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2010 Holiday Movie Guide – Online and VOD

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The 2010 Holiday Movie Guide. What's showing when, where and how.

The 2010 IFC Holiday Film Guide

While it could be the weather or the crowds that might dissuade people from heading to the theaters this holiday season, a handful of distributors are providing plenty of reasons to stay in with plenty of films available at just the touch of a button. IFC and Magnolia continue to bring the arthouse to your house with hot festival favorites such as Lena Dunham’s comedy “Tiny Furniture” and the Kerry Washington-Anthony Mackie drama “Night Catches Us” arriving on demand at the same time they hit theaters, while companies like FilmBuff and Gravitas are debuting new films from Edward Burns (“Nice Guy Johnny”) and Melissa Leo (“One Night”) on an array of platforms to choose from. A complete guide to what’s not at your local multiplex is below.

by Stephen Saito

DVD

ONLINE & VOD

You don’t even need to leave your couch to catch some of the latest releases, made available though your TV, computer or other digital devices. A complete overview is below.

Online and on demand for the holidays

Kerry Bishe and Matt Bush in Nice Guy Johnny, Cinetic FilmBuff, 2010

Kerry Bishé and Matt Bush in “Nice Guy Johnny,” Cinetic FilmBuff, 2010

FilmBuff

Whether it’s his dedication to remaining independent or the easygoing nature he’s always projected through his films, Edward Burns has become an unlikely pioneer for writer/directors who bypass theaters to bring their films directly to the audiences where they live. After making his last comedy “Purple Violets” the first to debut on iTunes, Burns is going digital once again for “Nice Guy Johnny,” a romantic comedy which involves a young deejay (Matt Bush) who is about give in to his fiancée’s demand to get a serious job when he meets a free spirit (Kerry Bishé) who might change his mind. A premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the film will find an audience first on cable VOD and iTunes on October 26th before rolling out on other digital platforms on November 2nd.

Following its one-night event in theaters on October 21st, Cinetic FilmBuff will also invite audiences to watch the election night doc “11/4/08” from the comfort of home, debuting on iTunes, PlayStation, Amazon VOD and other broadband platforms starting October 22nd. A month later, Banksy’s “street art disaster” doc “Exit Through the Gift Shop” forges its way to cable VOD and iTunes before hitting DVD and other digital platforms. Finally, the Outfest hit “My Normal,” which centers on a young New Yorker (Nicole LaLiberte) caught between her desire to become a proper filmmaker and her day job as a dominatrix on the Lower East Side, will arrive on cable VOD, iTunes, and Amazon VOD the same day it will land on DVD on December 7th.

Gravitas Ventures

To accompany a newly redesigned Web site, Gravitas Ventures is offering over 80 films new to VOD between now and New Year’s, even making room for holiday fare like “ThanksKilling” (now available – take that, Eli Roth!). In fact, there is a strain of dark humor in a few of Gravitas’ November titles including the VOD premiere of the Heather Graham comedy “ExTerminators” (Nov. 2), which co-stars Jennifer Coolidge and Amber Heard as a trio of women who turn their anger issues with men into a profitable business, the Screamfest-winning undead comedy “Aaah! Zombies!” (Nov. 1) and the manga adaptation “Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge” (Nov. 15). More serious fare comes in the form of recent films from veteran filmmakers Henry Jaglom (“Irene in Time,” Nov. 15) and Frederick Wiseman (“La Danse,” Nov. 15) and celebrated documentaries like the Oscar-nominated “Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” (Nov. 5) and Doug Pray’s advertising history “Art & Copy” (Nov. 1). Also newly available are the coming-of-age drama “Dakota Skye” (Nov. 1) and the Bollywood hit “Kaminey” (Nov. 1).

In December, there will be a pair of films for the tweens in your house — the musical “Standing Ovation” (Dec. 1) and the Lucas Grabeel-starring “High School Superhero” (Dec. 15) — but there is also plenty for the adults. Gravitas will enter the recent education doc fray with “The Cartel” (Dec. 1), followed by the VOD premiere of the lighter true story of Joe Redner, “Strip Club King” (Dec. 15). On the dramatic side of things, there will be Patrick Stewart’s “MacBeth” (Dec. 1), the Alyssa Milano romantic comedy “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” (Dec. 1), the Bollywood drama “Peepli Live” (Dec. 1), the David Keith smalltown drama “Boys of Summerville” (Dec. 1) and the Melissa Leo-headed ensemble drama “One Night” (Dec. 1)

IFC Films

Although most would agree Olivier Assayas’ much lauded five-and-a-half hour crime epic “Carlos” would be best seen in a theater, IFC Films has made the potentially buttbreaking experience more palatable by offering it on demand, just as it will with many of the titles on their exciting holiday slate including a trio of films already available such as the Dermot Mulroney-Diane Kruger thriller “Inhale,” the late Claude Chabrol’s final mystery “Inspector Bellamy” and the Kristin Scott Thomas drama “Leaving.” Soon those films will be joined in theaters and on demand by Lena Dunham’s breakthrough comedy “Tiny Furniture” (Nov. 17) and Claire Denis’ “White Material” (Nov. 24) and the new IFC Midnight title, “Heartless” (Nov. 19) with “21” star Jim Sturgess.

But as usual, IFC is also offering many VOD premieres of films from around the world that can be seen nowhere else in the States, starting with the French spelunking thriller “Highlane” (Oct. 20) and the Emmanuelle Bercot psychological drama “Student Services” (Oct. 27). The global offerings continue in November where IFC will premiere the odd British romance “The Orgasm Diaries” (Nov. 3, known better to some by its festival title “brilliantlove”) and the thrillers “Beneath the Dark” (Nov. 5) and “Victim” (Nov. 17). Finally in December, IFC Midnight will debut a series of French chillers — Antoine Blossier’s “Prey” (Dec. 3) and the Anne Parillaud thriller “In Their Sleep” (Dec. 3) – to compliment IFC’s Gilles Marchand drama “Black Heaven” (Dec. 10) to close out the year.


Magnolia Pictures

Several of the highlights of Magnolia Pictures’ stellar 2010 are still available through their Ultra VOD platforms including Amazon on Demand and iTunes, including the recent anthology doc “Freakonomics,” the Joaquin Phoenix mock doc “I’m Still Here,”, the Judy Greer-Patrick Wilson comedy “Barry Munday,” and the Neil Marshall action epic “Centurion,” not to mention the recent additions of “Enron” director Alex Gibney’s Eliot Spitzer exposé “Client 9” and the stripped down sci-fier “Monsters.” However, as is their wont, Magnolia will be bringing a trio of films to audiences at home nearly a month before they hit theaters. These debuts include the Black Panther romantic drama “Night Catches Us” (Oct. 29) with Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington, the Ryan Gosling-Kirsten Dunst murder mystery “All Good Things” (Nov. 12) and the Tony Jaa pièce de résistance “Ong Bak 3” (Dec. 3).

SnagFilms

The home of over 1600 documentaries is turning their attention to politics as the midterm elections draw closer, recently debuting a series of 15 films, each dealing with different social issues or politically themed, in what they’ve called their “Midterm Madness Festival.” Between now and November 2nd, SnagFilms will host the online debuts of the award-winning medical marijuana doc “Waiting to Inhale,” Mario Van Peebles’ short “Bring Your ‘A’ Game,” and Robert Yuhas’ “Becoming Barack.” Other films in the series include the ubiquitous “11/4/08,” the election docs “Purple States: 14 Shorts on the 08 General Election and Primaries” and “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”, the high school-set “Prom Night in Mississippi” and “Electoral High School,” the Wikipedia history “Truth in Numbers,” Macky Alston’s “Questioning Faith,”, the agricultural doc “Ripe for Change,” “Move On: The Movie,” and the hot topic docs “Nuclear Tipping Point,” “Operation Homecoming,” and “Tying the Knot.”

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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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