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Five obnoxious Troy Duffy quotes.

Five obnoxious Troy Duffy quotes. (photo)

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This week saw the, er, proud return of Troy Duffy, writer/director of 1999’s Boston-set cult favorite “The Boondock Saints,” about the stylish side of vigilante violence, and its new sequel “Boondock Saints II,” which arrives in theaters today. Duffy’s also the resentful subject of 2003’s “Overnight,” a fascinating 2003 documentary-as-showbiz-cautionary-tale that showcases how he’s not one of those people to whom modesty and introspection come naturally.

In the process of making “Boondock,” Duffy managed to alienate a lot of people by being boorish, self-aggrandizing and effectively worshiping at the altar of his own ego. “Overnight” was beyond biased in depicting these things, but co-directors Tony Montana and Brian Mark Smith show you exactly why they went that route: they have Duffy on camera swearing he’s not going to pay them what he originally promised. Ten years later, Duffy’s out on the press circuit, and the one message coming through loud and clear in his interviews is that the man’s learned nothing in the interim about keeping his mouth shut. Here are five choice cuts from recent Q&As:

1. On the question of whether or not the brothers MacManus’ actions promote vigilante gunplay: “You like ’em, great, you don’t, go f*ck yourself. That’s why when people say, ‘It seems to condone vigilantism.’ Well, to you. There’s a whole bunch of other people that feel differently about it. There’s people that just look at this as a complete f*ckin’ fantasy RIDE, you know?”ComingSoon.
This is how to have your cake and scarf it down obnoxiously too. His movies don’t condone vigilantism: they’re just fantasies about how awesome it is, without any real-world feelings attached. And he’s got an army to support him, so clearly you are wrong if you disagree.

2. “Smoking is cool, and everyone knows it.”Movieline.
This would be funnier if I thought Duffy was kidding. But he’s not a kidder.

3. “This movie was effectively abandoned by Hollywood. Had it been given a chance, it would’ve been a gigantic fucking hit. That is no longer a matter of opinion.”IFC.
What Duffy means is that the movie probably made between $50-60 million on DVD in the US (depending on who you ask) and more abroad. What he’s actually saying is that his movie is objectively “Pulp Fiction,” and it’s not.

4. “This movie was virtually abandoned, and the kids found it. They made it their own thing, and they didn’t really give a sh*t what critics said. And they started protecting the film on the Internet. Every time you see a bad comment about Boondock, the next ten comments are Boondock fans calling that guy a douchebag.”Cinematical.
Note the self-righteousness of “the kids” (a phrase that comes up a lot in Duffy interviews) — very The Who in 1965, when the kids were alright, and they found something that, like, spoke to them man, and Poindexter over there could just suck it. Also, it’s a good thing that internet comment boards are full of people calling others douchebags. Believe.

5. “Ultimately, I think females are just sick and tired of the ‘let’s share,’ sensitive male the movies have been feeding them.”Philadelphia Daily News. This is common conservative meme (see the indelible Yervand Kocher on indie film: “Movies lost their masculinity and femininity and became comfortably metrosexual”). At the end of the day, Duffy’s quite comfortable with saying his movie’s just for laughs while playing to the most reactionary impulses of his fanbase by proving — on film — that your girlfriend really does love watching football with your friends as much as you do and, given her druthers, is all about watching manly men shoot guns and eat nachos. And also we’re taking back the culture from the wusses!

[Photo: “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day,” Stage 6 Films, 2009]

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.