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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“And Soon the Darkness”
Directed by Marcus Efron
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

A remake of the 1970 British thriller of the same name, director Marcos Efron transplants the story from France to Argentina where two friends’ bike ride across the mountains takes a turn for the disastrous when one mysteriously disappears. “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” star Amber Heard and “The Unborn”‘s Odette Yustman bring their collected screaming ability to this horror film. Karl Urban and “Babel”‘s Adrianna Barraza co-star.

“The American”
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Released by Universal Home Video

Ahh, Focus might’ve suckered unsuspecting moviegoers at the multiplex with an amped-up action ad campaign for this elegaic account of the last assignment of a hit man (George Clooney) – “The American” scored an impressive D- from Cinemascore as it became the number one film at the box office for a week – yet it’s bound to find a greater appreciation by true cinephiles as the years wear on for “Control” director Anton Corbijn’s relatively quiet little film. (Alison Willmore’s review of the film is here.)

“Boiler Maker”
Directed by Paul T. Murray
Released by Hannover House

John Savage stars in this thriller where an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is invaded by two bank robbers who take the group hostage.

“The Boy Next Door”
Directed by Neill Fearnley
Released by Millenium Entertainment

“Glee” star Cory Monteith stars as the shadowy neighbor who inspires a novel for a mystery writer (Dina Meyer), but when he dies unexpectedly, she must use her insight into the mind of a killer to defend herself from charges she was responsible for his murder.

“Cyborg Conquest”
Directed by Leigh Scott
Released by Millenium Media Services

Stacey Dash accidentally leads a group of bank-robbing biker girls into an android bar where the robots disguised as humans kidnap them and plot a takeover of earth in this sci-fi flick costarring Paul LeMat.

12192010_DyingGod.jpg“Dying God”
Directed by Jean Depelley
Released by Green Apple

How do you chase a serial killer that may or may not be human? “Flags of Our Fathers” star James Horan finds out in this sci-fi tinged thriller about a cop who must conquer his own problems before solving a series of murders, though he has the help of a local pimp (Lance Henriksen).

“The Films of Helma Sanders-Brahms”
Released by Facets Multimedia

Facets is releasing this six-pack of films from the German multihyphenate spanning 1974 to 1997, including the dramas “Earthquake in Chile,” “Germany, Pale Mother,” “The Future of Emily,” “My Heart is Mine Alone,” “No Mercy, No Future,” and “Under the Pavement Lies the Strand.”

“Germany in Autumn”
Directed by Alexander Kluge
Released by Facets Multimedia

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is just one of the 11 filmmakers who were involved in this film from Alexander Kluge that is a mix of fact and fiction surrounding the death of businessman and public official Hanns Martin Schleyer who was kidnapped and killed at the hands of the Baader-Meinhof group.

“Handsome Harry”
Directed by Bette Gordon
Released by Screen Media Films

“Variety” director Gordon returns from an 11-year hiatus to helm this drama starring Sheridan as a Vietnam vet who is called upon by one of his war buddies (Steve Buscemi) from his deathbed to help absolve him of the betrayal of their brother-in-arms (Campbell Scott) by reaching out to the fellow members of their crew.

“The Haunting of Amelia”
Directed by A.D. Calvo
Released by MTI Home Video

Originally called “The Other Side of the Tracks,” A.D. Calvo’s drama follows “Roswell” star Brendan Fehr as a man who has trouble letting go of the death of his girlfriend after she was killed by a train a decade earlier. Sam Robards and Tania Raymonde co-star.

12192010_IdrisElbaLegacy.jpg“Legacy”
Directed by Thomas Ikimi
Released by Code Black Entertainment

In this 2010 Tribeca Film Fest selection, “The Wire”‘s Idris Elba stars as a former member of an elite Black Ops team whose last job leaves him haunted as he sets up in a Brooklyn apartment where he seeks to unravel a government conspiracy.

“Legendary”
Directed by Mel Damski
Released by Vivendi Entertainment

WWE superstar John Cena gets a more prestigious supporting cast than usual with Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover starring alongside him in this story of a teen struggling through high school and the death of his father when he hopes to reconnect with his older brother (Cena) by training to join the wrestling team.

“Legendary Assassin”
Directed by Chung Chi Li
Released by Lionsgate

Courtesy of Lionsgate, this 2008 Hong Kong action flick is finally getting a U.S. release, starring Wu Jing as the titular assassin who is marooned on a desert island with a police officer (Celina Jade) where the two strike up an unusual friendship that serves them well when the murder of a mob boss unleashes a bevy of trouble for them both.

“Made in Romania”
Directed by Guy J. Louthan
Released by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

Jennifer Tilly, Elizabeth Hurley and Jason Flemyng play versions of themselves in this mockumnetary that documents the making of Tilly’s “dream project,” a Victorian drama called “The Tides of Reason” that is quickly beset by a bipolar director, disastrous auditions and all sorts of other on-set shenanigans.

“Menschenfrauen”
Directed by Valie Export
Released by Facets Multimedia

German helmer Valie Export’s drama follows a journalist and his relationships to the four women in his life.

12192010_Merantau.jpg“Merantau”
Directed by Gareth Evans
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

A Fantastic Fest favorite back in 2009, Gareth Evans helms this Indonesian martial arts flick starring Iko Uwais as a man from a small town who moves to the big city and finds himself defending a woman from the danger of a sex trafficking ring.

“Resident Evil: Afterlife”
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Paul W.S. Anderson returned to the zombie franchise he helped to create in order to play around with the same 3D cameras used for “Avatar” for the fourth installment of “Resident Evil.” Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice, the security operative who presses forward in her fight against the Umbrella Corporation and leads a group of fellow survivors Ali Larter and Boris Kodjoe to safety.

“Spin”
Directed by Henry Pincus
Released by Blowtorch Entertainment

Bijou Phillips, Katie Cassidy, Lauren German, Amber Heard and Michael Biehn try to remember what happened the night before at the clubs in Henry Pincus’ ensemble drama originally called “You Are Here” from 2007.

“Twelve”
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Released by Hannover House

Despite one of the worst receptions in recent memory at Sundance — James Rocchi, writing for IFC.com, called it “unquestionably the funniest film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival; if only it had been made with that intention” — the latest from “Batman and Robin” director Schumacher got one of the festival’s richest deals from startup Hannover House for this adaptation of Nick McDonell’s novel about a 17-year-old drug dealer named White Mike (Chace Crawford), whose spring break of selling pot to privileged prep schoolers is interrupted by the murder of his cousin, allegedly at the hands of his best friend. Emma Roberts, Emily Meade, Rory Culkin and Zoe Kravitz play the rich kids in White Mike’s orbit as a new drug called “Twelve” hits the streets.

[Additional photos: “Dying God,” Green Apple Entertainment, 2010; “Legacy,” Code Black Entertainment, 2010; “Merantau,” Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2010]

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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.

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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.
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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.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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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.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

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.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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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.

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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.

Booger

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.

Ogre

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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