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2010 Holiday Movie Guide – Screenings

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

The 2010 IFC Holiday Film Guide

Although the holiday season means time off work for most other industries in the U.S., it means it’s awards season for the film business, which in turn necessitates plenty of tributes and accolades to be presented on the East and West Coasts at your local repertory theater in advance of the Oscars where movie stars can be seen and Q & As are conducted. Yet in New York and Los Angeles, there will be a wealth of other options as neighborhood theaters flood their screens with contemporary cinema from other parts of the world, classic movies in their full bigscreen glory, and certain-to-be-fun nods to the holidays, whether it’s Halloween or Christmas. If you live in one of these areas or see fit to travel, these are the events worth the trouble over the next few months.

by Stephen Saito

From coast to coast, these are the one-night only events, career retrospectives and films that can only truly be appreciated on the big screen worthy of celebrations unto themselves this holiday season.



Screenings in Los Angeles

Donnie Darko, Newmarket Films, 2001

“Donnie Darko,” Newmarket Films, 2001

The Aero Theatre

For perhaps the most surreal experience you will find in this season’s holiday preview, one should head over to the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on October 27th for a screening of “Donnie Darko” where writer/director Richard Kelly will be doing a live commentary for an audience sitting in the very same place Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone and Frank the Bunny sat nearly a decade ago. It is only midway through a super cool week at the theater that will see animator Bill Plympton present his latest “Idiots and Angels” (Oct. 28), a pre-Halloween screening of 1980’s horror flick “The Changeling” (Oct. 29, with director Peter Medak in person), the 5th Annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon (Oct. 30) and “The Monster Squad” on Halloween night.

The Aero will also get in the thick of this year’s Oscar race with in-person tributes to Robert Duvall (Oct. 26, with a double feature of “Get Low” and “Tomorrow”), Mark Ruffalo (Nov. 5, with “The Kids Are All Right” and his still-undistributed directorial debut “Sympathy for Delicious”), Pierce Brosnan (Nov. 20, with “The Ghost Writer” and “The Matador”) and a special screening of “The Social Network” with Aaron Sorkin, among others to be announced on November 21st. They will also honor the late, great Arthur Penn on November 19th with two of his lesser seen films “Mickey One” and “Night Moves,” and Sid & Marty Kroft with a screening of “Pufnstuf” (Nov. 20), followed by a discussion with “Attack of the Show”‘s Olivia Munn.

However, the Aero will also be the place for L.A. premieres in November, including Edward Burns’ “Nice Guy Johnny” (Nov. 2nd, with the actor in person), the Malcolm McDowell thriller “Pound of Flesh” (Nov. 6th, where McDowell will appear in person with Timothy Bottoms and director Tamar Hoffs), “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story” (Nov. 7, with the documentary’s crew in person), Henry Jaglom’s “Queen of the Lot” (Nov. 15, with Jaglom in person), the Belgian thriller “Illegal” (Nov. 17), and Soviet-era doc “The Desert of Forbidden Art” (Nov. 18). But the bulk of premieres will be reserved for the Aero’s two major series from abroad this holiday season: New German Cinema, which starts this week with Sönke Wortmann’s “Pope Joan,” starring John Goodman and David Wenham (Oct. 22), as well as Germany’s Oscar submission “When We Leave,” “The Woman With 5 Elephants” and “Vincent Wants to Sea” (Oct. 24); and the survey of contemporary Italian film that is Cinema Italian Style (Nov. 10-14) that includes the U.S. premieres of “The Pursuit of Happyness” director Gabriele Muccino’s “Kiss Me Again,” Daniele Luchetti’s “Our Life,” John Turturro’s “Passion” and more.

There will also be many opportunities to revisit the classics, including some that have been revisited from their original form, such as a special screening of Gillo Pontecorvo’s “Burn!” (Nov. 4, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski) in its original uncut European form. Other repertory highlights include “Singin’ in the Rain” (Nov. 26), “It Happened One Night” and “My Man Godfrey” (Nov. 27) and “The Wizard of Oz” (Nov. 28), followed by “Return to Oz” with a Q & A to follow between “A History of Violence” screenwriter Josh Olson and director and sound designing legend Walter Murch.

The Cinefamily

The Fairfax theater is wasting no time with interesting programming, bringing “The Room”‘s Tommy Wiseau to headline “The Diabolical Dr. Cinefamily’s Horrifying Anthology Of Horror Anthologies” this Friday, October 22nd with his short “The House That Dripped Blood on Alex.” It’s only the start of the mischief the Cinefamily will up to during the lead up to Halloween where they will present a double bill of Doris Wishman’s “A Night to Dismember” and 1988’s “Don’t Panic” (Oct. 23), a Comedy Death-Ray screening of “The Blob” remake (with Brian Posehn, Oct. 25), Doug Benson’s Movie Interruptions screening of the killer ape flick “Link” (Oct. 27), Cinefamily’s 100 Most Outrageous Kills (Oct. 29), a Heavy Metal Halloween Party & Fundraiser (Oct. 30), and a double feature of William Castle’s “House on Haunted Hill” and “The Tingler” on Halloween night. (And they’re sparing no expense – the seats will be wired as Mr. Castle always wanted.)

November brings special guests to Cinefamily, chief among them animator Bill Plympton with a collection of shorts on November 1st, Helen Slater with “The Legend of Billy Jean” (Nov. 6), a rare screening of Radley Metzger’s uncut erotic drama “Score” (Nov. 7, with the director and actress Lynn Lowry in person), and a sneak preview of the Jim Carrey comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris” (Nov. 28) with writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa in person. The rest of the month will be dominated by the Friday series Neon Noir, a run of double bills of ’80s suspense films like “The Driver” and “Thief” (Nov. 5), “American Gigolo” and “Breathless” (Nov. 12), “52 Pick-Up” and “Body Double” (Nov. 19), as well as screenings of William Eggleston’s “Stranded in Canton” (Nov. 2), the 1920 silent “The Devil’s Claim” (Nov. 3), an evening of Roman Polanski shorts (Nov. 9, with live musical accompaniment from Sza/Za), the L.A. premiere of Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s children’s war film “Johnny Mad Dog” (Nov. 13), puppeteer and artist Wayne White’s one-man show “You’re Supposed to All Act Impressed” (Nov. 16), the restored “Metropolis” (Nov. 17), the doc “The Invention of Dr. Nakamats” (Nov. 18), and the two-day “Destroy All Movies” punk film fest hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse’s Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly on November 20th and 21st. The Cinefamily will also hold screenings of Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist” (Dec. 7), Josh Fox’s doc “Gasland” (Dec. 9) and in an event sure to sell out soon, the “Party Down” Memorial Service with co-creators John Enborn and Dan Etheridge in person to mourn the much beloved Hollywood catering comedy that was canceled by Starz earlier this year.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…