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What to Watch on IFC in April

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This month on IFC, we’re serving up brand spankin’ new episodes of “Dinner With The Band” and “Food Party” featuring indie music and funky recipes to satisfy any appetite. It all kicks off Tuesday, April 27th at 10pm. There’ll be back to back episodes of the psychadelic series “Food Party,” with host Thu Tran creating interesting dishes while also dealing with surreal circumstances. Then at 10:30pm, watch executive chef Sam Mason cook up deliciousness on “Dinner With The Band” while hosting an array of music artists, including Rufus Wainwright, Vega, Andrew WK and more.

And, to make you a little more hungry this month, tune in for IFC’s Food Fight Thursday, April 8th at 6pm for a recipe that involves a pinch of action, a hint of gore and some sweet-sounding titles. First up, “Blood and Wine,” a jewel heist thriller starring Jack Nicholson and Jennifer Lopez. Then catch teen werewolf cult favorite “Ginger Snaps,” Bond man Daniel Craig as a drug dealer in “Layer Cake” and a pre-“Juno” Ellen Page as a teen on a vengeful mission in “Hard Candy.”

310x229_cursed2.jpgAlso this month, horror reigns on Thursday April 23rd starting at 7:45pm. Tune in for the classic, never-gets-old fright flick “Halloween,” teens being stalked by a crazed psycho killer in “Madman,” and Christina Ricci fighting her way out of werewolfdom in “Cursed,” directed by horror master Wes Craven. Plus, the night gets stranger and gorier with Dee Snider’s “Strangeland,” about a deranged convict who returns to his old ways of luring unsuspecting victims into his home to torture them.

Plus, Friday, April 9th at 8:30pm, catch our SXSW wrap-up special, featuring highlights of all the most awesome moments from the two-week festival. If you miss it, check out the schedule for airings throughout the month.

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    • LORDS OF DOGTOWN Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen”) directs this biographical film about a group of young surfers and skateboarders who shape the trends in Venice, CA during the 1970s. Cast includes Heath Ledger, Nikki Reed, Johnny Knoxville and Emile Hirsch. Premieres Wednesday, April 7th @ 8pm.
    • THE SQUID AND THE WHALE Based on the life of the film’s director Noah Baumbach (“Greenberg”), this dramedy is the story of two young brothers coping with their parents’ divorce and the new relationships they form. Stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney. Premieres Sat., April 10th @ 8pm.
    • TIGERLAND Colin Farrell stars in this war drama about a group of recruits facing their own troubles in a Louisiana training ground for soldiers headed to Vietnam. Directed by Joel Schumacher (“St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys”). Premieres Sunday, April 18th @ 8:15pm.
    • CURSED Famed horror director Wes Craven (“Nightmare on Elm Street” and the “Scream” series) gets behind the camera for another thrilling tale about teens, who, bit by a werewolf, must find their attacker before permanently transforming into vicious monsters themselves. With Christina Ricci and Portia de Rossi. Premieres Thursday, April 22nd @ 9:15pm.

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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.

The-Craft

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.