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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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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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