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Five iconic Indiana Jones scenes, in honor of the new Blu-ray release

Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark

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One of the Holy Grails (pun totally intended) of the films-not-yet-on-Blu-ray finally makes its high definition debut this week as “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures” hits the format in one of the year’s most impressive Blu-ray collections. If you’ve been an Indy fan your whole life and you think you’ve seen these films at their most stunningly beautiful, you’re in for a treat as this Blu-ray set blows away every previous home entertainment release of the series.

Look no further than the jaw-dropping colors of “Temple of Doom” and gorgeous the sweeping vistas of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Indy’s never looked so good. Add in hours of quality bonus material and “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures” becomes one of the must-have releases of the year. Not only that, but its Blu-ray release also gives us an excuse to run down five of the most iconic (and five of our favorite) Indy scenes of all time. You won’t find any Crystal Skulls in this list though… We’re sticking with the original trilogy!


Why Did It Have to be Snakes from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)

If there’s anything that nearly everybody knows about Indiana Jones, it’s that the man hates snakes. And no, we don’t mean that he just dislikes them. Indy absolutely hates snakes. He loathes them in a way that most people loathe going to the dentist. Just Indy’s luck, then, that he’s thrust into the Well of Souls with little more than a whip and a prayer before landing dead center into a virtual pool of writhing, hissing serpents. When Indy falls flat on his stomach and comes face to face with a cobra ready to strike, the audience finally gets to feel the very same way Jones feels just before he enters the Well of Souls: “Why did it have to be snakes?”


A Ride in the Mines from “Temple of Doom” (1984)

After nearly all of Mola Ram’s Thuggee goons, it looks like Indy, Willie, and Short Round are finally going to make their escape from the temple in a mine cart. Happily ever after, right? Wrong. Not only is this crazy, roller coaster ride through the temple one of the scariest moments in the film, it’s also one of the most exhilarating and memorable chase scenes in the entire series. The score, the fast-paced action, and the point of view shots make you feel like you’re actually in the cart riding along with the trio as they battle more Thuggee henchman on their rocky ride to freedom. The mine cart ride is one of the hold-your-breath moments in the Indiana Jones series that makes watching them such a joy even more than twenty years since their theatrical release.


Leap of Faith & The 3 Challenges from “The Last Crusade” (1989)

The stakes have likely never been higher for Indy than they are at the conclusion to “The Last Crusade.” With his father dying on the floor of the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, Indiana Jones must use the notes in his father’s diary to navigate the deadly traps en route to finding the Holy Grail – the one thing that can save Henry. The sequence of events is one of the most memorable in all of Indy’s adventures not only because of the innovative effects used in the traps themselves, but also because Harrison Ford is just so damn endearing. If you’ve seen “The Last Crusade” more than once and you don’t feel a little queasy and take a deep breath right before the Leap of Faith (just like Indy) does, there’s something wrong with you.


Flaming Heart Excision from “Temple of Doom” (1984)

I’m sure I’ll probably hear it from the hardcore Indy fans on this one, but I just have to say it: Mola Ram is my favorite villain in the entire series. His dynamic look, crazy voodoo ways, and the fact that he can literally hold a flaming, beating human heart in his creeptastic hands beats out every faceless Nazi we’ve seen in the series before (and after). Plus, the guy has a stronghold on the child labor in his temple and has them pounding on rocks all day to look for his precious stones. He’s evil to the core and there’s no better Mola Ram scene than the one where he rips out some poor soul’s heart with his bare hands and holds it high above his head until it erupts in flames. Sure, it’s a sacrifice for the Hindu goddess Kali, but I just call it stone cold villainy at its very best.


Opening the Ark from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)

If there’s a more iconic scene in all four of the Indian Jones film than the opening of the Ark of the Covenant, I’d love to hear what it is. Yes, there are plenty of awesome Indy moments, but this absolutely classic scene actually has Indy and Marion Ravenwood tied to a stake and holding their eyes shut for nearly the entire thing. It’s a testament to both the power of their relationship and their performances that we feel so much tension with them barely moving. And let’s not forget that this iconic scene also involves ghostly spirits flying from the Ark, lightning bolts zooming through Nazi soldiers, and (the coup de grâce) melting Nazi faces! All while Indy and Marion survive the ceremony by something as simple as keeping their eyes closed. Which just goes to show you that Indy always knows what to do.


“Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures” is available on Blu-ray now. If you want to get a peek at one of the bonus features from the collection, we’ve included a clip below.

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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