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2010 Holiday Movie Guide – Theaters

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

The 2010 IFC Holiday Film Guide

Good things come to those who wait and for those who feel as though they’ve suffered through a year of largely uninspired films up to now will likely breathe a sigh of relief at the sound of names like Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola and Peter Weir. ‘Tis the season for Jim Carrey to take a pay cut to star in a gay romance like “I Love You Phillip Morris” or Javier Bardem is whispering sweet nothings to spirits in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu’s “Biutiful” rather than Julia Roberts.

There is the naughty — Kristen Stewart stripping in “Welcome to the Rileys,” the would-be terrorists of the Brit comedy “Four Lions,” or the evil Santa in “Rare Exports” — and the nice — the tap-dancing lovers in “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” the glory of James Franco’s daredevil surviving “127 Hours” and Colin Firth’s verbally-challenged royal conquering his stutter in “The King’s Speech.” Needless to say, there’s a little bit of something for everyone this holiday season and we’ve got the complete guide to the gifts waiting to be unwrapped at your local theater after the wrapping paper at home has hit the floor.

by Stephen Saito

Week by week, a guide to the festival faves, genre gems, foreign films and documentaries that offer a welcome alternative to what’s at your local multiplex.

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

In theaters the week ending October 23

A scene of Grant Park in 11/4/08, Alex Sherman, 2008

A scene of Grant Park in “11/4/08,” Alex Sherman, 2008

“11/4/08”

(IMDb, trailer, Facebook, screening schedule)

DIRECTOR: Jeff Deutchman
FEST CRED: SXSW, Sarasota, Traverse City, Indianapolis
THE GIST: In anticipation of this fall’s midterm elections, it is only fitting that this “participatory documentary” that was culled together from the footage of amateurs and professional filmmakers from across America and around the world (including “Catfish” co-director Henry Joost and “The Order of Myths”‘ Margaret Brown) over the course of the day Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 will hit theaters in a one-night event on October 20th before being made available on demand two days later. As I wrote during its premiere at SXSW last spring, it’s a crowdsourced depiction of election day that “deals in emotions as opposed to narrative, and in the idea that moviemaking can be a social collective rather than an exercise in the auteur theory.”

“Bear City”

(IMDb, trailer, Facebook, screening schedule)

THE CAST: Joe Conti, Stephen Guarino, Brian Keane, Gregory Gunter, Sebastian Le Cause, Alex Di Dio, James Martinez
DIRECTOR: Douglas Langway
FEST CRED: Outfest, Frameline, Oslo, Q-Fest, Newfest
THE GIST: For a comedic history of the gay male fetish towards the large and hirsuite, see Malcolm Ingram’s doc “Bear Nation.” But for a comedy about the bears, look no further than Langway’s film about a weeklong convention of bears in New York where a thin, young and largely hairless man looks for love among a community where he’s not an easy fit.

“Boxing Gym”

(IMDb, trailer)

DIRECTOR: Frederick Wiseman
FEST CRED: Cannes, Toronto, New York
THE GIST: New Yorkers have had a year-long exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art to enjoy the 36-film career of venerable documentarian Wiseman who shows no signs of stopping with his latest, a peek inside Lord’s Boxing Gym in Austin, Tex. as an eclectic group of pugilists, including lawyers, doctors and grad students of varying age, race and class, train. And New Yorkers should be aware that the night before “Boxing Gym” starts its run at the IFC Center on October 21st, the legendary director will be onhand to present a special screening of the Marx brothers’ “Duck Soup,” of all things.

“Inhale”

(IMDb, trailer)

THE CAST: Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger, Sam Shepard, Vincent Perez, Rosanna Arquette, Jordi Molla
DIRECTOR: Baltasar Kormákur
FEST CRED: Woodstock, Hamptons
THE GIST: Bursting out of Iceland with respected romances “101 Reykjavík” and “The Sea” at the turn of the century, Kormákur’s English-language debut, the little seen Julia Stiles-Jeremy Renner drama “A Little Trip to Heaven,” slowed down the director slightly and led to a return to his home country and the much-awarded 2006 thriller “Jar City.” Now, he’s back in the States with this thriller about a district attorney (Mulroney) and his wife (Kruger) who are forced to come to terms with their ethics when faced with finding a lung donor for their young daughter and discovering the most viable solution may be turning to a surgeon who performs illegal transplants in Mexico.

“Kalamity”

(IMDb, trailer, Facebook, Twitter)

THE CAST: Jonathan Jackson, Beau Garrett, Nick Stahl, Alona Tai, Robert Forster
WRITER/DIRECTOR: James M. Hausler
THE GIST: Boy, Nick Stahl gets himself into some sticky situations, as he will later on this winter in “Meskada,” but first in this thriller where he stars as Billy, who returns home after suffering a bad breakup and hopes to take comfort with close friends from the past. Unfortunately for him, his best bud Stanley (Jackson) has demonstrated increasingly erratic behavior as he becomes obsessed with a local girl who turns up missing, leading Billy to put his friend’s troubles before his own as things dangerously spiral out of control.

“Knucklehead”

(IMDb, trailer, Facebook, screening schedule)

THE CAST: Paul “Big Show” Wight, Dennis Farina, Melora Hardin, Mark Feuerstein, Will Patton, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Rebecca Creskoff
DIRECTOR: Michael W. Watkins
THE GIST: Like so many WWE live events, this comedy starring the wrestler Big Show will be but a two-night event in Peoria, Miami, Bloomington (MN), Southlake (TX), and New York and Los Angeles on October 23rd and 24th, but like the John Cena drama “Legendary” earlier this year, it marks a step away from the action films that defined WWE’s early years in the film business. Here, the Big Show plays a dim bulb orphan named Walter who is coaxed into competing in a mixed martial arts event by a conman (Feuerstein) who promises him that the money will go to saving his orphanage, though fortunately a nun (“The Office”‘s Hardin) is onhand as Walter’s chaperone to keep things on the up and up.

“Punching the Clown”

(IMDb, trailer, Facebook)

THE CAST: Henry Phillips, Ellen Ratner, Matthew Walker, Audrey Siegel, Derek Waters, Guilford Adams
DIRECTOR: Gregori Viens
FEST CRED: Slamdance, Sonoma, Vancouver, Austin
THE GIST: The winner of the audience award at last year’s Slamdance Film Festival, Viens’ second feature was inspired by a documentary he made in 1997 about the real-life musician Henry Phillips and has the troubadour, known for his bitingly satiric lyrics, play himself as he hits a career crossroads and winds up in Los Angeles where he lands a record deal, but also finds a girl he’s interested in and a brother he’d like to be closer with, leaving him with some hard decisions to make. The film will open at New York’s Quad Cinema.

“Rising Stars”

(IMDb, trailer, Facebook)

THE CAST: Kyle Riabko, Lauren Ashley Carter, Fisher Stevens, Barry Corbin, Rebecca St. James, Jessie Payo
DIRECTOR: Daniel Millican
THE GIST: It’s a good old fashioned battle of the bands in this high school-set comedy about a competition between three film students who team up with three musical acts to create the best music video. (The film will open in limited release in Tulsa, Nashville and Grand Rapids.)

“The Taqwacores”

(IMDb, Facebook, Twitter, trailer)

THE CAST: Noureen DeWulf, Dominic Rains, Rasika Mathur, Tony Yalda, Anne Marie Leighton
DIRECTOR: Eyad Zahra
FEST CRED: Sundance, SXSW, London
THE GIST: Said to be a “‘Catcher in the Rye’ for young Muslims,” Michael Muhammad Knight’s novel about the Islamic punk rock scene already inspired the Omar Majeed documentary “Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam,” and now serves as the basis for Zahra’s feature debut about a Pakistani college student (Rains) who falls in with a group of Koran-reading punk rockers in Buffalo.

“Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives”

(IMDb, trailer, Facebook, Twitter)

THE CAST: Krystal Summers, Erica Andrews, Jenna Skyy, Kelexis Davenport, Willam Belli
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Israel Luna
FEST CRED: Tribeca, Seattle, QFest, aGLIFF
THE GIST: The film GLAAD doesn’t want you to see! Which would’ve probably been the tagline for this exploitation flick had it come out during the era it parodies and was in fact the headline last spring when the gay and lesbian organization tried to have it pulled during this year’s Tribeca Film Festival for its premise of a group of transgenders who are savagely beaten and return from the brink of death to take vengeance on their attackers. The film’s cast and crew disagreed and one suspects its intended audience will side with them by enjoying the campy nature of this bloody revenge comedy.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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