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What to watch this week on IFC: September 10 – 16

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September is kind of a weird month, you know? You’re not allowed to wear white shoes any more (so tuck those Reebok hightops away until next Memorial Day, guys), but it still feels like summer. September is basically trapped between summer and fall like a superhero who fell into a time portal or those villains from Krypton trapped in space in the OG Superman movies. The nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, but while you’re waiting for leaves to fall, we’re just trucking along putting awesome movies on television and waiting for Indie Screams to kick off in October.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Tonight at 8/7c we’re showing The Libertine where Johnny Depp plays a 17th-century Earl who could have (almost) put R. Kelly to shame with his ability to get some lovin’ from the ladies. The mackdaddy Earl gets freaky with an actress (Samantha Morton) before getting kicked out of the kingdom for angering the King (John Malkovich), not by lovin’ on his lady, but for throwing shade on the King’s court. To make matters worse, the Earl appears to have picked up a little social disease and unfortunately penicillin hasn’t been invented yet.

Tuesday

Just the name “Rambo” gets the adrenaline flowing and the heart beat racing, so watching Sylvester Stallone use his lethal skills to rescue a missionary (Julie Benz) and her crew from the Burmese army, pretty much counts as exercise. So go ahead and skip the gym and tune in tonight at 8/7c.

Wednesday

We’re showing Christopher Nolan’s atmospheric “The Prestige” tonight, because we know awesome movies when we see them. After an illusion goes tragically wrong, two 19th-century magicians (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale) engage in a bitter and potentially deadly rivalry. Obviously Jackman and Bale are incredibly talented actors who play their parts brilliantly, but the real reason to watch are to see Scarlett Johannssen (because: DUH) and David Bowie as weirdo scientist Nikola Tesla (because: also DUH). Tune in tonight at 8/7c for whatever reason you choose:

Thursday

Ethan Hawke stars as a rookie cop with a heart of almost-gold and an eye for corruption who gets teamed up with weathered veteran narcotics officer (Denzel Washington) who wants to include him in his schemes, in “Training Day.” Of course nothing is exactly as it seems and no one is squeaky clean in this cop drama. See for yourself at 8/7c.

Friday

Stanley Kubrik took a good old-fashioned auteur-style break from movie making, because he’s Kubrick and he can. He broke his movie-making fast with “Full Metal Jacket”, which we’re showing tonight at 8/7c. The film follows a platoon of marines (Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio) from basic training under a sadistic drill sergeant towards the gruesome realities of the Vietnam War in the 1968 Tet offensive. It’s a brilliant film that kids love. Just kidding! Don’t show this to kids. Keep it all to yourself.

Saturday

What better movie to watch on a Saturday afternoon than “Devil Doll”? We’re showing it at 4 p.m. ET because you couldn’t handle watching this movie in the dark of night because it’s too frightening. The film stars Bryant Haliday as a ventriloquist who hypnotizes a newsman’s (William Sylvester) girlfriend (Yvonne Romain) to put her soul in his dummy, Hugo. Then the dummy takes over and everything goes to hell.

Sunday

This Sunday you’ll want to thank the lord that you don’t have to sell your nice healthy organs on the dirty old black market to make your ends meet. Just watch “Dirty Pretty Things” at 4 ET/3 C to know how incredibly lucky you are that you get to work at, well, anywhere that isn’t the hotel where the receptionist (Sergi López) runs a racket where desperate immigrants each give up a kidney in exchange for a passport.

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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.