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Our favorite movie glasses of all time

Our favorite movie glasses of all time (photo)

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We would argue that it’s the spectacles and not the clothes that make the man or woman. Here are some of the best glasses in movies, from the ones sported so iconically by the Boy Who Lived in the “Harry Potter” movies to the alien-revealing shades in “They Live” to the damnable specs in “The Jerk.”

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The Matrix

Never mind that wearing sunglasses would seriously hinder your fighting skills, even in a virtual world — looking cool is top priority in the land of the Wachowskis. Neo, Trinity and Morpheus look great in their shaded specs as they leap, kick, punch, shoot guns and answer ringing telephones, but our favorite pair belongs to Agent Smith. The look of surprise/annoyance/slight concern on his face after Neo manages to break them in the original “Matrix” is classic: “I’m going to enjoy watching you die, Mr. Anderson.” Smash an Agent’s glasses and the fight gets personal.

“Harry Potter”

If Daniel Radcliffe wants a career post-“Harry Potter,” all he has to do is make sure to never, ever wear glasses again. Really, Radcliffe could star in a gritty war drama or an action comedy about bumbling bank robbers — as far from Hogwarts as he could possibly get — but if he’s wearing glasses, we’ll immediately think “Harry Potter,” and all is lost. To say that Harry’s specs are “iconic” is the understatement of the century — they’re as essential to his character as Indiana Jones’ hat or the Cigarette Smoking Man’s, uh, cigarette.

“Men in Black”

Again, wearing sunglasses would probably seriously hinder your investigative and/or fighting skills when you’re a secret government agent protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe, but as Will Smith’s Agent J says, “I make this look good.” Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K doesn’t look too shabby in them, either. Here’s hoping that next summer’s “Men in Black III” will be as cool as its two stars — and that Josh Brolin, as a young version of Agent K, can work the shades as well as his future self.

“They Live”

“Put on these glasses… or start eatin’ that trashcan.” Normal human beings would obey ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper without question, no matter how seemingly bizarre the order, but Keith David decides to pick a fight instead, just out of principle (or because director John Carpenter says so). One of the most epic two-man fight scenes ever put to film is over a pair of sunglasses that allow you to see the world as it really is — a consumerist dystopian wasteland run by ugly aliens. David eventually puts on the glasses, which means he’ll never know how tasty that trashcan might’ve been.

“Dream a Little Dream 2”

You didn’t think we’d forget the Coreys, did you? First of all, yes, there was a “Dream a Little Dream 2,” and it’s now available on Netflix Instant if you require proof. You don’t necessarily need to actually watch it… actually, on second thought, yes, you do — you need to watch the madcap antics of Haim and Feldman as they stumble across magic sunglasses that allow you to control the mind of whoever’s wearing a second pair. It’s all very trippy and stupid, and Feldman indulges in another impromptu dance routine, this time in someone’s kitchen. Whoa boy.

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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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.”


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. 


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.