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What to Watch on IFC in December

What to Watch on IFC in December (photo)

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The holidays are upon us, and in this final month of the year, IFC is giving the gift of dinner, music, cult film, a pot-dealing Christmas special and a New Year’s in New York you won’t soon forget.

Thursday, December 3rd beginning at 8pm, check out a night of indie cult films, featuring David Cronenberg’s “Crash”; the goofy low-budget special effects of “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai” and the NC-17 over-the-top ’70s flick “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” (written by film critic Roger Ebert!). And rounding it out, don’t miss William Shatner battling horrifying giant arachnids in “Kingdom of the Spiders.”

If you can’t make it to New York’s Times Square this New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop, don’t sweat it — IFC has your ticket to the wildest city to be in December 31st with an all-day festival of Gotham-centric films starting at 7:15am. Tune in for Woody Allen classics like “Manhattan,” and “Annie Hall”; watch Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis duke it out in “Gangs of New York”; see Robert Downey Jr. grow out of the mean streets in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” and catch Macauley Culkin turning into a “Party Monster.” For a list of all the films, check out the full schedule for that day.

Also this month, IFC presents a not-so-typical “Ideal Christmas Special” chock full of holiday surprises. Moz is “dealing” with the holidays, and we don’t mean just pot — his mom pays a visit, and his pregnant girlfriend is making out with… another girl? Don’t miss it Tuesday, December 1st at 10:30pm, right before a brand new episode of “Dinner with the Band” featuring Sam Mason cooking up some seriously good food and conversation with a bunch of indie bands. Musical acts this month include Final Fantasy, Kid Sister and Flosstradamus, plus many more.

310x229_heathers.jpgPREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • HEATHERS The prettiest, most popular girls in school, known as the Heathers, find their clique crumbling after a rebellious new boy shows up. Stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty. Premieres Fri., December 4th @ 7:15pm.
    • THE LIBERTINE Johnny Depp stars as John Wilmot, a 17th century poet and notorious rake whose excesses cause his death at a tragically young age, though he later earned critical acclaim for his work. Also stars John Malkovich and Samantha Morton. Premieres Sun., December 6th @ 11:00pm.
    • TOUCHING THE VOID Two young mountain climbers are faced with life and death when their trip to the Peruvian Andes goes awry in this documentary by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland,” “State of Play”). Premieres Wed., December 9th @ 9:35pm.
    • SWEETIE A family get-together exposes the psychological realities of their dysfunctional situation in the debut film from director Jane Campion (“The Piano,” “Bright Star”). Premieres Thu., December 17th @ 6:15pm.
    • THE NAMESAKE Mira Nair (of “Monsoon Wedding,” “Mississippi Masala”) directs this adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s acclaimed novel about the son of Indian immigrants trying to find his place America. Stars Kal Penn and Jacinda Barrett. Premieres Thu., December 31st @ 10:35am.

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.