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Movies About Veterans

Movies About Veterans (photo)

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It’s Veterans Day on Thursday, and inspired by the holiday and the men and women it honors, this week’s IFC News podcast turns to films about life after combat. We look at the differences and recurring themes of representations of on-screen veterans from “The Best Years of Our Lives” to “Stop-Loss.”

This week’s keyword game giveaway is the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “The Two Escobars,” which comes out on DVD tomorrow — four winners will each get a new copy. The film, directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, looks at the 1994 World Cup, “Narco-soccer” and the murder of Andrés Escobar — check out a clip below.

Bill Murray in Ghostbusters II

Hopebusters, Too

Ghostbusters II Predicted the World Will End on Valentine’s Day 2016

Catch Ghostbusters II this month on IFC. Provided the world doesn't end, of course.

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Far be it from us to contradict Mr. Bill Murray, but a prediction made in a scene from one of his films is about to be put to the test. If you remember Ghostbusters II, then you know that at the beginning of the film, retired ‘buster Peter Venkman is the host of a chat show called World of the Psychic. According to a guest on the show, the world will end on February 14th, 2016 — this Valentine’s Day.

Now, before you start looting, keep in mind the source of this information is a tad unreliable. Elaine (played by Sid and Nancy star Chloe Webb) sits with Venkman and relates how she received this intel from an alien who may or may not have disguised a UFO to look like a Holiday Inn in Paramus. Let’s just hope she misheard, otherwise there will be some awkward date nights this year.

Check out the grim prognostication in the clip below. Hopefully the world will still be here when Ghostbusters II airs Monday, Feb. 15th and throughout the month on IFC.

Bringing the Podcast to a (Danny) Boyle

Bringing the Podcast to a (Danny) Boyle (photo)

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One of the breakout directors of the ’90s thanks to his still-exuberant, edgy and dark 1996 drug story, Danny Boyle has gone on to an intriguing career of bringing his visually kinetic style to genres as varied as horror, sci-fi, romantic comedy and now semi-experimental tales of survival. On this week’s IFC News podcast, we look at Boyle’s career, from the Hitchcockian Edinburgh antics of “Shallow Grave” to the sensory overload of “127 Hours.”

This week’s keyword game giveaway is a DVD of “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” and a Blu-ray of “The Killer Inside Me.”

Performing an Autopsy on the Corpus of Torture Porn

Performing an Autopsy on the Corpus of Torture Porn (photo)

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With “Saw 3D” being promised as the last in the series, are we finally seeing an end to the horror subgenre that was torture porn? This week on the IFC News podcast, we talk about the loose definitions of torture porn, whether “enjoyment” is the right word to describe the experience of watching such extreme imagery and where horror seems to be heading next.

This week’s keyword game giveaway is a DVD of Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorrah.”

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