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“Waiting For Forever”‘s Intriguingly Disastrous Reviews

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I’ve said this many times before, but I subscribe to the theory that all movies can be placed along a bell curve of quality. At one end are the rare great movies. At the other, the equally rare awful movies. In the middle, the vast majority of mediocrities. My interests lie in both of the extremes, because the extremes, both good and bad, are where the unusual lives. At the middle of the curve, everything looks the same. At the edges, you get surprised.

I wrote about the last time a barrage of disastrous reviews suggested a movie’s so-bad-it’s-good promise, last November’s “The Nutcracker in 3D” (which I still haven’t seen, dammit). This week we’ve got another contender, and it’s the new indie film “Waiting For Forever.” It’s about…well, I’ll just the folks who’ve seen it explain what it’s about, starting with Stephen Holden’s description from The New York Times:

“Wearing plaid pajamas, a Chaplin bowler hat and a vest, Will [Tom Sturridge] has been hitchhiking around the country, clowning and juggling for spare change while tracking the peripatetic movements of his childhood best friend, Emma Twist (Rachel Bilson). Somehow — it is never explained — he has been able to remain apprised of her comings and goings without sending up any red flags. Some might call it stalking.”

In other words, instead of telling a sad story about a mentally ill guy’s obsession with a childhood friend, “Waiting For Forever” apparently paints Will’s hunt for his lost love as charming and adorable rather than stalker-y. As our friend Aaron Hillis wrote in The Village Voice, the film seems “strangely unaware of its overt creepiness.” Over on Movieline, here’s what Stephanie Zacharek had to say on that subject:

“The movie… insists on painting Will as a lovable misfit. Emma has no idea how Will feels about her; she hasn’t seen him in years — he worships her from afar, but doesn’t have the guts to approach her. So when he arrives back home, he does stuff like lurk outside her family’s house, waiting for a glimpse of her. When he talks about her, he says things like, ‘In my dreams I breathe her in. I feel her in the blood in my heart,’ and the female characters (among them a longtime friend played by Nikki Blonski) swoon, while the male characters — wisely — go ‘Eeww!’ At least someone’s got the right idea in this godforsaken movie.”

James Rocchi from MSN Movies doesn’t mince words either:

“‘Waiting for Forever’ isn’t just bad; it’s fascinatingly bad. Sturridge’s every line of dialogue is delivered in a hesitant, hushed, heartfelt tone with his eyes half-closed and his mouth half-open. This does not make Will look like a sensitive dreamer; it makes him look like he’s constantly on the verge of a sneeze, a stroke, or an orgasm.”

I guess you could say the acting in this film was orgasmic, then. I don’t want to, but you could. Tell me more, Nick Schager from Slant:

“Keach expects us to delight in Will, a happy-go-lucky innocent who sees only the joy and magic in life, an attitude he expresses via his pajama pants, his sappy declarations of love (he analogizes his feelings for Emma as a desire to literally enter her aorta), and his habit of randomly hopping and flittering about like a bohemian sprite. Whereas Will’s simpleminded optimism is meant to be endearing, it instead tests one’s gag reflex, and proves all the more maddening for being embraced by virtually everyone he encounters, including the featureless Emma, who is soon unable to resist Will’s indefatigable good cheer and so-so juggling skills.”

Yeah, in real life women are not impressed by juggling. And don’t ask me how I know that.

Currently, “Waiting For Forever” has a single positive review on Rotten Tomatoes and it’s from Pete Hammond at Box Office Magazine, who was quite taken with Will’s pajamas-wearing pursuit:

“While Emma is bitten by the harsh realities of life, the ever-idealistic Will is an eternal optimist. Having lost both his parents in an accident when he was only ten, the childlike Will has never emotionally grown up, but he’s innocent rather than disturbed, a true believer rather than a stalker. How refreshing to see this movie doesn’t drift into stereotypical areas similar flicks have, but instead keeps the focus on ideas and the harsh divide between the realities of life and the frustrations that remind you things could be so much more.”

Hammond also adds that “box office prospects could be bright if the right audience is aware of it.” From deep on the outer fringes of the movie bell curve, I’m doing my best.

If you’re still on the fence, here’s the film’s trailer. It opens today in New York City.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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SO EXCITED!!!

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.”

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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. 

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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.