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Five Reasons to Watch “Alien 3” on Saturday

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Ever dream of spending Saturday night cuddled up with an alien and/or Sigourney Weaver? Well, do we have a hot night in store for you when “Alien 3,” directed by David Fincher, airs on Saturday at 10:30/9:30c. In this installment of the Alien franchise, we find Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) crash landing on a barren penal-colony planet with an unwelcomed visitor in tow. There she contends with a group of hardened convicts while using nothing but her wits to battle a terrifying new breed of alien. If the sheer awesomeness of that plot line and the pedigree of “Alien” and “Aliens” aren’t enough to convince you to watch, here are five more reasons to tune in:

1. Ripley

Sigourney Weaver reprises her role as Ellen Ripley, a woman who is frequently scarier than the alien she is fighting. In “Alien 3,” Ripley is the only person who knows the alien well enough to beat it, and while her plan to corner and kill the creature just might work, a horrifying discovery reveals that her fight is far from over.

2. David Fincher

This film was Fincher’s big budget debut and it is hard to imagine the pressure of being a young director asked to follow in the footsteps of Ridley Scott (“Alien”) and James Cameron (“Aliens”). Fincher rose to the challenge and when you watch the film it is easy to see the talent that is so apparent in “The Social Network,” “Se7en,” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

3. Alien dog hybrid

As if HR Geiger’s alien wasn’t scary enough, in “Alien 3,” an alien stowaway gets intimate with a feral dog and a new breed of alien is born. This wee beastie is a stealthy hunter that moves on all fours and can navigate the darkened prison corridors virtually undetected. Not at all scary.

4. Fiorina 161

When Ripley’s escape pod crash lands, she winds up dependent on the inhabitants of Fiorina 161. It’s a group of rapists and murders who chose to repent for their sins in deep space after the penal colony was officially decommissioned. Cozy, right? Warden Andrews (Brian Glover) wisely puts her in the care of prison doctor Clemens (Charles Dance), and restricted to the infirmary until a rescue ship arrives. Things aren’t quite that easy though, what with an alien roaming free.

5. Charles S. Dutton

As Fiorina 161’s spiritual leader and de facto leader Dillon (Charles S. Dutton) tries his best to keep the peace in the facility of convicts. When Ripley lands on the planet, he finds himself in the position to counsel her as well, saving her life in the process. Also, he’s Charles S. Dutton! You should watch anything with him in it.

“Alien 3” airs on IFC on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 PM ET; Thursday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 PM ET; Friday, Jan. 20 at 3:30 AM ET; Sunday, Feb. 5 at 8:30 PM ET; and Monday, Feb. 6 at 2:30 AM ET

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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.

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Stan Diego Comic-Con

Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.