No denying it, it’s Monday. Whether you are a Garfield or a Pollyanna, there is no arguing that Monday morning means a whole week of work lies ahead of you and you need something to look forward to. Luckily we have seven days of movies and original programming to keep you going all week long.
Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:
We all love Elmore Leonard, so when Barry Sonnenfeld tackles his novel“Get Shorty” you know it’s going to be good. In this screen adaption, John Travolta stars as Chili Palmer, a film-loving loan shark who teams up with a B-movie producer (Gene Hackman) to become a Hollywood mogul. Danny DeVito and Rene Russo round out the cast of this caper, which airs at 8/7c.
Costume up and get into the world of “Darkon” at 1:45 p.m. ET. The documentary follows some real-life adventurers who turn Baltimore into an imagined medieval world called Darkon. Yep, they’re LARPers and they bring the action of Dungeons and Dragons to life with their combination of physical re-enactments with character-driven storylines. It’s a fascinating look at a world not many of us are privy to.
A racist prison-guard (Billy Bob Thornton) has an intense affair with a black woman (Halle Berry) after her husband dies on death row. That’s right, it’s“Monster’s Ball” at 8/7c. Who wants to come up with a drinking game?
Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg star in “The Yards” at 8/7c. After going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Leo (Wahlberg) gets out of jail and is quickly lured into the corrupt world of the subway-car business based out of the train yards owned by his uncle (James Caan). When a fatal error occurs, Leo has to go on the run and bring down his uncle’s operation.
Kick off the weekend with brand new episodes of “Portlandia” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”beginning at 10/9c. Don’t forget that every Friday you can chat live and play trivia on IFC Sync with other fans of Fred and Carrie while you watch the show.
It’s a double feature of horror when we show “Hostel” and “Hostel II” back to back. In part one of the grisly pics focuses on backpackers (Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson) who find that their decision to stay at a Slovakian hostel is a gruesome mistake. Hostel II will make sure you never consider traveling abroad again after three American women take a weekend excursion and become pawns in a grisly game designed to entertain privileged deviants. The fun and frights start at 8/7c.
Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” stars Ewan McGregor as a young writer in love with Satine (Nicole Kidman), the star of the Moulin Rouge cabaret. Satine loves him too, but strings along a duke who can finance improvements to the night spot. The movie was the first musical nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in a decade, but the real reason to watch it is the costumes and the songs. Now sit back and watch Christina Aguilera sing “Lady Marmalade,” because that is what you are supposed to do right now.