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What to Watch on IFC: March 19 – 25

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Whoa, where did March go? We may have lost track of the month while wiling away the hours at SXSW, but who can blame us when we’re watching Youth Lagoon, Built to Spill, and live presentations of Comedy Bang! Bang!? Or maybe you’re lost in March Madness? Whatever the reasons it feels like March is marching along. We have lots of great shows to entertain you while March rushes out like a lamb.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Got a case of the Mondays, Garfield? We have the cure: Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 airing back to back beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Watch Uma Thurman kick some serious Monday ass in Quentin Tarantino’s epic sprawling homage to action films.

Tuesday

In “Sin City,” Frank Miller’s award-winning comic comes to life in dramatic black and white that spills the action into the streets of the ultimate town without pity. The film is filled with tough-as-nails ladies including a stripper named Nancy (Jessica Alba) and a prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King) along with Rosario Dawson, Alexis Bledel, Devon Aoki, and so many more. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET.

Wednesday

You’re mama always said to watch out for the dangers lurking in Halloween candy, but she probably should have included “Hard Candy,” too. Find out why at 8 p.m. ET when we show David Slade’s twisted cat-and-mouse game starring Ellen Page as both predator and prey.

Thursday

Fact: In space, no one can hear you scream. So when a close encounter of the third kind becomes a gut-busting (literally) nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic, there’s no point in crying. So Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) kicks some alien butt instead. Tune in at 8 for “Alien” followed by David Fincher’s equally terrifying “Alien 3” at 10: 30 p.m. ET.

Friday

Friday Night Frights returns with “The Descent” at 8 p.m. ET. If you ever wanted to go spelunking, you may want to watch this movie first. In the film, a group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of caves by an unknown force that lurks in the shadows. Fun, right? Well, fun to watch anyway.

Saturday

Just in case you missed it on Monday, because of your annoying day job thingie, or if you just can’t get enough of Uma Thurman in a yellow jumpsuit, we are showing Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2” back-to-back again. If you watch closely enough you too can learn to fight your way out of a coma/coffin/bullet to the head and how to kill David Carradine with one hand tied behind your back. Add those skills to your resume and you may end up with a better day job.

Sunday

Perfect plan: Spend Sunday eating cake on the couch as you watch Sophia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette.” If anyone tries to make you go outside, just yell, “Off with their heads!” a few times and they’ll get the hint. The cake-eating dance party starts at 3:15 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.

The-Craft

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.