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What to watch this week on IFC: May 7 – 13

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May flowers may be out, but we wouldn’t know. We stayed inside all weekend making sure that everything we’re airing on IFC is good enough to show you our trusted viewers. Good news! It is. Now that we’ve tested the water, tasted the Kool Aid, and prepared an incredible smorgasborg of fun-filled television we can share our scientifically-tested results. Although in full disclosure we’re not scientists. More like Swedish Chefs of good television.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

“Lord of War” starts at 8/7c, so you’ll want to stock up your arsenal …of snacks! The film stars Nicolas Cage as an opportunistic businessman who has no qualms about selling off Soviet weapons to the highest bidder. An Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke) becomes convinced Orlov isn’t playing by the rules and a game of high stakes cat and mouse ensues. Inspired by a true story, “Lord of War” also features Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Bridget Moynahan, and Donald Sutherland.

Tuesday

We can all agree that cake is good. Even if it is some gluten-free monstrosity covered in vegan frosting, it’s still cake and still good. So there’s no doubt that “Layer Cake” is excellent because it is covered in Daniel Craig. He plays a mid-level drug dealer who must perform two final tasks for his boss (Kenneth Cranham) before he can quit the business for good. Watch and learn at 8/7c.

Wednesday

Like “The Walking Dead”? Trick question: Of course you do! One of the show’s standout zombie killers is Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus. As many of you astute IFC fans know, Reedus got his start in “The Boondock Saints, ” where he played a killer, not of the undead, but of members of the mob. In the film he and his onscreen brother (Sean Patrick Flanery) accept a mission from God to start taking out members of Boston’s underworld. It’s like “The Blues Brothers,” but with a lot more guns. Watch for yourself at 8/7c.

Thursday

Vampires are sooooo last year. We’re all about werewolves now, especially werewolf movies that star Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg. Luckily we’re showing “Cursed” at 8/7c, which, you should note, is well before the full moon.

Friday

Whatcha doing tonight? Doesn’t matter, because you’ll want to cancel whatever puny plans you have made so you can stay home and watch “Die Hard”. Luckily, we’re nice and we’re showing it twice at both 8 and 10:45 p.m. ET. If your neighbors wonder why you’re yelling “YIPPEEE-KI-YI-YAY MOTHERFUCKER!” over and over again, invite them over to watch. By the way, you may want to look at what we’re showing tomorrow night.

Saturday

That’s right, you can Die Hard all weekend. Die Hard, Die Harder, eat a pizza, do it all again. We’re showing “Die Hard 2” at 8 and 11 p.m. ET. We know how to do a weekend. Psst: Check out tomorrow’s listing.

Sunday

Did you think we were done? It’s not a Die Hard marathon without “Die Hard With a Vengeance”! It’s Sunday, so you can go ahead and the sweet baby Jesus for a third installment of one of the best action series yet. In this one, our hero John McClane has been (gasp!) suspended from the police force. So he does what any reasonable person would do and enlists Samuel L. Jackson (masquerading as a Harlem shopkeeper) to help stop a terrorist bomber (Jeremy Irons in a beater tee!) Fun starts at 8 and again at 10:45 p.m. ET.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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