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10 great “Lethal Weapon” movie moments

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Oh, Mel Gibson. How much do we miss the days when we could like you without reservation? These days, the anger/drink/evil issues make it hard to care about what you do anymore, but in the halcyon days of yore, you were a blast to watch. Sure, “Mad Max” made you famous, but it was Richard Donner’s high-octane “Lethal Weapon” series that made us love you. Since it was before you went crazy, we’re still allowed to like watching you just playing crazy as Martin Riggs, the suicidal cop on the edge who makes “too old for this shit” cop Roger Murtaugh’s life a lot more dangerous. While IFC is showing all four of the “Lethal Weapon” movies in February, here are 10 funny moments from the whole franchise to remind you why you should watch them.


1. THE DRUG BUST

Riggs is nuts. How do we know he’s nuts? Because he tries to pay for a massive truckload of cocaine with a hundred dollars, and then begs all his brothers in blue to fire at will even though he’s sure to be caught in the crossfire. This fairly well establishes the aforementioned nutsness of Martin Riggs in the first and most intense “Lethal Weapon.”


2. MURTAUGH MEETS RIGGS

Roger Murtaugh is a veteran cop dealing with burnout and feeling like he’s aging out of the job. Plus, he’s dealing with the strange case of Amanda Hunsaker (and on a personal note, this is one of the very few films to actually use my last name, and I dig that about it) and he really doesn’t want to have to break in a new partner. When that partner turns out to be the scruffy ruffian Riggs, it does the opposite of making his day.


3. THE JUMP

How do you talk a guy off the ledge? Well, you sure as hell don’t sent Martin Riggs to do it, even if he does get the job done with a disturbing efficiency. Of course, he doesn’t really do it by talking. He joins the guy in the jump. Because that’s how he rolls.


4. GARY BUSEY HATES CHRISTMAS

Oh yeah, that’s right, perhaps the only guy crazier than Mel Gibson is also in this movie – Mr. Busey himself plays Mr. Joshua, the right hand man of Mitchell Ryan’s creepy bad guy. When Mr. Joshua stalks Murtaugh’s home and finds a television playing a Christmas special, the outburst is pure Busey.


5. THE TOILET BOMB

In “Lethal Weapon 2,” we get perhaps the most intense scene that can be created around a guy taking a crap. It turns out somebody had bombed Murtaugh’s toilet, and thus he’s in the extremely humiliating position of dealing with the bomb squad with his pants around his ankles. This is the kind of thing nobody would ever live down.

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Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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