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In honor of “John Carter,” ten awesome dude movies with dude’s names for titles

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Ah, the good old “Dude Movie.” What’s that you say? You don’t know what a “Dude Movie” is? Psh! Ok, well, if ladies have their “Chick Flicks” then it just seems right that guys should have their “Dude Movies.” And March 9 marks the theatrical unleashing of the latest and greatest Dude Movie, “John Carter.” Here’s what you need to know: It takes place on Mars and it has the titular character battling all sorts of enormous beasts. Dude Movie! So have a peek at the 10 Awesome Dude Movies with Dude’s Names for Titles that we’ve rounded up for you and be sure to let us know your favorite in the comments, dude.


“Rocky” (1976)

You tell me who’s more of a man’s man in Hollywood than Sylvester Stallone. I dare you. And don’t even start with all the Chuck Norris business. Stallone is The Dude to end all dudes (not to be confused with “The Dude” – the legendary character played by Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski”). While I’m sure “Rocky” has plenty of female fans, it really is the ultimate guy’s story. The little guy from Philadelphia that no one thought could make it works his backside off (I mean, come on, the guy was punching frozen meat carcasses rather than your typical punching bag) to get to the very top of the boxing world by fighting heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). The end result doesn’t even matter. “Rocky” is a rags to riches, come from behind, American Dream story that every man can relate to, and one that millions have probably tried to emulate in one way or another. Stallone not only starred in the classic (and the subsequent sequels), but he also wrote and directed the film. Now that’s a guy who’s worthy of the title of Ultimate Dude.

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“Rudy” (1993)

We all know that guys love their sports films and they love them just a little bit more when they’re underdog stories. The 1993 David Anspaugh film “Rudy” tells the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who, despite just about everything in the universe aligning against him in the endeavor, dreams of playing college football at the hallowed University of Notre Dame. He doesn’t have the money, grades, talent, or physical attributes one would normally need to not only get into Notre Dame, but also to play the game of football there. Oh, and to top it all off, the guy is dyslexic. What Rudy does have, however, is a whole lot of heart and determination. It gets him far enough to land a spot on the practice squad and, eventually, the opportunity to suit up with the team for their final home game. Spoiler alert: The team ends up carrying him off the field on their shoulders. Like you didn’t see that coming. What you might also see is your pops weeping into his pillow at the end of the film just like every good man before him. Even tough guys can cry during Dude Movies. It’s in the rulebook. I promise.


“Patton” (1970)

If there’s a genre of film that guys love almost as much (if not more) than sports movies, it’s war movies. Gather up a group of twenty of the toughest guys you know, put them in a room together, and ask them what movie they want to watch. Nine times out of ten it will either be a sports movie or a war movie. How fitting then that we find the 1970 George C. Scott classic “Patton” on this list. The biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II is a classic for a reason; it’s an astonishingly good movie. From the iconic opening scenes of Patton in front of the enormous American flag to the final scenes with Patton walking his dog, the film is a masterpiece of the war genre and a testament to the incredible power of George C. Scott’s acting ability. “Patton” is a Dude Movie through and through. It’s one that has stood the test of time and should continue to do so for decades to come.

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“Happy Gilmore” (1996)

Remember way back in 1996 when Adam Sandler was still making funny movies? You know, way before that whole “Jack & Jill” fiasco of this past year. We sure do, and we remember it fondly for Sandler’s role as the titular character of “Happy Gilmore” – a washout ice hockey player who realizes that he’s absurdly talented at golf. It’s a hilarious film that shows off Sandler’s penchant for irascible outbursts that play just as funny as they are frightening. I mean, who else could believably punch out Bob Barker during a golf tournament. Sandler made anger hilarious and that’s probably what we miss most about his latest films. That sense of fun is gone and it’s all just… bad. “Happy Gilmore” was Sandler’s first pairing with director Dennis Dugan, but the film is good enough to forgive the fact that their collaboration has produced nothing but pain and suffering (at least for viewers) since 1996. I know there are female fans out there that love Sandler, but this is a brash sports comedy that easily fits the bill of Dude Movie.


“Donnie Brasco” (1997)

The first of two films on this list starring Johnny Depp, 1997’s “Donnie Brasco” is an excellent crime drama based on the real-life events of FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone’s infiltration of the Bonanno crime family in New York City. Pistone (Johnny Depp) posed as a jewel thief expert (“The Jewel Man”) and used the alias “Donnie Brasco” to gain access to one of the Mafia’s Five Families during the 1970’s by gaining the confidence of low-level mob hit man Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino). The problem is, the closer Brasco gets to the Mafia and the longer he ends up as a gangster, the more it starts to bleed over into his real personal life putting his entire family and the life of Lefty in jeopardy. Directed by Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), “Donnie Brasco” is a terrific Mafia thriller that has only gotten better with age. Depp’s performance is astounding and Pacino makes the perfect pair for the star. Violent and suspenseful and moving, the film is a nearly perfect Dude Movie. I mean, what guy doesn’t like a good Mob movie, right?

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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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.