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What to Watch on IFC: August 6 – 12

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Hey guess what? It’s August, which means that from coast to coast it’s hot and disgusting outside. As usual we are here for you. We are filling our channel with back-to-back must-see movies, laugh-out-loud comedies, and our own original programming, including new episodes of Bunk and Comedy Bang! Bang!. The icing on the already awesome cake is that on August 16th and 17th we are showing Bullet in the Face the crime drama that has everyone buzzing. It stars Eddie Izzard, Eric Roberts, and Max Williams and is guaranteed to be wild, raucous, and viciously funny. But until then we promise to keep you well entertained.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

While the Australian tourist board would tout the country’s lush landscapes, natural rock formations, unique animal life and the fact that Crocodile Dundee is not actually a real person, we’re here to tell you: Don’t go to Australia. Or if you do go, stick to the cities. There are just too many horror movies made in the island nation’s desolate outback. For example, “Wolf Creek” which airs tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET. In the film stranded motorists (Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath) fall prey to a murderous bushman (John Jarratt) who offers to fix their vehicle, then takes them captive.

Tuesday

“The Bank Job” is a story that the British government would’ve rather kept in the vault, but it got out and is airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The film stars Jason Statham (in a rare role that doesn’t require him to kick anyone in the face) as a former petty criminal turned struggling owner of a London car sales garage. He’s lured back into a life of crime by a former model (Saffron Burrows), who proposes robbing a bank to erase all of Terry’s debt (and then some).

Wednesday

Before “The Dark Knight Rises”, director Christopher Nolan chronicled the epic rivalry between two 19th century illusionists, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Robert Angiers (Hugh Jackman), in “The Prestige.” In their quest to one-up each other, the two magicians end up sharing and romancing the same beautiful assistant, Olivia Wenscombe (Scarlett Johansson), who may not be all she appears to be. Angiers goes to dangerous extremes in his quest to come out on top by seeking the assistance of scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla (David Bowie). It airs tonight at 10:45 p.m. ET.

Thursday

“The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” airs tonight at 10/9c. In the film, the beloved Nickelodeon character becomes “bigger, better and more absorbent” for his feature film debut, which serves as the last installment of the “SpongeBob SquarePants” series to be released before the departure of series creator Stephen Hillenburg. Along with the cast and crew of the show, the movie features the voice talents of Alec Baldwin and Scarlett Johansson. The film also features a parody of Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock,” as well as non-animated cameos by Neil Ross as the Cyclops and David Hasselhoff as himself.

Friday

It’s Friday which means we have new episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk beginning at 10/9c. You know it’s going to be good.

Saturday

“The Beach” is no summer rom com, but instead offers a hipster take on “Lord of the Flies.” As anyone who has read the book knows, paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a young backpacker in Thailand who is handed the map to paradise — a secret secluded island that (almost) no one knows about — in director Danny Boyle’s adaptation of novelist (and later screenwriter) Alex Garland’s book. But the island is filled with both beauty and danger and after a few weeks off of the grid, the residents find themselves lost in a sea of sickness, sexual tension, and shark attacks. It’s a hippie thriller set to a techno beat. See for yourself when “The Beach” airs at 10/9c.

Sunday

Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson star in “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1,” which is most definitely not “Lethal Weapon” and don’t you forget it. Would “Lethal Weapon” have a plot where a policewoman’s replacement continues her work on a cocaine-cookie scandal? Well, they might have, but they didn’t. The 1993 classic comedy airs tonight at 9:15 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.

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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.