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Five Reasons We Need a Bane Movie Now

Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

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“The Dark Knight Rises,” now in seventh place on the all time box office charts with a global gross of over a billion dollars, would have not been as successful if not for the audacity of Batman’s antagonist. Already Bane is one of the great antiheroes in the history of film, hijacking social media conversations throughout the summer. Joel Schumacher almost singlehandedly ruined Bane with his campy, banal interpretation of the thoroughly intriguing DC supervillain. Chris Nolan’s Bane, however, the dark knight nemesis in this summer’s blockbuster, all but stole the movie away from Batman with his commitment to the cause of pure, unmitigated evil.

Bane is the ultimate anti-hero. The comparisons to Darth Vader are not wholly without merit — both wear respirators, both men are deliciously evil. And like Vader, Bane – and Bane-isms on social media – has taken on a life of his own. But there are so many questions about Bane left unanswered at the end of “The Dark Knight Rises.” We need to go back, “Memento”-style, to fully understand Bane, a villain that is quite frankly worth fully understanding. Here are five reasons why we need a Bane movie for some closure.


The Origin

What about Bane’s backstory? Bane was created in the early 90s, the son of a revolutionary who was sentenced to some Caribbean prison from birth as punishment for his father’s crimes against the dictatorship. Chris Nolan and David Goyer’s Bane, however, is slightly different than the comic book character.

Bane’s origin in the film, unfortunately, was left on the cutting room floor. Although Bane’s origin is alluded to by way of Talia al Ghul’s in Dark Knights Rises, a Bane movie would offer a more fully fleshed out portrait of this fascinating and mysterious monster. When Dark Knight Rises begins, Bane is already an established world-class mercenary inspiring fear and an intense loyalty among his men. How did he come to achieve so much respect from such battle-hardened men? That, future Untitled-Bane-Project director, would be a story worth telling.

Is Bane animated by political ideals? Clearly Bane played a part in some dodgy wars overseas. This was part of his seasoning; this was probably how he gained his army and his reputation. But in which theaters of war was Bane a player? And how did he distinguish himself? Philosophically, Bane appears – at face value at least — to share much in common with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Is this simply demagoguery on his part? Does Bane use Occupy vocabulary merely to manipulate the crowd? Or is Bane actually anti-capitalist; opposed to not just Bruce Wayne, but all that the billionaire represents as a man. And if Bane is indeed an enemy of democratic capitalism, how did he get to be so? Rotting in a Third World prison might, perhaps, have something to do with that. Backstory, please.


The League of Shadows

What is Bane’s stake in the League of Shadows? How did Bane actually acquire that fighting style? Of that fighting style, Tom Hardy told Empire magazine:

“It is brutal and military. It’s more military in many ways. MMA [Mixed Martial Arts] is very athletic. It’s an athlete’s sport. And you’ve got your Krav Maga and whatnot from Bourne, the Bourne world. Very tight movement, very contained but aimed to kill. To kill, do you know what I mean? And maim. Then you’ve got the Keysi lot that Batman does I suppose, which is a lot of elbow business. But Bane is brutal. It’s not about fighting. It’s about just carnage with Bane …Bane’s a superhero villain. So that’s what the violence is there to imply, and the style is heavy handed, heavy footed.”

He was also trained as an assassin. Bane told Batman that he was initiated into the League of Shadows. Bane, in his first confrontation with the Bat, hinted that his mission in Gotham was also partly fuelled by that their mutual association with that organization. It is a personal grudge. But Bane’s actual relationship with the League – and Ra’s al-Ghul – remains, even after the closing credits, murky.


Bane-isms

“Calm down, Doctor! Now’s not the time for fear. That comes later.” Bane, quite frankly, is one of the greatest motivational speakers since Tony Robbins, only more terrifying by a factor of ten. “You think darkness is your ally – but I was born in it!” His Baneisms, recited with much gusto, had me – and many of my friends – quoting him, admiringly, for days afterwards. I am not alone. Twitter, in the weeks following the film, was filled with Bane motivational quotes. If only for more crisply delivered one liners of pure evil, we need a Bane movie. Make this happen now.


Bane and Gotham

How did Bane, quite literally, conquer Gotham’s underworld? In “The Dark Knight Rises,” we are introduced to Bane by way of his use of orphans – shades of child soldiers? — in the sewers of Gotham. Bane’s use of children sets a cynical, almost Dickensian tone. But how did he build his small army? How did Bane get away with essentially stealing the city’s orphans from under the eye of the Gotham City Police Department for his own workforce? Did Bane have competition? Gotham – at least in the comics – has a very competitive and ruthless underworld. It is hard to imagine that Bane did not face some conflict. How did Bane become king of the sewers, lord of the night?


Talia and Bane

Finally: Bane and Talia. They have a strange, complex relationship. Even more interesting and layered than Bruce and Selina Kyle or Bruce and Talia are Bane and Talia. The loving and familiar manner in which Talia al-Ghul, for example, fixes Bane’s broken respirator at the end of the movie can only be properly construed as some kind of tenderness. Such tenderness, when exhibited by hyper-violent and thoroughly ruthless individuals motivated by revenge, vexes. What does love between evil people look like? It looks, dear reader, like a Bane movie.

Would you like to see a Bane movie? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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