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Opening This Week: October 20th, 2006

Opening This Week: October 20th, 2006 (photo)

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A round-up of the indie and indie-ish films opening in theaters this week.

“51 Birch Street”

Doug Block’s acclaimed documentary is about as personal as a film can get — it looks into his parents’ marriage when, after the death of his mother, his 83-year old father announces he’s moving to Florida to live with his secretary from 40 years before.

Opens in New York (official site).


After premiering at Tribeca last year and winning the John Cassavetes prize at the Independent Spirit Awards this year, “Conventioneers” finally gets its moment in the theaters. The film blends doc and narrative, telling the story of a romance between a Republican and a Democrat that was filmed during the tempestuous 2004 Republican National Convention in New York.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Flags of Our Fathers”

We love the smell of Oscars in the morning! Clint Eastwood’s re-enactment of the Battle of Iwo Jima is written by no less than the man who wrote and directed last year’s Best Picture winner “Crash”: Paul Haggis. Plus, who doesn’t love World War II? So straightforward!

Opens wide (official site).

“Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple”

Stanley Nelson’s doc promises never-before-seen footage from the Guyana-based Peoples Temple led by preacher Jim Jones, who led his hundreds of followers to mass suicide in 1978. Kool-Aid was never the same.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Marie Antoinette” [pictured]

The joys of decadent Versailles life are set to an 80s New Wave soundtrack in Sofia Coppola’s unconventional biopic, which premiered at Cannes to mixed reviews and a few reported boos (some critics found it a little fluffy). Kirsten Dunst stars as the titular queen and “let them eat cake” line denier.

Opens wide (official site).


This German film is based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, who in 1976 died following an exorcism. Michel’s life also inspired last year’s religiousy horror flick “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” — this promises to be in better taste.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Running With Scissors”

The dysfunctional family dramedy is pretty much its own genre these days — the latest title to add to the pile is this adaptation of Augusten Burroughs’ best-selling memoir, which has an amazing cast that includes Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and Alec Baldwin.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Sleeping Dogs Lie”

If you’ve even seen comedian Bobcat Goldthwait’s indescribable directorial debut “Shakes the Clown,” then you have some idea of what to expect (and we’ll see you at the theater!). Supposedly the sweetest movie centered on an act of bestiality ever, “Sleeping Dogs Lie” premiered with the title “Stay” at Sundance this year.

Opens in limited release (official site).

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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