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Wesley Snipes Plays the “Game of Death” and More New DVDs

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“Game of Death” (2011)
Directed by Giorgio Serafini
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Quite possibly Wesley Snipes’ last film for a long, long time, this action flick features the “Passenger 57” star as a CIA agent who is betrayed by his employer after he’s deployed to take out an arms dealer in Detroit. “Grindhouse” star Zoe Bell is onhand to provide backup.

“Celestial Films: Lady Hermit” (1971)
Directed by Meng Hua Ho
Released by Funimation

An aspiring female kung fu warrior searches for an elusive master who turns out to pretend to be a servant in this Shaw Brothers produced action flick.

“Daylight Robbery” (2008)
Directed by Paris Leonti
Released by Well Go USA

Paris Leonti’s heist flick involves a group of misfits who plot to rob the London Exchange of the loot in their underground vault.

“Disconnect” (2011)
Directed by Robin Christian
Released by Osiris Entertainment

Think of Robin Christian’s thriller as a gender-switching “Frequency” where a college student is able to connect with her dead mother on the phone and attempts to use it to warn her of her impending death at the hands of another.

“Gangland” (2008)
Directed by Crew Hamilton
Released by Indican

After a well-to-do couple enters the bad part of town and only one leaves, a man takes the law into his own hands to clean up the streets of Los Angeles from the rival gangs that have taken control in this thriller.

02142011_Glorious39.jpg“Glorious 39” (2009)
Directed by Stephen Poliakoff
Released by Entertainment One

Stephen Poliakoff’s drama features an all-star cast including Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, Juno Temple and Eddie Redmayne as the Keyes family, a distinguish English family that sees their way of life unravel on the eve of World War II.

“A Kiss of Chaos” (2009)
Directed by Ricardo Sean Thompson
Released by Maya Entertainment

This thriller, co-starring “CSI: Miami” star Adam Rodriguez and Paul Calderon, revolves around a woman who is having a hard time when she’s forced to take in her ex-boyfriend and HIV-positive sister on the same day, which also puts her at the mercy of a local drug dealer. (“The Wire”‘s Michael K. Williams).

“Kiss the Bride” (2011)
Directed by Ibrahim Yilla
Released by Phase 4 Films

Two domineering mother-in-laws threaten to ruin a young African-American couple’s wedding in this comedy from Ibrahim Yilla.

“Kites” (2010)
Directed by Anurag Basu
Released by Image Entertainment

Americans will get Brett Ratner’s edit of this Bollywood love story starring Hrithik Roshan and Bárbara Mori as a couple who fall in love with each other on the eve of her wedding in Vegas to his girlfriend’s sadistic brother in order to get a green card, but must find a way to get out of town in one piece.

“The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu” (2009)
Directed by Henry Saine
Released by Dark Sky Film

A Slamdance 2010 selection, this comedy sees the last living relative of H.P. Lovecraft band together with two friends to fight off an invasion of Lovecraft’s monsters while protecting an ancient relic, presumably without the budget of Guillermo del Toro’s Lovecraft adaptation “At the Mountains of Madness” at their discretion.

02142011_Lemmy.jpg“Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch” (2010)
Directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski
Released by Red General Catalog

This documentary about the indefatigable Motörhead frontman boasts interviews with Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper and Scott Ian about the enduring influence of the heavy-metal rocker as well as probably a few NSFW backstage tales.

“Love at First Kill” (2011)
Directed by John Daly
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Noah Segan and Margot Kidder headline this thriller from director John Daly (once called “The Box Collector”) about a mother who will stop at nothing to keep her son away from a new love interest in town.

“National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie” (2010)
Directed by Jerry Daigle and Christopher Meloni
Released by Lionsgate

Aside from his turns in “Wet Hot American Summer” and “Harold and Kumar,” Christopher Meloni rarely gets the chance to show off his funny side, so consider this comedy where he plays the producer of a raunchy comedy a nice change of pace. Mario Cantone, Robert Klein and Cyndi Lauper also appear in this meta-sketch comedy film.

“October Moon 2: November Son” (2008)
Directed by Jason Paul Collum
Released by Tempe Video

Jason Paul Collum follows up his 2005 horror comedy with another installment where the survivors of the murder massacre of the first film seek revenge for those that they lost while welcoming the arrival of two new men of mysterious origin.

“Paroled” (2007)
Directed by Sal Martino
Released by Urban Home Entertainment

Master P puts in an appearance in this 2007 drama from Sal Martino about a recently-released criminal who must resist going back to a life of crime or risk getting his third strike.

02152011_PromisedLands.jpg“Promised Lands” (1974)
Directed by Susan Sontag
Released by Zeitgeist Films

The feminist icon’s only documentary centers on Israel after the Yom Kippur War of 1973, gauging reaction from Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk and physicist Yuval Ne’eman as she captures the scorched landscapes and wonders whether there could ever be peace, considering that even Israelis are divided over Palestinian sovereignty.

“Respire” (2009)
Directed by David A. Cross
Released by MTI Home Video

The owner of a novelty store (Tracy Teague) tries an experimental treatment created during the 1930s to cure her disease, but doesn’t realize she’ll take on the traits of a killer as an aftereffect in this horror film from writer/director David A. Cross.

“The Sinatra Club” (2010)
Directed by James Quattrochi
Released by Otter Creek Motion Pictures

Danny Nucci takes on the role of John Gotti in this drama from James Quattrochi that centers on the mafioso’s early days trying to prove himself by stealing a trove of silver bullion.

“Stag Night” (2008)
Directed by Peter A. Dowling
Released by Lionsgate

Kip Pardue, Vinessa Shaw, Breckin Meyer and Scott Adkins fight off a tribe of cannibals in a subway station in this horror flick from Peter A. Dowling that will finally see a DVD release courtesy of Ghost House.

“The Storm Warriors” (2009)
Directed by Oxide and Danny Pang
Released by Lionsgate

The Pang brothers continue to recover from their ill-fated Nicolas Cage remake of their own “Bangkok Dangerous” with this sequel to their martial arts epic “The Storm Riders” about a pair of Chinese warriors who do their damnedest to prevent the invasion of a Japanese warlord.

02152011_SummerWars.jpg“Summer Wars: The Movie” (2009)
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Released by Funimation

A teen geek gets the chance to get closer to the girl he has a crush on by posing as her boyfriend and winds up accidentally unlocking an equation that leads to the escape of a dangerous virtual world into the real world where he’s just trying to impress the girl’s family on the 90th birthday of her grandmother in this much-lauded animated sci-fi/cyberpunk film.

“A Time for Drunken Horses” (2000)
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
Released by Lorber Films

A double prize winner at Cannes at the turn of the century, Ghobadi’s harrowing drama tracks a family that must fend for themselves in the wake of their parents’ death and find a way to make it to the Iran-Iraq border for an operation to save the youngest brother.

“Unstoppable” (2010)
Directed by Tony Scott
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

Denzel Washington and Chris Pine commandeer a train carrying potentially explosive materials in the hopes of steering it away from school children and a city full of unwitting victims in this Tony Scott thriller.

“Waiting for Superman” (2010)
Directed by Davis Guggenheim
Released by Paramount Home Entertainment

After “An Inconvenient Truth” and “It Might Get Loud,” Guggenheim turns his attention to the public school system by chronicling the fates of five children and their families, finding that the results aren’t pretty.

“White Lion” (2010)
Directed by Michael Swan
Released by Screen Media Films

A young child in Africa befriends a lion cub who must grow up away from his family and protect itself from a poacher in this children’s film.

“William S. Burroughs: A Man Within” (2010)
Directed by Yony Leyser
Released by Oscilloscope Laboratories

In addition to never before seen footage, Patti Smith, John Waters, Iggy Pop, and naturally “Naked Lunch” director David Cronenberg all give interviews in this biography about the pioneering author of the Beat Generation who may have survived having his book banned by the U.S. government and the accidental murder of his wife, but struggled with addiction and other inner demons while becoming one of the most famous writers of the 20th century.

“Women Without Men” (2010)
Directed by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari
Released by IndiePix Films

Banned in its native Iran, Neshat and co-director Azari have picked up prizes elsewhere including a Silver Lion in Venice, for their adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s novel that sets the travails of five women looking to free themselves from the gender inequality and oppression of Tehran through visits to an imaginary garden against an American/British-backed overthrow of the government in 1953.

“Working Girls” (1974)
Directed by Stephanie Rothman
Released by Code Red

Boasting an early performance from the future Elvira, Cassandra Peterson, this exploitation flick features a fair amount of nudity, but in the context of a painter of nudes and her roomie who try to make ends meet in a world dominated by men.

“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” (2010)
Directed by Woody Allen
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Woody Allen’s latest comedy centers on a father (Anthony Hopkins), recently separated from his wife who pursues a much younger prostitute (Lucy Punch), and his daughter (Naomi Watts), whose own husband (Josh Brolin) has a wandering eye for the neighbor across the street (Freida Pinto).

New to Blu-ray: “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence”, “All the President’s Men”, “Big Daddy”, the 1992 biopic “Chaplin”, the noir “Kansas City Confidential”, “Last Tango in Paris”, “Moonstruck”, “Mr. Deeds”, “Network”, “Rain Man”, Orson Welles’ “The Stranger”

[Additional photos: “Glorious 39,” Entertainment One, 2009; “Lemmy,” Red General Catalog, 2010; “Promised Lands,” Zeitgeist Films, 1974; “Summer Wars,” GKids, 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.
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.

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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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