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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.)



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.