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What to watch on IFC tonight: “Bound” with Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly

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Tonight at 8/7c we are showing “Bound,” starring Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as an ex-con and a mob moll who hatch a plan to steal $2 million in dirty money and run off together. At first glance, “Bound” plays like a typical film noir with dramatic camera angles, dramatic dialogue and even more dramatic score, but watch it again and you’ll see that “Bound” is a lot more than that.

When the movie came out, many people ponied up the ticket price just for the steamy love scenes between Tilly and Gershon, but in some ways, “Bound” may actually be the benchmark for LGBTQ (if you don’t know what that means spend more time in Portlandia) cinema. Scott Tobias makes a good case for it over at The AV Club anyway. While Andy and Lana (or rather Larry, at the time) Wachowskis’ film is both noir-ish and steamy, the violent and highly stylized neo-noir thriller throws genre conventions for quite the loop, including casting a same-sex couple as the star-crossed thieving lovers. Their production values and innovative camera work updates the noir genre with a sleekly modern twist, which calls to mind the work of the Coen Brothers with tense plot twists, intense pacing and carefully executed timing. While “Bound” was the Wachowskis’ debut, it’s clear that they knew their way around a film set. It’s no surprise that their next film was the much (much) larger story of Neo in “The Matrix.”

Watch the trailer for “Bound” then tune in tonight at 8/7c:

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“Bound” airs on IFC tonight at 8/7c and on Monday, Jan. 7 at 10:15 PM ET

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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