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Starstruck: Movies for Aspiring Rocker Girls

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Starstruck airs on IFC at 11:05 a.m. ET. It is the story of an Australian teen who dreams of becoming a pop sensation. Her cousin is determined to manage her and their adventures in pursuit of super stardom make for light musical comedy fare. Will Jackie become famous? Can she win the talent show and save her parents’ cafe? Will Angus get the girl? Can Jackie handle the pressure? In many ways, these are universal questions that plague every up-and-coming wannabe rock ‘n’ roller. While in olden times people used to look in Virgil or the Bible for answers, we turn to movies.

Here are a few films that should be in every aspiring rockstar’s cinematic playlist:

Down and Out With the Dolls (Dir. Kurt Voss, 2001)

It’s a raunchy, raucous tale of an all-girl punk band from Portland, Ore. The girls are gritty and crass, which makes the movie all the more fun.

Jubilee (Dir. Derek Jarman, 1978)

A cavalcade of punk rock bands including Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Slits, and Adam and the Ants parades across the screen in avant guard queer filmmaker Derek Jarman’s ode to rock. Bonus points because Brian Eno provided the score.

The Runaways (Dir. Floria Sigismondi, 2010)

The fictionalized account of Joan Jett’s and Cherrie Currie’s rise to rock super stardom is, perhaps surprisingly, a great film. In fact, it is on our list of films you have to see before making your 2010 top ten lists.

Girl (Dir. Jonathan Kahn, 1998)

The film version of Blake Nelson’s phenomenal young adult novel “Girl” is the story of an over-achieving high school girl played by Dominique Swain (remember her?) who abandons it all to live the rock ‘n’ roll dream. The film is notable for the incredible supporting cast of rising stars including Selma Blair, Tara Reid, Summer Phoenix and Portia de Rossi Degeneres.

Don’t Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl (Dir. Kerri Koch, 2005)

This documentary chronicles the Riot Grrl movement and features interviews with everyone from Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna to Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker. The interviews combine with live performance footage to document an essential moment for women in music.

The Legend of Billie Jean (Dir. Matthew Robbins, 1985)

Couldn’t find the trailer to this film, but Joan Jett’s video for the theme song gives you the gist of the story. Basically, Helen Slater cuts her hair and ups her punk cred a hundred-fold:

Starstruck airs on IFC at Thursday, Nov. 18 at 11:05 AM ET and Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 9:50 AM EDT


Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.


Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:


The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.


They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!


Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.


Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.



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.