What to watch this week on IFC: April 15 – 21


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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg star in “The Perfect Storm” at 10:45/9:45c. The film is based on the non-fiction book by Sebastian Junger, which follows the fishing vessel Andrea Gail as it heads out to sea in October 1991, and into the heart of a storm with hurricane-strength winds and 100-foot waves.


Its a double dose of action-comedy when we show “Lethal Weapon 2” and “Lethal Weapon 3” back-to-back starting at 8/7c. Watch as Mel Gibson and Danny Glover invent the Odd Couple buddy cop drama in their roles as the curmudgeonly Murtagh and live wire Riggs. In these installments of the popular franchise, the LAPD cops are joined by Joe Pesci as a long-suffering loud-mouth accountant and Rene Russo as an internal affairs detective wild enough to give Riggs a run for his money.


“Scream” screenwriter Kevin Williamson made his directorial debut with “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” a screwball black comedy in which an honor roll student (Katie Holmes) and two friends accidentally kidnap their teacher (Helen Mirren). With their futures threatened by false accusations of cheating, three teenagers take matters into their own hands. Want to find out what happens next? Tune in at 6/5c.


Shhhhh! We’re showing “Silent Hill” at 9:45/8:45c. Radha Mitchell stars as a woman searching for her missing daughter in a town that has been enveloped in a living darkness, against which the remaining humans fight a losing battle for survival. Filled with horrific nightmarish imagery sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Going so soon? The season finale of our animated series “Out There” airs tonight at 10/9c. In this final episode of the season, Jason Schwartzman, Ellen Page and Sarah Silverman guest star as the “cool kids” of the Yearbook Club, who notice Chad’s doodlings in class and want him to join their ranks. At first, Chad is happy to be invited into their inner circle but the Yearbook Club members quickly show their true colors.

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Spend Saturday night with R. Kelly. That’s right, drop your plans because we’re showing every chapter of “Trapped in the Closet.” Starting at 11:45pm/10:45C, we’re showing Chapters 1-33 of R. Kelly’s bold, inventive and occasionally wacky hip hopera which follows its memorable cast of characters on a humorous and dramatic journey through Chicago searching for a mysterious package. The complete saga features all of the chapters from parts 1, 2 and 3.

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“Escape From LA” with Kurt Russell when he reprises his role as one-eyed tough guy Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s dystopian action thriller. In this sequel to “Escape Form New York,” a massive earthquake has made an island out of Los Angeles. It becomes the official No Man’s Land to which those opposed to the country’s tyrannical, religious-fanatic President (Cliff Robertson) are exiled. After a powerful device that can shut down the world’s electronic systems ends up in the hands of some revolutionaries (courtesy of the Prez’s rebellious daughter), our eyepatch-wearing anti-hero is recruited to once again help the Commander in Chief get out of a jam.

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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:

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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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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

Tina Weymouth Keyboard
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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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