Heather Graham Sends Out the “ExTerminators,” “The Goonies” Return and More New DVDs

Heather Graham Sends Out the “ExTerminators,” “The Goonies” Return and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“ExTerminators” (2010)
Directed by John Inwood
Released by Image Entertainment

Also appearing on VOD, Heather Graham, Amber Heard and Jennifer Coolidge team up to launch a service that will permanently wipe away your exes from your address book (and life) under the cover of Coolidge’s bug extermination business in this comedy from cinematographer-turned-director John Inwood.

“Bad Ass” (2009)
Directed by Adamo Cultraro
Released by Well Go USA

A hitman (Tom Sizemore) has a change of heart when his latest job leaves the nurse of an aging mob boss as the prime suspect in Adamo Cultraro’s feature debut. Frank Stallone co-stars.

“Centurion” (2010)
Directed by Neil Marshall
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

Following “Doomsday,” Marshall returns to Hadrian’s Wall in England for the story of surviving group of Roman soldiers in 117 A.D., including Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Liam Cunningham among their ranks, who defend themselves against the rebellious Scottish tribe, the Picts, led by Bond girl Olga Kurylenko. During the film’s premiere at SXSW, Alison Willmore wrote in her review that the action flick “doesn’t really aim to be anything more than a loping B-movie, but still comes up hollow.”

“Come Hell or High Water”
Directed by Wayne Shipley
Released by North American Picture Company

Writer/director Wayne Shipley’s western (also known as “One-Eyed Horse”) is a revenge tale that pits a recently released Confederate prisoner of war (Mark Redfield) against the man who tortured him and killed his brother during the Civil War.

“Deadfall Trail” (2010)
Directed by Roze
Released by Midnight Releasing

From a filmmaker who only goes by the name of Roze, this horror film takes place in the Arizona desert where three men’s peyote vision quest goes totally awry.

11022010_TheGoonies.jpg“The Goonies” (1985)
Directed by Richard Donner
Released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

If it’s the holiday season and the 25th anniversary of Richard Donner’s ’80s adventure classics, that must mean it’s time for a boxed set that is short on additions to the exitsing Blu-ray of “The Goonies,” but includes a host of physical goodies to accompany the film, including a board game, reprinted articles from 1985 and 2009 detailing the production, and storyboards, among other collectibles.

“The Hungry Ghosts” (2010)
Directed by Michael Imperioli
Released by Virgil Films and Entertainment

Current “Detroit 187” star Imperioli recruited his “Sopranos” co-star Steve Schirripa for his feature directorial debut, a New York-set drama following the lives of two troubled couples — one trying to work out the differences in their relationship while the other pair of exes reunite to keep their teenage son on the straight and narrow.

“In Therapy” (2009)
Directed by Jose Alvarenga Jr.
Released by Maya Entertainment

Brazilian director Jose Alvarenga Jr.’s often amusing character study follows the 40-ish Mercedes as she confides in her therapist about her unhappy marriage, her two sons and the loss of her mother.

“I Am” (2010)
Directed by John Ward
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

John Ward’s religious drama is said to play out like “Crash” for Christians, following a group of strangers around Los Angeles as they try to live by the Ten Commandments.

“Love & Distrust”
Released by Phase 4 Films

Don’t let the impressive collection of names on the box cover fool you, but Phase 4 Films has done well to package this collection of shorts as an anthology film to capitalize on some of the most popular actors of the day, including Eric Kmetz’s 2006 tragic romance “Grasshopper” featuring James Franco and Rachel Miner as an unlikely pair who bond over a lost cell phone, Darcy Yuille’s 2004 drama “Blue Poles,” featuring a young Sam Worthington in the story of a woman with a split personality, Warner Loughlin and Diana Valentine’s 2006 thriller “Pennies” featuring Amy Adams as a waitress who races against the clock to save her daughter, Daisy Gili’s 2008 “The Summer House,” which stars Robert Pattinson as the aggrieved boyfriend of a woman (Talulah Riley) who has moved to France for the summer. (trailer)

“Menage a Trois” (1997)
Directed by Richard Zelniker
Released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment

Back when “Charlie St. Cloud” director Burr Steers was an actor, he was part of this threesome in the festival hit originally titled “Fix,” where he starred as a man who brings his girlfriend (Lisa Collins) to meet his brother in Los Angeles and realizes it might not have been the best idea when romantic entanglements develop.

11022010_OnceFallen1.jpg“Once Fallen” (2010)
Directed by Ash Adams
Released by First Look Studios

Actor-turned-director Ash Adams assembled quite the cast for this semi-autobiographical drama about the son (Brian Presley) of a lifer (Ed Harris) who recently was released from prison himself and tries to walk a straight line, though the debts of his family and friends on the outside won’t let him. Peter Weller, Amy Madigan and Taraji P. Henson co-star.

“Please Remove Your Shoes” (2010)
Directed by Rob DelGuadio
Released by Boston Aviation Services, Inc./Black Pearl Productions

DelGuadio takes a look at the Transportation Security Administration in this documentary that features interviews with air marshals, former FAA agents and legislators to examine whether safety procedures have actually prevented a terrorist attack in the years since 9/11.

“Regeneration” (1997)
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon
Released by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

“Hideous Kinky” director Mackinnon’s World War I-set drama about a squadron of soldiers, led by Jonathan Pryce and Jonny Lee Miller, who face their demons when they’re sent to an asylum.

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead”
Directed by Jordan Galland
Released by Indican

Don’t worry, Tom Stoppard isn’t writing zombie movies yet, but musician-turned-filmmaker Galland uses “Hamlet” as a jumping off point for the story of an off-Broadway director who hopes to win back his ex (Devon Aoki) with a vampire-filled take on Shakespeare’s classic. When life begins to imitate art and people involved in the production start to die, two detectives (Jeremy Sisto and Lou Carbonneau) are called in to investigate.

“The Sound of Music” (1965)
Directed by Robert Wise
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

For its 45th anniversary, the Oscar-winning musical is said to have undergone a “meticulous” restoration and remastering for its debut on Blu-ray, which will include many of the special features from the previous DVD editions and new features, including screen tests, audio commentaries by stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, virtual backlot tour and more.

“Toy Story 3” (2010)
Directed by Lee Unkrich
Released by Disney/Pixar

After fans had to wait over a decade for the third installment of the adventures of Buzz and Woody, they won’t wait so long for the DVD and Blu-ray of the film with picture-in-picture commentaries by the film’s animators, a plethora of making-of documentaries, and perhaps most exciting to any Pixar fan, the “Day and Night” short that preceded “Toy Story 3” in theaters.

“The Visitor” (1980)
Directed by Michael J. Paradise
Released by Code Red

John Huston, Sam Peckinpah, Mel Ferrer and Shelley Winters star in this lunatic Italian exploitation flick about a young girl with a knack for telekinesis who gets pulled into the the Devil. Franco Nero plays Jesus, so how bad could it be, right?

“The Way We Get By” (2010)
Directed by Aron Gaudet
Released by Virgil Films and Entertainment

A special edition of Aron Gaudet’s SXSW Special Jury Prize-winning doc about a trio of senior citizens who spend their lives greeting the troops as they arrive back in the U.S. from fighting in Iraq.

“Winnebago Man” (2010)
Directed by Ben Steinbauer
Released by Kino

It would’ve been easy for Steinbauer to simply loop the legendary outtakes of profane Winnebago salesman Jack Rebney’s misbegotten sales video, which became a viral sensation long after it was made in 1988, and asked audiences to line up to see it. (They would’ve; the film points out Ben Affleck and Spike Jonze as famous fans.) Instead, Steinbauer tracks down Rebney nearly 20 years later and offers up a complex portrait of the former RV salesman as the personal embarrassment of the infamous tape begins to subside and Rebney starts to accept his unusual celebrity. (Matt Singer’s review of the film and my interview with Steinbauer are here.)

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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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