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Cannes Announces 2011 Lineup

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No surprise here. Terrence Malick’s bringing the baby feet to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where “The Tree of Life” will play in competition, alongside new films by Pedro Almodovar, Takashi Miike, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and Lars von Trier. I’m not going to Cannes (unless you want to send me, independently wealthy, art film loving reader, in which case, speak up!) but I’d want to see all of those, plus the new film from “Ratcatcher” director Lynne Ramsay and “Drive” by “Bronson”‘s Nicolas Winding Refn, which is described on IMDb as the story of “a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman [and] discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.” The badass cast of that one includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Perlman.

At Cannes, you can always count on a crazy juxtaposition of the competition’s high-end, high art fare and the glitzy mainstream low art playing out of competition and in the market. This year two star-studded sequels premiere on the steps of the Palais: Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” The previous “Kung Fu Panda” screened out of competition at Cannes as well, quite successfully, I might add. You know the French and their love of pandas. Actually one of the most surreal days I ever spent at Cannes involved standing for hours on a broiling hot boardwalk, waiting for Jack Black to arrive and pose for pictures with every international star playing the Kung Fu Panda in their country’s dubbed version of the movie and a whole bunch of guys in giant Kung Fu Panda costumes. They played Black’s version of “Kung Fu Fighting” the entire time. For days I couldn’t get that song out of my head. On stormy nights, I can still hear it on the distant, howling wind.

Here’s the lineup as announced so far, including the Un Certain Regard sidebar, headlined by the Gus Van Sant’s “Restless.” And, as previously announced, the whole sheebang kicks off with Woody Allen’s new film “Midnight in Paris” on May 11.

Competition
“La Piel Que Habito,” directed by Pedro Almodovar
“L’Apollonide,” directed by Bertrand Bonello
“Parter,” directed by Alain Cavalier
“Footnote,” directed by Joseph Cedar
“Once Upon A Time in Anatolia,” directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“The Kid With The Bike,” directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Le Havre,” directed by Aki Kaurismäki
“Hanezu No Tsuki,” directed by Naomi Kawase
“Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Julia Leigh
“Polisse,” directed by Maiwenn
“The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick
“La source des femmes,” directed by Radu Mihaileanu
“Ichimei” (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai), directed by Takashi Miike
“We Have a Pope,” directed by Nanni Moretti
“We Need To Talk About Kevin,” directed by Lynne Ramsay
“This Must Be The Place,” directed by Paolo Sorrentino
“Michael,” directed by Markus Schleinzer
“Melancholia,” directed by Lars Von Trier
“Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Out of Competition:
“The Beaver,” directed by Jodie Foster
“La conquête,” directed by Xavier Durringer
“The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall
“Kung Fu Panda 2,” directed by Jennifer Yuh

Midnight Screenings:
“Wu Xia,” directed by Chan Peter Ho-Sun
“Dias de Gracia,” directed by Everado Gout

Special Screenings:
“Labrador,” directed by Frederikke Aspöck
“Le maître des forges de l’enfer,” directed by Rithy Panh
“Michel Petrucciani,” directed by Michael Radford
“Tous au Larzac,” directed by Christian Rouaud

Un Certain Regard:
“The Hunter,” Bakur Bakuradze
“Halt auf freier Strecke,” directed Andreas Dresen
“Hors Satan,” directed by Bruno Dumont
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin
“Les neiges du Kilimandjaro,” directed by Robert Guédiguian
“Skoonheid,” directed by Oliver Hermanus
“The Day He Arrives,” directed by Hong Sang-Soo
“Bonsaï,” directed by Christian Jimenez
“Tatsumi,” directed by Eric Khoo
“Arirang,” directed by Kim Ki-Duk
“Et maintenant, on va où?,” directed by Nadine Labaki
“Loverboy,” directed by Catalin Mitulescu
“Yellow Sea,” directed by Na Hong-jin
“Miss Bala,” directed by Gerardo Naranjo
“Trabalhar Cansa,” directed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
“L’Exercice de L’Etat,” directed by Pierre Schoeller
“Restless,” directed by Gus Van Sant
“Toomelah,” directed by Ivan Sen
“Oslo,” August 31st,” directed by Joachim Trier

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.