This week on tardy IFC News:
It’s actually quite similar in France, though when you do a TV show, you’re terrified because the host might insult you. It’s in fashion right now that the host, to make the show cool, will trash you to the ground. I go to shows in France literally shaking in terror, and I’m never scared of anything like that because people are usually civilized, even if they don’t like the film. I’m not even scared of criticism, but when they lash at you, it’s terrifying. I’m always lucky somehow, but it’s happened to a lot of other artists. It’s publicity for their work, so I guess it’s worth it. But if I knew someone was going to say horrible things to me, I wouldn’t go. I have to say that in America, journalists are nicer and more respectful. They can be in France, but some are not always nice. Like the French, they’re not very nice people in general. [laughs] I actually love France. It is my country of birth, it’s a lot of fun, and even when people are grumpy, it makes me laugh.
In honor of Bergman and Antonioni, we’ve pulled ten varied references to their films from the pop culture ether, from "Blow Out" to Monty Python to Caetano Veloso to, yes, "Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey."
This was not Disney’s brand of cute, anthropomorphic pratfall: this was animation unfettered by logic or even easily readable humor, an activating volcanic id of Surrealistic connections and bizarre transformations, inappropriate musical numbers and racist ker-splats, hyperbolic dream visions and often startling brutality.
As a sidebar to last week’s list with Nerve.com on the 50 greatest sex scenes and so on, we spend this week’s podcast going over certain cast-offs that were too memorable to let go unmentioned. Let’s call it the "Most Disturbing Sex Scenes of All Time," shall we?
Matt Singer reviews "Rocket Science": "[Reece] Thompson gives one of the best performances of the year. He’s like Harry Altman, the fast-talking, bad-joke-cracking kid in ‘Spellbound’ pulled inside out: all the awkwardness, none of the showmanship."
And as always, Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.