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16 Movies that Share the Same Title and Not Much Else

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Every once in a while you will see a trailer for a movie whose name instills a sense of déjà vu because you’ve seen it before, even though the new movie isn’t a reboot. This lazy film phenomenon doesn’t happen often but when it does, usually the two movies have nothing in common. The movies below all share the same name and (spoiler alert!) Mr. Magoriam’s Wonder Emporium is not on this list.

16. Hot Pursuit (1987) and 15. Hot Pursuit (2015)

Judging from the previews of the Reese Witherspoon/Sophia Vergara opposites forced together/buddy cop/chase movie Hot Pursuit, it looks they are trying to recreate the success of the movie The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, except with more jokes about aging and feminine hygiene “lady business.” (Definitely a project Witherspoon should have made a Midnight Run away from.)

Hot Pursuit shares the same name as a 1987 comedy starring John Cusack as a college student who misses a flight to join his girlfriend and her family on a Caribbean vacation. He spends the majority of the movie trying to catch up to them and, naturally, some ‘80s wackiness ensues. This movie actually has some funny moments and is noteworthy for Ben Stiller in a small role as a dumb, young bad guy way before his part in Dodgeball. Plus, it’s got one crucial thing his year’s Hot Pursuit lacks — Robert Loggia.


14. Bad Boys (1983) and 13. Bad Boys (1995)

Will Smith’s career was just taking off when he teamed with Martin Lawrence in their version of Lethal Weapon, and the popularity of the movie with fans in 1996 earned them a prestigious MTV Movie Award nomination for Best On-Screen Duo (although they rightfully lost to the magic that was Farley Spade in Tommy Boy).

Years before the song “Parents Just Don’t Understand” was even a dream in Will Smith’s head, Bad Boys was an appropriately titled movie about tough teens trying to get through their stint in juvie. Sean Penn plays a bad boy who ends up ruling the roost in this classic cult movie, with the help of a pillow case full of soda cans.


12. The Avengers (1998) and 11. The Avengers (2012)

In 2012, Marvel Studios’ The Avengers was the biggest blockbuster superhero movie of this century and the reason this post-aughts era will most likely be known in the future as “The Age of Ultron.”

There was, however, another movie also named The Avengers that came out in 1998 and was based on the 1960s British spy series of the same name. Ralph Fiennes is definitely more dapper in a top hat than Mark Ruffalo is in stretchy jeans but Uma Thurman’s skintight outfit is actually not that far off from Scarlett Johansen’s Black Widow. But that’s where the similarities end between the two movies. Unlike the Hulk-sized blockbuster that was Marvel’s The Avengers, the 1998 film bombed big time, making only $48 million worldwide, a gross earning so low, Tony Stark would consider it chump change.


10. Kicking and Screaming (1995) and 9. Kicking and Screaming (2005)

Will Ferrell can usually do no wrong when it comes to all things funny, but surprisingly, even he couldn’t bring too many laughs to 2005’s Kicking and Screaming, where our favorite goofball was pitted against his hardass father as the two duke it out as pee-wee coaches to their kids’ soccer teams. (Ferrell’s father, played by Robert Duvall, has remarried and has a son the same age as his own grandson). Duvall’s character shows all the warmth of The Great Santini (pun intended) and the kid-friendly movie is just as hard for adults to like. Although, there is something to be said about a movie that gives its funniest lines to Iron Mike Ditka.

While the title Kicking and Screaming is used very literally in the movie about soccer coaches fighting, it has a little more subtle meaning in the 1995 indie film that launched the directing career of Noah Baumbach. Over a decade before mumblecore became a thing, Baumbach put his stamp on the slacker indie film genre as Kicking and Screaming captured that feeling, you know the one, of finally graduating from college and then fighting like hell to stay there before life drags you off into adulthood.


8. Twilight (1998) and 7. Twilight (2008)

Everybody in the world knows the plot of the Twilight saga, so we won’t bother rehashing that one. But there once was another Twilight film, a neo-noir detective thriller made in 1998 that didn’t do well at the box office, as it was even slower-paced than the vampire Twilight. It was however packed with quite an impressive cast. Any film that stars Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman is at least worth a second look on cable one afternoon.


6. Project X (1987) and 5. Project X (2012)

Project X might seem like an odd title for a high school party movie, reason being that the title was actually a working title that stuck as it helped market this movie to the teen/college guy crowd, who helped it make a surprising amount of money. The events of the ultimate party unfold from the point of view of a video camera used by one of the partygoers. With its handheld, found footage look, Project X seems like it’s going for a cross between The Blair Witch Project and Superbad. 

Never to be confused with 2012’s Project X is 1987’s Project X, a sci-fi drama in which Matthew Broderick is assigned to work on a top secret Air Force project that performs experiments on chimps. This Project X is more like Rise of the Planet of the Apes meets Silkwood than a teen party sex comedy. Plus, a highly communicative chimp was more believable at the time than Matthew Broderick as an Air Force pilot.


4. Rush (1991) and 3. Rush (2013)

2013’s Rush is a Ron Howard-helmed drama that captures the non-stop action, macho rivalries and epic hairstyles of 1970s auto racing. Chris Hemsworth plays the cool British driver, James Hunt, with the long blonde hair and Daniel Bruhl is great as the Austrian rival, whose name most women will never remember since they came to see Chris Hemsworth.

There is another kind of rush besides adrenaline and in the 1991 film Rush, which also takes place in the ‘70s. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric play cops who go way too deep undercover as they try and take down a local drug lord. The film contains some intense sequences and earned rave reviews for its depiction of drug addiction. (Jason Patric successfully hides his Lost Boys good looks under his Al Pacino-as- Serpico beard.) It’s tough to say which Rush is the better film, but with Gregg Allman playing a Texas drug dealer, the real question is: how did the producers hold back from naming the 1991 Rush, “Whipping Post” instead?

2. Crash (1996) and 1. Crash (2004)

Perhaps the gold standard of movies that share the same title yet have absolutely nothing in common, this pair has likely caused much confusion in the home rental market. If one were to, say, watch 1998’s Crash thinking they were getting the Oscar-winning Matt Dillon/Don Cheadle drama about race relations, they would instead get a twisted tale couples who take the phrase “autoerotic” quite literally.

Interestingly enough, both films proved to be controversial in their time. David Cronenberg’s 1998 Crash drew controversy for its racy mix of sex and violent car crash imagery. (It forever became known as the movie where James Spader makes sweet love to Rosanna Arquette’s leg scar.) Flash forward to 2004, when Paul Haggis’ Crash becomes a surprise Best Picture winner, beating out the more critically-favored Brokeback Mountain. Both movies also feature scenes with cars. And that’s about the extent of their similarities.

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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.