What to Watch on IFC in May

What to Watch on IFC in May (photo)

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Now that the season has changed for the better, we here at IFC are feeling the love and gearing up for a spring fling featuring seductive films to warm up the temperature, outdoors or in. Thursday, May 6th, kicking off at 8pm, tune in for a kinky office love affair in “Secretary,” starring recent Oscar nominee (for “Crazy Heart”) Maggie Gyllenhaal. And catch Kate Winslet and Geoffrey Rush in “Quills,” a period film about the Marquis de Sade, imprisoned but still writing his black markets books that were too racy to be published legally.

Plus, check out the unedited version of the sensuous “Wide Sargasso Sea,” and the original documentaries “Indie Sex: Extremes,” “Indie Sex: Censored” and “Indie Sex: Teens,” to learn everything you need to know about sex in cinema.

310x229_tigerland.jpgLater this month, IFC honors Memorial Day with a host of war films beginning Sunday, May 30th at 8pm, and all day Monday, May 31st. It all starts with Oliver Stone’s 1987 Oscar winning film “Platoon,” starring Charlie Sheen as a soldier facing distress after being recruited to the Vietnam War. The ensemble cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe.

Another Vietnam film, Joel Schumacher’s “Tigerland,” gave Colin Farrell his first leading role as a war-opposing recruit at a US training camp who tries to help soldiers get discharged. Also tune in for World War II dramas “The Good German,” starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett, “Days of Glory,” and “Black Book,” and classic films including “The Story of Women” and “Ballad of a Soldier.”

“The IFC Media Project” makes its returns in May with four all-new episodes, featuring news journalists from the New York Times, the Huffington Post and other national as well as international publications. The four-part series takes an inside look at fear, war, greed and disaster in the media. Don’t miss it every night at 8pm May 24th through May 27th.

Plus, every Sunday at noon you’ll be able to find a marathon of episodes from one of our series. On this month’s schedule: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” “Food Party,” “Modern Toss,” and “Dinner with the Band.”

310x229_chapter_27.jpgPREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • CHAPTER 27 In the three days leading up to music legend John Lennon’s assassination on a New York City street, “Chapter 27” takes a look at how Mark David Chapman planned the infamous murder. Jared Leto gained 60 pounds for his role as Chapman. Also stars Lindsay Lohan. Premieres Wed 05/12/10 at 8:00PM.
    • SHERRYBABY Maggie Gyllenhaal received much critical acclaim for her role as a mother who, after being released from prison, realizes trying to get her life back to normal is anything but easy. Premieres Sun 05/16/10 at 4:15PM.
    • SAW This cult horror favorite that launched a franchise introduces us to the Jigsaw Killer, who uses torturous techniques while pitting people against each other so that one must eventually die. Stars Cary Elwes and Danny Glover. Premieres Sun 05/23/10 at 8:15PM.
    • PROZAC NATION Based on the memoir of the same name, “Prozac Nation” follows a young woman who struggles with depression during her first year as a journalism major at Harvard. The cast includes Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange and Anne Heche. Premieres Fri 05/28/10 at 8:45PM.


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…


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. 


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 ’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?”


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).



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.


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


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.


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.


Forget Public Wifi

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



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.


Self Defense

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


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