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The Painless Way to See “127 Hours,” and More New DVDs

The Painless Way to See “127 Hours,” and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“127 Hours” (2010)
Directed by Danny Boyle
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

With a fast-forward button at the ready on home devices, it’s high time more people see James Franco’s Spirit Award-winning performance as real-life adventurer Aron Ralston, who gets his arm trapped under a boulder in Utah’s Bluejohn Canyon and struggles to survive and free himself in Danny Boyle’s life-affirming followup to “Slumdog Millionaire.” (Matt Singer’s interview with James Franco and Danny Boyle is here.)

“420 High Desert Way” (2011)
Directed by Tom Breedlove
Released by Maverick Entertainment Group

Dealing with a different drug than the one suggested by the title, this procedural drama follows a young undercover cop who must refine his extreme sports skills as he infiltrates a drug cartel and must bust them before they learn his true identity.

“Bambi” (1942)
Directed by James Algar and Samuel Armstrong
Released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment

The animated classic comes to Blu-ray for the first time, illuminating every fiber on the whitetail deer’s head on his way to becoming prince of the forest. The new package includes deleted scenes, a six-part making-of documentary, a picture-in-picture special feature detailing the development of the film and more.

“A Beautiful Life” (2010)
Directed by Alejandro Chomski
Released by Image Entertainment

Bai Ling, Dana Delany and Debi Mazar are part of the supporting cast in Alejandro Chomski’s drama that revolves around an illegal immigrant and a runaway girl whose desperation leads them to become lovers and drug dealers.

“The Bleeding” (2009)
Directed by Charlie Picerni
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Not a “Twilight” fan? This thriller starring Vinnie Jones and Kat Von D as vampires may be the cure as DMX, Michael Madsen and Armand Assante team up to slay them.

“Burlesque” (2010)
Directed by Steven Antin
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

It got bludgeoned upon its release in theaters, but cult status begins now for the directorial debut of Steven Antin, brother to Pussycat Dolls creator Robin, that stars Christina Aguilera as a country girl who makes her way to Hollywood to become a star, if only she can get on stage at Cher’s burlesque club that is under threat of being foreclosed upon. Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet and Kristen Bell co-star.

02282011_CableGuy.jpg“The Cable Guy” (1997)
Directed by Ben Stiller
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Long known as the film Jim Carrey got $20 million for, the 15th anniversary of the dark comedy about a man (Matthew Broderick) who sees his life ruined by an obsessed satellite installer, which is only being released on Blu-ray, aims to restore its reputation with director Ben Stiller, producer Judd Apatow and Carrey providing a no-holds-barred audio commentary for the occasion, as well as deleted scenes, rehearsal footage and more.

“Cannes Man” (1997)
Directed by Richard Martini
Released by Cinema Libre Studio

Plenty of famous faces dot Richard Martini’s 1996 comedy about the film festival on the Croisette and Sy Lerner (Seymour Cassel) plays the wheeling and dealing producer who just tries to get noticed along with an aspiring screenwriter.

“The Clowns” (1970)
Directed by Federico Fellini
Released by RaroVideo

Having been a badge of honor on the shelves of DVD collectors who don’t let international borders prevent them from ordering rarities from around the world, RaroVideo is finally coming to America and their first release is one of the only Fellini films never to see a DVD release on our shores, the 1970 comedy in which he stars as the ringleader of a circus. In addition to the film, the DVD includes a 40-page booklet of rare Fellini sketches, a video essay and a rare Fellini short.

“Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde” (1976)
Directed by William Crain
Released by VCI Entertainment

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, this blaxploitation horror film is a takeoff of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story with Bernie Casey as the scientist whose experiment goes horribly awry and faces an alter ego that he cannot control.

“Faster” (2010)
Directed by George Tillman, Jr.
Released by CBS Films

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is out for revenge as a recent parolee whose main objective is to take out those responsible for his brother’s death while being trailed by two cops (Carla Gugino and Billy Bob Thornton) and a hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) in this thriller from “Notorious” director George Tillman, Jr.

02282011_GlennGouldGeniusWithin.jpg“Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” (2010)
Directed by Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont
Released by Lorber Films

The enigmatic Canadian pianist has inspired plenty of films about his work, but Hozer and Raymont present all sorts of never-before-seen footage and recordings of Gould for this documentary that examines the contrast between his public persona and private life, as well as shares interviews with collaborators, friends and obsessions (pop icon Petula Clark gets some camera time).

“Infinite Justice” (2006)
Directed by Jamil Dehlavi
Released by Platinum Disc

This drama revolves around an American reporter (Kevin Collins) who is taken hostage by Muslim extremists in protest of those held captive at Guantanamo Bay.

“Love & Other Drugs” (2010)
Directed by Edward Zwick
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

A break from the big-budget historical epics “The Last Samurai” director Edward Zwick’s known for in his film work, Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this romantic dramedy about a pharmaceutical rep (Gyllenhaal) whose career is on the rise with the introduction of Viagra, but whose personal life takes a hit when he falls for a Parkinson’s sufferer (Hathaway).

“Mado” (1976)
Directed by Claude Sautet
Released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment

Michel Piccoli stars as a businessman struggling to save his company when his partner leaves him in a sea of debt after committing suicide and turning to a prostitute (Octavia Piccolo) for comfort as a rival attempts a hostile takeover in this drama from Claude Sautet.

“My Girlfriend’s Back” (2010)
Directed by Steven Ayromlooi
Released by Lionsgate

“Felicity” star Tangi Miller and Malik Yoba cross paths, but try to overcome poor timing in this romantic comedy from Steven Ayromlooi.

02282011_MyGirlfriendsBoyfriend.jpg“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” (2010)
Directed by Daryn Tufts
Released by Good Times Home Video

After being unlucky in love, Alyssa Milano suddenly finds herself caught between two very different men (Christopher Gorham and Michael Landes) in this romantic comedy. Beau Bridges and Carol Kane co-star.

“S.W.A.T. Firefight” (2011)
Directed by Benny Boom
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

This DTV sequel to the Colin Farrell-Samuel L. Jackson redo of the TV show brings together former Terminators Robert Patrick and Kristanna Loken in this cop thriller about an LAPD lieutenant (Gabriel Macht) who is reassigned to Detroit where he faces off once again with corruption at the station.

“Satin” (2011)
Directed by Christopher Olness
Released by Monarch Home Video

Melissa Joan Hart and Robert Guillaume come to the aid of a down-on-his-luck Vegas crooner (Hamilton von Watts) who finds himself stuck in the tiny burg of Lost Springs when his car stalls out in this dramedy.

[Additional photos: “The Cable Guy,” TriStar Pictures, 1997; “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” Lorber Films, 2010; “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” fiftyfilms, 2010]

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.


IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.



IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on and the IFC app.

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