This week on IFC News:
On the podcast, we make our Oscar predictions, focusing on the less-discussed categories, but also going over the big ones. For the record, we’re thinking Scorsese and "The Departed," with the off chance of "Little Miss Sunshine" sneaking in as the underdog/popular favorite.
Dan Persons talks to director DaniÃ¨le Thompson about "Avenue Montaigne."
In the early ’90s, while the rest of the country watched "Saturday Night Live," awkward suburban teens in Amherst, NY were awed by "The State." Everyone knew Adam Sandler and the Hanukkah Song, but only the anointed few could sing "Porcupine Racetrack" until tears of laughter streamed down their pockmarked cheeks. "The State" was our show.
The actors have a revving ball, while their characters introduce a pre-Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon moviehead parlor game, which my wife and I long ago dubbed the "Apartment Zero" Game. Simply, one person names three actors from a film, the other must name the film. [Colin] Firth‘s neurotic dweeb beats out [Hart] Bochner‘s rangy hotshot every time, but the game quickly established an extra-cinematic life all its own.
And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.