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My favorite posts of 2011

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We’re burning away the last few hours left in 2011. It’s been a great year for movies and — if we don’t say so ourselves — a great year on IFC.com. Putting together one last post to highlight some of the best pieces of 2011 was not an easy task because there was so much good stuff on the site this year. To make things a little more manageable, I’ve made this a list of my favorite posts that I wrote on the site, in part because I wrote a ton of stuff this year (approximately 750 posts, give or take) and in part because I am an egomaniacal, self-centered bastard.

For your linking ease and pleasure, I’ve separated things according to article type: thinkpieces, lists, interviews, and reviews. If you missed any of these, check them out. And if you’ve read any of them over the course of the last twelve months, from the bottom of evil, narcissistic heart: thank you and have a happy New Year.

THINKPIECES
A movie theater etiquette manifesto
Sick of the multiplex? Go to the drive-in
A married couple jointly reviews the marriage comedy “Hall Pass”
Guts before six packs: why flab is funny
Drake’s Reception: “Uncharted 3” and video game criticism
Jaws and the changing face of movie theme parks
A “Planet of the Apes” Primer
“The Bachelor” is the worst and best show on television
Am I nuts or are “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Project Nim” the same movie?
Is “The Hangover Part II” a “good” sequel?
Remembering Elizabeth Taylor in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”
The “Black Swan” dancing controversy makes no sense
How “Network” predicted Charlie Sheen’s meltdown
The dead-rat-covered truth about movie theater nostalgia
The sudden death (and promising afterlife) of film
The worldbuilding is not enough
Outrage in the age of superhero outsourcing
The surprising parallels between Thor and George W. Bush
Spoiling a spoiler manifesto and Why I don’t like the new rules for TV spoilers

LISTS
The fifty greatest opening title sequences of all time
The ten coolest cars in movie history
Ten changes we wouldn’t mind seeing in the “Star Wars” Blu-rays
Five more directors who should act more
Our five favorite movie wheelmen
Five ridiculous studio mandated endings
Five actors who made uglier onscreen women than Adam Sandler
Ranking this year’s Razzie Nominees
A “Star Trek” theme park guide wish list
The porn parody titles of 2011

INTERVIEWS
Jodie Foster on “The Beaver”
John C. Reilly on “Terri”
Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz on “The Interrupters”
Jeff Nichols on “Take Shelter”
Nacho Vigalondo on “Extraterrestrial”
Neil Burger on “Limitless”‘ opening titles
Yuen Woo Ping on his five favorite martial arts sequences
Master makeup artist Rick Baker at Fantastic Fest

REVIEWS
“The Adventures of Tintin,” directed by Steven Spielberg
“Another Earth,” directed by Mike Cahill
“The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu,” directed by Andrei Ujica
“Cedar Rapids,” directed by Miguel Arteta
“Hugo,” directed by Martin Scorsese
“Ironclad,” directed by Jonathan English
“Killer Elite,” directed by Gary McKendry
“Limelight,” directed by Billy Corben
“Rubber,” directed by Quentin Dupieux
“Tyrannosaur,” directed by Paddy Considine

What was your favorite piece on IFC.com this year? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

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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.