What to watch on IFC: November 19 – 25


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Screw the sweet potatoes! Forget the turkey! Don’t even start with the pilgrims and Indians. This week we’re thankful for nothing but R. Kelly, Trapped in the Closet and the second season of Whisker Wars. We’re spending Thanksgiving ignoring the family and watching back-to-back chapters of Trapped in the Closet, followed by Trapped in the Closet: The Deluxe Edition at 11. Then on Friday we’re spending the day waiting for the premiere of all new chapters of Trapped at 9/8c and staying tuned for the premiere of the second season of Whisker Wars at 10/9c.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


Fans of Captain Jean-Luc Picard will want to tune in to watch the first Star Trek: The Next Generation full-length movie, “Star Trek: First Contact” at 10:30 p.m. ET. Watch as Picard (Patrick Stewart), first mate Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and the others set off to stop the half-robot Borg from sabotaging a historic rocket flight in 2063. Resistance is futile, so tune in.


Nothing to make you thankful like watching others’ misfortunes. So tune in to watch “Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” at 10:15/9:15c. See how rural Texas cannibals do Thanksgiving totally wrongy by waylaying yuppie motorists (Kate Hodge, William Butler) driving from Los Angeles to Florida.


Soothe your holiday travel woes by fantasizing that Jason Statham is driving you to eat Aunt Sherry’s dry turkey or just watch “Transporter 3” at 8/7c or 10:15/9:15c. In the Luc Besson production, watch as mob courier Frank Martin (Jason Statham) and his a cynical Ukrainian woman (Natalya Rudakova), get shackled together with handcuffs that will explode if they wander too far from his car. Sounds like more fun than dinner at Aunt Sherry’s, eh?


Happy R. Kelly day! Happy Thanksgiving, too, but hurry up and polish off that turkey, slice up the pumpkin pie and settle down to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of Trapped in the Closet airing back-to-back all day, starting at 10 am/9 am C. Topping it all off like the gravy on the mashed potatoes is Trapped in the Closet: The Deluxe Edition at 11/10c. It’s a newly remastered and remixed edition of the saga from the very beginning.


Catch up on chapters 1- 22 of R. Kelly’s hip hopera Trapped in the Closet with Chapter 23, which you can watch below, before the saga continues with all new chapters tonight at 9/8c. Then stay tuned for the second season of Whisker Wars,which kicks off at 10/9c.

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Spend Saturday night nose deep in a graphic novel without ever picking up a book. We’re showing Frank Miller’s and Will Eisner’s “The Spirit” at 8/7c followed by Robert Rodriguez’s and Frank Miller’s “Sin City” at 10/9c.


In case you missed it, we’re showing Trapped in the Closet: Deluxe Edition again at 8/7c. It’s a newly remastered and remixed edition of R. Kelly’s bold hip hopera. Follow the saga from the very beginning of the humorous and dramatic journey through Chicago with an interesting cast of characters who are connected by a mysterious package.

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

USA Films/Everett Collection

Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

via Giphy

Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

Spider coke

Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

Bill Hader Jerry Wallach

With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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