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2010 Holiday Movie Guide – DVD

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The 2010 IFC Holiday Film Guide

Contrary to even our own guide to what’s coming out on video-on-demand and online, rumors of the demise of those shiny discs that still take up shelf space have been greatly exaggerated. Take next week, for example, in which one will only be able to enjoy the guilty pleasure of “Lake Placid 3” or the easy charm of the Adam Scott indie comedy “Passenger Side” on DVD or upgrade to high-definition for the “Alien Quadrilogy” boxed set, a rerelease of the “Back to the Future” trilogy or better yet, Criterion editions of Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” or the Japanese curiosity “Hausu” on Blu-ray. And it’s not even December yet.

Unfortunately in this time of tightened purse strings, the studios and specialty labels like Shout! Factory, Criterion and Olive Films aren’t going to make this holiday season any easier on the wallet, with most digging deep into the vaults to pull up restored classics and lesser-seen obscurities, which will sit side by side with plenty of this summer’s biggest blockbusters on Netflix queues and store shelves in the months ahead. Many of the films showcased below never were released in theaters or in many cases haven’t been available on home video before, waiting to be discovered by new audiences.

by Stephen Saito

Can’t make it to the theater? Here are the recent indie hits, restored classics and diamonds in the rough that can be picked up at the local video store or might make excellent stocking stuffers.

OCTOBER

WEEK OF:  17-23  |  24-31

NOVEMBER

WEEK OF:  1-6  |  7-13  |  14-20  |  21-27  |  28-30

DECEMBER

WEEK OF:  1-4  |  5-11  |  12-18  |  19-25  |  26-31

On DVD the week ending October 23

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“Giallo,” Maya Home Entertainment, 2010

Dario Argento’s “Giallo”

After becoming one of the foremost directors of the giallo genre, famed horror auteur Dario Argento gives it a nod in the title to his latest, which brings in Adrien Brody as a detective on the hunt for a murder nicknamed “Giallo” (The Yellow) after the sister of a kidnap victim (Emmanuelle Seigner) seeks out his help. Granted, we were more excited about this when Vincent Gallo was in talks to play the serial killer in question and before “Giallo” sat on the shelf after a mildly enthusiastic response from the festival circuit in 2009, but still, new Argento is always reason enough to celebrate.

“‘Apocalypse Now:’ Full Disclosure”

An upgrade from the 2006 “Complete Dossier” edition, Francis Ford Coppola’s classic war film hits Blu-ray for the very first time (in both the original and extended “Redux” cuts), finally accompanied by the making-of doc “Hearts of Darkness,” as well as new interviews, a new 48-page booklet with rediscovered archival materials and new interviews with Coppola and the cast and crew.

“Assault Girls”

Mamoru Oshii helms this follow-up to 2001’s “Avalon” in which a trio of women led by “Babel” star Rinko Kikuchi fight off sand monsters in a virtual world to test their mettle and weapons skills.

“The Hitman Diaries: Charlie Valentine”

After his latest score goes awry, a fading gangster (Raymond J. Barry) reaches out to his estranged son (Michael Weatherly), a budding criminal himself, to help him, though the lure of money and power may prove stronger than blood in this crime thriller. Tom Berenger co-stars.

“Journey to Promethea”

Billy Zane dons a crown for this fantasy epic about a rebel (Sam Murphy) who leads his people to rise up against an oppressive king.

“The Killing Machine”

…Dolph Lundgren is. Here, the “Expendables” star plays a hitman trying quit the profession to concentrate on his duties as a husband and father, but he must fight to stay alive after his cover is blown. Bo Svenson co-stars.

“The Lost Tribe”

Roel Reiné’s horror flick concerns a group of friends and business partners who aid a drowning man, only to learn that he leads them into a jungle filled with danger. Lance Henriksen co-stars as a priest with suspicious motives.

“Mirrors 2: Evil Lives”

Nick Stahl fills in for Kiefer Sutherland as a newbie security guard who must track down the murdered woman who is caught between this world and the next that he can only see in the reflective glass before she starts killing others in this direct-to-video sequel to Alexander Aja’s 2008 horror film. Fox is going the extra step with the sequel’s DVD release, including the original Korean film “In the Mirror” that the series is based upon.

“My Name is Jerry”

“Hellboy” and “Legion” star Doug Jones, who is just popping up everywhere these days, plays a door-to-door salesman who seeks to emerge from his midlife slump with the help of a punk rocker (Allison Scagliotti). Catherine Hicks and “That ’70s Show”‘s Don Stark co-star in Morgan Mead’s comedy.

“Shoot the Hero!”

“Clerks”‘ Jason Mewes and Samantha Lockwood star as a couple who go through a different kind of premarital counseling in this action comedy about a soon-to-be-wed pair who are held hostage during a jewelry heist when they go ring shopping. Danny Trejo and Fred Williamson co-star.

“The Six Wives of Henry Lefay”

Tim Allen is thought to be dead, leaving behind six exes, including Paz Vega, Jenna Elfman, Lindsay Sloane, Kelli Garner, Andie MacDowell and Jenna Dewan, eager to cash in on his will, if only his daughter (Elisha Cuthbert) would let them in the directorial debut of “Mr. 3000” screenwriter Howard Michael Gould.

“Theater of War”

A selection of the Tribeca Film Fest in 2008, John Walter gives audiences a peek inside the Public Theater’s controversial revival of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage” that had its share of big personalities in Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, director George C. Wolfe and playwright Tony Kushner. (An interview with Walter here.)

“Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl”

“Tokyo Gore Police” director and general gore makeup extraordinaire Yoshihiro Nishimura once again presides over madness in this battle over an ex between two women with supernatural powers.

Other indies that played theaters, but you might have missed:

The Rachel Weisz epic “Agora,” the Jesse Eisenberg starrer “Holy Rollers,” the nature doc “Oceans,” the Nicole Holofcener dramedy “Please Give” (Matt Singer’s review here), “Smash His Camera” (Bilge Ebiri’s review here), “The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom” (Lisa Rosman’s review here)

New to Blu-ray:

“The Howling Trilogy,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Ultimate Edition,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Ultimate Edition,” Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” and “William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,” Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal’s “Predators” (Matt Singer’s review is here) “Psycho,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Seven Samurai” (Criterion)

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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