Victoria Clark
Writer/Director: Jeremy Davidson
Fest Cred: Stony Brook
The Gist: Mary Stuart Masterson, whose own directorial debut “The Cake Eaters” came out earlier this year, lends a helping hand as a producer on her husband Davidson’s first film that finds Wallach playing a survivor of the “Kastner train” exchange, in which the leader of a Jewish organization struck a deal for a group of Jews to be spared from being transported to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, only to be assassinated years later, coming to terms with his family’s ties to that event 50 years later. New Yorkers can look for it at the Quad Cinema, but Cinetic will also release the film online.

“Unmade Beds”
The Cast: Fernando Tielve, Déborah François, Michiel Huisman, Iddo Goldberg
Director: Alexis Dos Santos
Fest Cred: Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlinale, San Francisco
The Gist: Threesomes, crazy costumes and wild parties are just a part of the sophomore feature from Dos Santos, which follows Axl (Tielve) and Vera (François), two young, foreign-born bohemians in London as the former pursues his long-estranged father and the latter attempts to forget her recent heartbreak.

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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.

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