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.

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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.


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.
Die Hard wedding

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.
Die Hard restroom

Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
Die Hard dance

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.
Die Hard thank you

Valentine’s Day

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


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.
Die Hard thank you

Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
Die Hard errands

Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
Die Hard office

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.


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.


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.


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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