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:


“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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.