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Movies About Veterans

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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.

Carol Cate Blanchett

Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Bringing the Podcast to a (Danny) Boyle

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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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