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Boondocks, Babysitters and Broncos

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A Halloween week surprisingly light on horror sees instead some romantic dust-ups, courtroom showdowns and an epic battle of egos waged across the vast cosmic expanse of time and space.

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While much of Bollywood’s output has a touch of the fantastical, this contemporary adaptation of the classic fairytale cranks things up to a whole new level. The latest from Indian director Sujoy Ghosh, this romantic fable finds Ritesh Deshmukh as the eponymous hero, a ne’er-do-well bullied by local thugs whose life transforms when his childhood crush gives him a magic lamp containing a genie (Amitabh Bachchan). Eager to be released from his teapot-shaped prison for good, the fast-talking trickster pressures our befuddled hero to make wishes until things turn ugly when the lamp’s former occupant (Sanjay Dutt) shows up. In Hindi with subtitles.
Opens in limited release.

“Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”
Despite running on a mere handful of screens for just a single week during its theatrical release a decade ago, former bartender-turned-writer/director Troy Duffy’s hard-boiled crime thriller about a pair of Boston brothers-turned-vigilantes has attained cult status, in spite of continued derision from many confused critics. While Willem Dafoe has bowed out, Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus are back as the McManus brothers, who come out of hiding in Ireland to return to their old stomping grounds when they discover they’ve been framed for the murder of a local priest.
Opens in limited release.

“The Fall”
Brotherly love is put to the test in this brooding psychological thriller, the feature debut from commercial director John Krueger. Scott Kinworthy co-stars as a hotshot D.A. on the fast track to the governor’s office until his black sheep younger brother Tony (Benjamin Ciaramello) is arrested for a murder of a priest (apparently in vogue this week). As he uncovers evidence that will clear Tony, but will certainly spell the end to his own career, Frank finds himself in an impossible position. Perhaps he should call the Boondock Saints.
Opens in Los Angeles.

“Gentlemen Broncos”
Along with his wife and writing partner Jerusha, Idaho native Jared Hess has evolved into a valiant champion of nerds and underachievers everywhere, and now proudly marches off into yet another dimension with this psychedelic tale of interplanetary ineptitude. Hess’ third directorial outing finds Benjamin (Michael Angarano), an aspiring fantasy writer picking up the shattered pieces of his dream from a sticky convention suite carpet after his favorite author and hero, Dr. Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement), steals his manuscript and publishes it under his own name. Sam Rockwell co-stars as the title character in two versions of the plagiarized book in question.
Opens in limited release.

“The House of The Devil”
Besides moonlighting recently here at with the vampire dating series “Dead & Lonely,” Ti West has been earning raves for this defiantly lo-fi throwback to ’80s horror flicks. Based on a series of “unexplained true events” (which, these days, sadly carries more threat than promise), West’s nod to Roman Polanski’s “Apartment” trilogy and films like “Burnt Offerings” sees a bright-eyed but cash-poor college girl (Jocelin Donahue) respond to an ad for a babysitter. She winds up experiencing all sorts of strange occurrences in the creepy Victorian house of an even creepier couple (Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov) on the eve of a lunar eclipse. Oh, and there’s no baby, either.
Opens in limited release.

“How to Seduce Difficult Women”
…Nah, too easy. Contrary to what the title might suggest, this is sadly not the Frank T.J. Mackey spinoff that fans of P.T. Anderson’s “Magnolia” have long been hoping for, although the general idea isn’t far off, if a touch more benign. The writing/directing debut for indie producer Richard Temtchine, this good-natured romantic dramedy finds the impossibly named Louis-Do de Lencquesaing in the role of Philippe, a cross-continental Casanova who takes ten crass American men under his wing to school them in the art of seduction, a course that will ultimately test his own game to its very limits.
Opens in New York.

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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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