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Hitching a Ride on the “Darjeeling Limited” and More New DVDs

Hitching a Ride on the “Darjeeling Limited” and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“The Darjeeling Limited” (2007)
Directed by Wes Anderson
Released by Criterion Collection

Anderson’s underappreciated trip to India on the backs of three brothers (Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson) who take a train the country to honor their late father gets a reexamination with this Criterion Collection edition that includes a new documentary, an audio commentary from Anderson, Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, audition footage, a video essay from Matt Zoller Seitz, a chichat between Anderson and the late James Ivory about the film’s music and Anderson’s ad for American Express and the short “Hotel Chevalier” with Natalie Portman.

“As Good As Dead” (2010)
Directed by Jonathan Mossek
Released by First Look Entertainment

Andie MacDowell, Frank Whaley and Matt Dallas star as spurned cult members from the South who take a New Yorker (Cary Elwes) hostage years after they believe he’s killed their leader in this thriller. Brian Cox and “Teeth” star Jess Weixler co-star.

“Breaking Upwards” (2010)
Directed by
Released by
Real-life couple Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones work out their issues by co-writing, co-producing and starring in this anti-romantic comedy about a young couple who, fearful of getting too serious too soon, plot out the terms of their break-up while attempting to keep dating for appearances’ sake. (Lisa Rosman’s review of the film is here.)

“Carnies” (2010)
Directed by Brian Corder
Released by R-Squared Films

“Hellboy”‘s contortionist star Doug Jones gets to skip the makeup, CG or otherwise, in this thriller where a 1930s carnival becomes the scene for several murders as sword swallowers and gypsies attempt to find the killer before the killer finds them.

“Coffin Rock” (2009)
Directed by Rupert Glasson
Released by MPI Home Entertainment
This Aussie thriller involves the paternity test from hell as one married woman’s infidelity leads to a pregnancy after years of infertility with her husband, but her one night stand becomes a nightmare when he demands to know if he’s the father.

“Daniel and Ana” (2009)
Directed by Michel Franco
Released by Strand Releasing
A close-knit brother and sister (Dario Yazbek Bernal and Marimar Vega) whose entire relationship changes after they are kidnapped by three hoods and they decide against reporting the crime in this Mexican drama.

“Doghouse” (2009)
Directed by Jake West
Released by MPI Home Video

The only thing worse than getting divorced is when your pals try to take your mind off it by taking you to a village that they think is full of single women, but actually is a hive of cannibals. Director West envisions the possibility in this horror comedy.

10112010_FourBoxes.jpg“Four Boxes” (2009)
Directed by Wyatt McDill
Released by E1 Entertainment

A selection of SXSW and the Seattle Film Festival in 2009, “Weeds” star Justin Kirk leads a group of three liquidators into the home of a dead man where they become fascinated with a Web site comprised of surveillance camera footage that looks innocent enough until they see a bombmaker at work in this darkly comic thriller.

“The Gates” (2008)
Directed by Albert Maysles
Released by Kino Video

Fulfilling a 25-year project that he started with his late brother David, Albert Maysles tracks the development of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s construction of the orange gates that lined Central Park in the spring of 2005.

“How to Train Your Dragon” (2010)
Directed by Dean DuBlois and Chris Sanders
Released by DreamWorks

After being let loose from Disney, “Lilo and Stitch” directors Dean DuBlois and Chris Sanders moved to DreamWorks to create one of the few 3D films of the past year to earn almost universal praise for its coming-of-age story of a young Viking who grows up with his pet dragon as their respective parents fight each other on a daily basis. (The DVD and Blu-ray will be available on Friday, October 15th.)

“I Am Love” (2010)
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment
An heir to Luchino Visconti and Douglas Sirk, Guadagnino spent 10 years working with Tilda Swinton to craft this devastating Italian melodrama about the wife of wealthy textile manufacturer who begins an affair with her son’s friend (Gabbriellini), reawakening her long-dormant passion for life and threatening to destroy the family she has long kept together. (Alison Willmore’s review and Erica Abeel’s interview with Swinton are here.)

“I’ll Come Running” (2008)
Directed by Spencer Parsons
Released by MPI Home Video

Parsons’ light romantic drama features Melonie Diaz as a Texas waitress who must head to Denmark when her one night stand with a vacationing Dane (Jon Lange) results in an unexpected tragedy. (A trailer is here.)

“Jonah Hex” (2010)
Directed by Jimmy Heyward
Released by Warner Brothers

You won’t find a neglected masterpiece here, but perhaps morbid curiosity might lead you to this Josh Brolin adaptation of the DC Comics’ gunslinger who has his mind set on revenge against the terrorist (John Malkovich) who burned a hole in his cheek. Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender and a host of other famous faces can be seen briefly in this 81-minute wonder, which may be partially explained by the deleted scenes included on the disc.

“Leaves of Grass” (2010)
Directed by Tim Blake Nelson
Released by First Look Studios
In a change of pace for “The Grey Zone” director Tim Blake Nelson, Edward Norton pulls double duty as Bill and Brady Kincaid, twin brothers who went in completely opposite directions — Bill is a Brown professor, Brady a low-level pot dealer — who must make amends when one of Brady’s elaborate schemes goes awry and pulls down Bill with him into a world of Shabbat-worshipping drug lords (Richard Dreyfuss), gun-toting orthodontists (Josh Pais) and surly Oklahomans (Steve Earle). (Matt Singer’s review and Alison Willmore’s interview with Norton are here.)

10112010_LostBoysThirst.jpg“Lost Boys: The Thirst” (2010)
Directed by Dario Piana
Released by Warner Brothers

Corey Feldman is back in this second direct-to-video sequel to Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire tale as Edgar Frog, who partners with brother Alan (Jamison Newlander) to prevent a rave from turning into the end of days when a coven of bloodsuckers choose the party as a chance to quench their thirst for blood and turn everyone into vampires.

“The Magician” (1958)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Released by Criterion Collection

Criterion adds to their extensive Bergman holdings with this Max Von Sydow starrer about a mesmerist whose stop in Stockholm is marked by suspicion after gossip about his previous shows elsewhere suggests he may have help from the dark arts. The film’s special features include an essay from Peter Cowie, a rare interview with Bergman from 1967 and an audio-only one conducted in 1990 by “Carlos” director Olivier Assayas and Stig Björkman.

“Manson: My Name is Evil” (2010)
Directed by Reginald Harkema
Released by Lionsgate

In Harkema’s horror flick that premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, there was love to be found amongst the ruins of the Charles Manson murders as one of his followers (Kristen Hager) is on trial for murder and becomes the obsession of one of the jurors (Gregory Smith).

“Spoken Word” (2009)
Directed by Victor Nunez
Released by Maya Entertainment

The return of “Ruby in Paradise” director Nunez stars Kuno Becker as a slam poet on the rise who gives up an exciting life on the West Coast to return home to take care of his ailing father (Rubén Blades) in New Mexico where he has to come to terms with the past he thought ht had left behind for good.

“S&Man” (2006)
Directed by JT Petty
Released by Magnet Releasing

It’s hard to believe that Petty’s 2008 sophomore feature “The Burrowers” arrived on DVD before the 2006 documentary that originally got the director all the attention, focusing on the world of fetish and fake snuff films and their connection to modern horror films.

“White on Rice” (2010)
Directed by Dave Boyle
Released by Indieblitz Releasing

Boyle’s film puts a new twist on the arrested development comedy, setting its tale of a lovable loser in a Japanese American family struggling to deal with the arrival of 40-year-old manchild Jimmy, fresh from Tokyo and freshly divorced.

Appearing on Blu-ray for the first time: Franco Zeffirelli’s “Callas Forever,” “The Hangover: Extreme Edition,” “Sex & Lucia,” “Three Kings”

[Additional photos: “Four Boxes,” E1 Entertainment, 2009; “The Lost Boys: The Thirst,” Warner Bros., 2010]



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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Photo Credit: Everett Digital, Columbia Pictures

We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.