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What to watch this week on IFC: August 20-26

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Hate to tell you this, but summer’s almost over. You better spend as much time as possible inside in the air conditioning before your guilty eco-conscience makes you turn it off.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson star in
“National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon,” 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 8 p.m. ET.

Tuesday

We’re hanging up garlic and whittling stakes all day long before “Shadow of the Vampire” airs at 8 p.m. ET. In 1922, F.W. Murnau’s haunting Nosferatu was released starring an unknown actor named Max Schreck as Count Orloff, the vampire. Eighty years later, E. Elias Merhige directed a film imagining the goings on behind the making of that film. John Malkovich stars as director F.W. Murnau who craves realism to the extent that he casts a real vampire as his star. (Top that, Dogme 95.) Willem Dafoe’s Max Schreck is about as far as you can get from Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen. To be clear, Max Schreck does not sparkle. He is rat-like, batty, slithery, and cold and Willem Dafoe owns him.

Wednesday

At 8/7c we’re airing William Freidkin’s classic tale of true terror “The Exorcist” starring Ellen Burstyn as an actress with a small problem: Her once-adorable 12-year old daughter Reagan (Linda Blair) is possessed. She has no choice but to call upon her friendly neighborhood Jesuit priests to try to end the demonic possession. Watch the trailer and remember the terror. If that’s not enough terror for you, stay tuned for “Saw II” at 10: 15 p.m. ET. In which a detective (Donnie Wahlberg) races against time to save his son from a sadistic madman (Tobin Bell) holding a group of people captive.

Thursday

“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.

Friday

Even though the first rule of “Fight Club” is not to talk about Fight Club, and the second rule of fight club is don’t talk about fight club, we can’t help but tell the world that we’re showing it tonight at 8/7c. We didn’t really want to be in a fight club anyway, but we do want to watch on though. Yeah, yeah, we like to watch …movies.

Saturday

There’s no better way to spend Sunday than with a triple feature of Rambo. Up first at 8 p.m. ET we have “Rambo”, where beloved Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) calls upon his long-buried but lethal skills to rescue a missionary (Julie Benz) and her comrades from the Burmese army. At 9:45p.m. ET we have, “Rambo: First Blood Part II” where the former Green Beret goes on a reconnaissance mission to spring MIAs from a Viet Cong prison. Last, but certainly not least we have “Rambo III” at 11:45 p.m. ET. In this installment of the Rambo saga, the loner Rambo leaves a Buddhist monastery to free his Green Beret mentor (Richard Crenna) from Soviets in Afghanistan.

Sunday

At 10:15 p.m. ET we’re showing “Full Metal Jacket”“>“Full Metal Jacket” marked Stanley Kubrick’s return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus. Based on Gustav Hasford’s novel “The Short Timers,” the film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers played by Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, and Vincent D’Onofrio endure basic training under a sadistic drill sergeant and fight in the 1968 Tet offensive. After meeting Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record) you’re boss will look great on Monday morning.

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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.