What to Watch on IFC: January 30 – February 5


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As we move into February winter is really getting on our last nerve. So we’re giving you lots of good reasons to stay inside. Including, of course, a new episode of “Portlandia” on Friday.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


Who says Friday should get all the frights? Monday can be pretty morbid, too, so we’re showing the graphic-novel-turned-movie “From Hell” all about Jack the Ripper at 8/7c. It stars Johnny Depp so no one in your house will be complaining. We won’t leave you on the edge of your seat without trying to scare your pants off, so we’re also showing “Ginger Snaps.” If you don’t know the film, a fearsome transformation takes place after a death-obsessed teen (Katharine Isabelle) and her sister (Emily Perkins) are attacked by a supernatural beast.


If you ever wonder what Angelina Jolie saw in Billy Bob Thornton, watch his performance in “Monster’s Ball.” His eloquent and understated turn as a racist prison-guard who has an intense affair with a black woman after her husband dies on death row is nothing short of mesmerizing. And his performance is nothing compared to Halle Berry’s Oscar-winning turn as a woman with nothing to lose. It starts at 8/7c and don’t be late, because you won’t want to miss a minute.


Guess the movie: A conflict between black and Jewish gangsters in New York City and a case of mistaken identity land a man (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a revenge plot of a crime boss (Morgan Freeman). It’s a taut thriller that twists and turns its way through an underworld of crime and revenge. Yep, it’s “Lucky Number Slevin” at 8/7 c and you’re going to love it.


In “Lock Up,” a jailed hero (Sylvester Stallone) is sent to a twisted warden’s (Donald Sutherland) private hell all for the crime of escaping to see his dying father. Do you really need to know anything other than Sly Stallone and Donald Sutherland? NO. Well, wait: It starts at 10:15/9:15 c


It’s Friday, which means only one thing: New episodes of “Portlandia” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.” Watch as Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and David Cross entertain you for an hour, much like little monkeys wearing adorable outfits and tiny hats while dancing to organ music, but without the awkward coin tossing and inevitable letters from PETA. The fun starts at 10/9c and don’t forget you can live chat with other fans during the show right here on IFC.com.


It’s a winter Saturday, but we’re pretending it’s midsummer when we air the perfect summer camp comedy “Meatballs” at 6/5 c. But when it comes to summer fun, you know the best stuff happens after hours, so we’re also showing the 90s Kid N’ Play classic “House Party” at 8/7 c. So put on your shortest shorts, whip up some s’mores and spray your hair up high high high because it’s summer. Sort of.


Whatever your Sunday ritual is (church, brunch, sleeping) we have one thing it doesn’t have: A double dose of Ellen Ripley a.k.a. Sigourney Weaver. If you find yourself about to ask “Who is Ellen Ripley?” save yourself the humiliation of being hopelessly out of the best-movies-ever loop and just tune in at 6/5 c when we are showing “Alien” followed by “Alien 3.”


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…


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.


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.


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?”


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).



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.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


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.


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.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



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.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.