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Wanna Get Nuts? Michael Keaton’s 10 Greatest Movie Freakouts

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No one can lose his mind on command quite like Michael Keaton. After all, the man has had a lot of practice. But his latest freakout will perhaps go down as his most famous of all time, as it was the one that helped him earn a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination. Before Hollywood’s big night, though, the Birdman star could earn another victory at the Spirit Awards. Before we find out if his latest manic movie moment earns him another victory at the ceremony, which airs LIVE on Sat, Feb 21 at 5p ET, we celebrate our 10 favorite Michael Keaton freakouts from the big screen.

10. “Fight Club,” Birdman

Michael Keaton walked away with a statuette at the Golden Globes and he’s up for Best Actor at the Oscars and the Spirit Awards, and he has this particular onscreen freakout to thank. There’s always at least one major moment that blows everyone away, and the combination of his mental breakdown and tumble with Edward Norton in his underwear easily earned that title.


9. “Let’s Get Nuts,” Batman

There have been many Batmans, but none could mentally go from zero to 60 at the drop of a hat like Keaton. And we mean from calm, cool and collected to “I’m about to lodge this fire poker through your skull if you don’t back off.” Sometimes when you’re trying to distract Jack Nicholson’s Joker, you have to lose your cool.


8. “Til Death Do Us Part,” Beetlejuice

Keaton’s entire performance as the iconic Beetlejuice is basically one freakout stretched out over the course of an hour-and-a-half, so it’s difficult to whittle this film down to just one epic moment. But that got us thinking: what makes normal men — you know, the none ghost-like — become stark-raving mad? Marriage! Which would then make Beetlejuice’s wedding scene with Winona Ryder one massive ball of anxiety.


7. “You Crossed The Line,” Pacific Heights

Keaton has never been more freaky than he was as the creepy apartment subletter in Pacific Heights. He became Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction meets Christian Bale in American Psycho, and his pop-out from behind the doorway made us completely lose control of our bowels. We know, we know — #TMI.


6. “I Love Pizza,” Multiplicity

What would you do if you discovered not one, not two, but three clones of yourself walking around your home and meddling with your life? You’d flip the f— out, right? So who can blame Keaton’s Doug for doing just that? However, our favorite part has to be when he meets Doug #4. Not only is the original Doug trying to keep it together, but the latest clone is going cuckoo for pizza.

5. “Investments My Ass,” Penthouse North

Rule #1 for when you come across a villainous Keaton: never tell him about any secret treasure that may or may not reside in your apartment. It’s like that old book we used to read as kids: If you give a Keaton a diamond, he’s gonna want more…and he’ll dangle you from the rooftop to get them.


4. “Go F— Yourself,” The Paper

There are those who pride themselves on their patience, but Keaton’s onscreen characters are usually not among them, especially not Henry Hackett. When the editor of a New York City-based newspaper is berated in a continuous stream of insults on the phone, he’s going to fight back, and the explosion will be cataclysmic.


3. “I’ll Straighten Out My Chair,” The Dream Team

As Christopher Lloyd learned the hard way, you don’t invade the personal space of a man and demand he fix his chair when said man has a raging anger management problem. Luckily, no one was hurt during the massive freakout that followed.(Well, save for the chair.) The only thing that’s more epic in this moment from The Dream Team is perhaps Keaton’s mullet


2. “I Am God,” Clean and Sober

Getting sober is no easy task for a recovering drug addict. But rehab, as Keaton depicts in the underrated Clean and Sober, is the perfect breeding ground for some rage fits. Hey, whatever makes the time go by faster and the pain more bearable, right?


1. “Is He Out?,” Desperate Measures

There was a reason McCabe, Keaton’s character in Desperate Measures, was locked away in confinement for so long: anything that could be turned into a blowtorch would be turned into a blowtorch. The only thing scarier is the actor’s rippling pectoral region. Some guys just shouldn’t have bulging muscles, and on Keaton, well, they make him look like a serial killer. Oh wait! That’s what he was going for.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.