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Five Favorite Robert Rodriguez Movies

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Tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET we are showing “Sin City,” a film that Robert Rodriguez co-directed with Frank Miller, who created the graphic novel. After the two collaborators developed and shot the opening scene of the movie with a unique green-screen process meant to recreate the stark, black-and-white look of the books, the Director’s Guild refused to let Miller co-direct. So Rodriguez quit the Guild to work with Miller, a bold and also admirable move, which is one of the things we love about him. The other thing we love about him is that he’s a filmmaker whose highest aspiration seems to be to make violent trashy camp movies. And who doesn’t love that? Plus, have you seen the poster for “Machete Kills” There’s no way not to love a director who approves that idea. Bet you know where this is going, don’t you? That’s right, a list.

Here are five of our favorite Robert Rodriguez films:

1. “El Mariachi”

Shot for $7,000, with a mainly amateur cast, in a small Mexican bordertown, the film was destined for the Mexican DVD market, but instead introduced the young filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to the world. The film stars Carlos Gallardo as a young mariachi who kills four men in self defense, which sets off a series of unfortunate events that unleashes El Mariachi.

2. “Desperado”

Desperado is the sequel to “El Mariachi” and the third in the Mexico Trilogy (the third being “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”). The film stars Antonio Banderas as the former mariachi seeking revenge on Bucho, the drug lord who killed his lover, Salma Hayek as a new love interest, and Danny Trejos as the assassin Navajas.

3. “Sin City”

Ripped from the pages of Miller’s graphic novel, “Sin City” is the dark tale of a town with no pity, no mercy, and not much daylight. It’s one of those movies that leave you wanting more and finally there are rumors that more might be on its way. Yep, “Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For” is coming and we couldn’t be more excited.

4. “From Dusk Till Dawn”

It’s no secret that we love this vampire flick starring Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel and, of course, Salma Hayek. In fact, we’re showing it on Sunday at 8:45 p.m. ET.

5. “Machete”

Fact: Danny Trejo is one scary mofo. Even though the “Machete” character originated in a so-called kids’ movie “Spy Kids” (which we also love, but, you know, choices) Trejo was still completely frighteningly awesome.That the film is an expansion of a fake trailer that was released together with Rodriguez’s and Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 “Grindhouse,” just makes it all some sort of meta in-joke, which makes us like it even more.

“Sin City” airs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET

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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.