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Thin Red Lines, Black Metal and More New DVDs

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“The Thin Red Line” (1998)
Directed by Terrence Malick
Released by Criterion Collection

No, you won’t be getting the hours of deleted Adrien Brody or George Clooney footage from Malick’s World War II epic, but this Criterion version is most certainly an upgrade from the previous bare-bones DVD edition with 14 minutes of outtakes, new interviews with Sean Penn and composer Hans Zimmer, among others from the cast and crew, an audio commentary with cinematographer John Toll, production designer Jack Fisk and producer Grant Hill and more.

“7 Days” (2010)
Directed by Daniel Grou
Released by MPI Home Video

French Canadian horror author Patrick Senécal adapts his own novel to celluloid about a doctor (Claude Legault) who intercepts the man (Remy Girard) who raped and murdered his young daughter and turns the tables on him in a cabin in the woods. With a résumé including TV series like “Vampire High,” Daniel Grou, known in some circles by the nickname Podz, seems like the right man for the directing gig, making his feature debut here.

“Babies” (2010)
Directed by Thomas Balmes
Released by Focus Features

French filmmaker Balmès’ globetrotting documentary follows the development of four infants in four separate countries. From the womb to the first time they stand upright, the film shows toddlers from Namibia, Tokyo, San Francisco and Mongolia during their first few months of life.

“Carcasses” (2009)
Directed by Denis Côté
Released by Vanguard Cinema

A selection of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2009, Canadian helmer Côté blends fiction and nonfiction to tell the story of Jean-Paul Colmor, the owner of a junkyard for used cars in Quebec who takes in four teens afflicted with Down syndrome.

“Cat City” (2008)
Directed by Brent Huff
Released by MTI Home Video

Julian Sands, Rebecca Pidgeon and Brian Dennehy star in this thriller about a hotshot real estate developer whose affair with his wife’s law partner spirals out to affect a shady business deal the two have plotted, ultimately leading to murder and mayhem.

“Chasing 3000” (2008)
Directed by Gregory Lanesey
Released by Maya Entertainment

Set in the 1970s, Trevor Morgan and Rory Culkin star as brothers who hit the road with the hopes of seeing Roberto Clemente notch his 3000th hit for the Pittsburgh Pirates, a journey that takes on a more noble purpose when Culkin’s Roger starts to succumb to muscular dystrophy. Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly co-star in this coming-of-age drama.

09232010_CocoIgor.jpg“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” (2010)
Directed by Jan Kounen
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Now available to be enjoyed as the second half of a double feature with last year’s Audrey Tatou starrer “Coco Before Chanel,” Sony Pictures Classics’ other acquisition concerning the French fashion designer stars Anna Mouglalis as Chanel on the eve of the great success of her famed fragrance Chanel No. 5 as she indulges in a torrid love affair with Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen), whose career is on the wane, after the death of her lover Boy Capel. (Aaron Hillis’ interview with Mikkelsen is here.)

Fangoria Frightfest

The legendary horror fan magazine is breaking into the branding distribution business (a la After Dark) with a collection of frightening flicks that were festival staples in recent years including the Jeffrey Combs haunted house thriller “Dark House”, the simply titled “Pig Hunt” from “Skinwalkers” director Jim Isaac, the psychological drama “Hunger”, the Michael Madsen-starrer “The Tomb”, the Spanish drama “The Haunting”, the Australian rampage thriller “Road Kill”, and the Keri Russell-Thomas Kretschmann truth-based “Grimm Love”.

“Frozen” (2010)
Directed by Adam Green
Released by Anchor Bay Films

With “Hatchet 2” about to hit theaters, Green’s other 2010 horror film is already hitting DVD, telling the story of three friends whose ski vacation turns into a nightmare when they become stranded on a chairlift.

“Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema” (2010)
Directed by Ralph Ziman
Released by Anchor Bay Films

Writer/director Ralph Ziman uses South Africa as the setting for the “Scarface”-like tale of two teens in Johannesburg who rise through the criminal underworld to escape the life in the slums. (Bruce Bennett’s review of the film is here.)

“Get Him to the Greek” (2010)
Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Released by Universal Home Entertainment

Russell Brand’s debaucherous rocker Aldous Snow gets his own film with this “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” spinoff from writer/director Nicholas Stoller that sees Snow as the unwilling charge of Jonah Hill’s lowly music company intern, who must accompany the rocker from London to Los Angeles in 72 hours.

“The Girl From Cortina” (1994)
Directed by Maurizio Vanni and Isabel Russinova
Released by Mya/Ryko Distribution

Vanessa Gravina stars as a frightened young woman who comes back home to escape the literal and figurative ghosts of her past, only to find that some horrors she hasn’t been able to leave behind.

“Good” (2008)
Directed by Vicente Amorim
Released by National Entertainment Media

Long delayed on DVD because of the legal woes of its now-bankrupt distributor ThinkFilm, this World War II-set drama stars Viggo Mortensen as a literature professor who finds himself caught up in the Nazi party. Jason Isaacs and Jodie Whittaker co-star. (Aaron Hillis’ interview with Mortensen is here.)

“Harlow” (1965)
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Released by Olive Films

Carroll Baker stars in this biopic of the 1930s blonde bombshell Jean Harlow, co-starring Peter Lawford, Red Buttons and Angela Lansbury.

“The Haunting Cinema of Frantisek Vlacil”
Directed by Frantisek Vlacil
Released by Facets Multimedia

Czech filmmaker Vlacil gets a double feature of his humanist dramas, 1970’s “Adelheid,” about a soldier’s affair with his servant, and 1960’s “The White Dove,” about a young boy who nurses a pigeon back to health.

“Helen” (2008)
Directed by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy
Released by Vanguard Cinema

A vet of Telluride and Thessaloniki Film Festivals, this British drama centers on an 18-year-old woman whose role as a stand-in for a police investigation into a local murder leads to soul searching in her own life after realizing the victim had the life she never got a chance at as an orphan.

“I Want Your Girl” (2009)
Directed by Miks Ozolins
Released by Osiris Entertainment

“Indecent Proposal” done up country style, Lochlyn Munro stars in this comedy about a man who is offered $1 million to leave his significant other with a farmer (Robert Pike Daniel) after they’re stranded by a thunderstorm on his land.


“I’m Gonna Explode” (2008)
Directed by Gerardo Naranjo
Released by MPI Home Video

Brought to you by producers Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, Naranjo’s unusual romantic drama sees two teens hit the road after serving detention for a talent show prank to free themselves from a world in which they feel like misfits.

“The Iron Bodyguard” (1973)
Directed by Chang Cheh
Released by Media Blasters

Another kung fu epic to emerge from the Shaw Brothers vault, “Iron Bodyguard” follows a rebellious security guard (Chen Kuan Tai) who fights on behalf of the criminals he believes have been wronged during the Ching Dynasty.

“Iron Man 2” (2010)
Directed by Jon Favreau
Released by Paramount Pictures

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his turn as Tony Stark in the Jon Favreau’s follow-up to the 2008 superhero extravaganza that firmly believes the more the merrier with the addition of Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash into the mix. (Matt Zoller Seitz’s review for the film is here.)

“The Kid: Camacho” (2009)
Directed by Miguel Necoechea
Released by Maya Entertainment

Martin Sheen stars in this boxing drama about an estranged father and son (Kirk Harris) who make up for lost time by training a younger fighter (Alex Perea). Who else but Michael Madsen co-stars in this film from Miguel Necoechea.

“Knock on Wood” (1953)
Directed by Norman Panama
Released by Olive Films

Olive Films dusts off this Paramount comedy that stars Danny Kaye as a ventriloquist whose puppet gets jealous when his fiancée enters the picture, a problem that snowballs into international intrigue when the puppet’s maker turns out to be a spy who hides secret documents in the ventriloquist’s suitcase on his trip to Zurich.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.


IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.



IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on and the IFC app.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….


IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.


IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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