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Five obnoxious Troy Duffy quotes.

Five obnoxious Troy Duffy quotes. (photo)

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This week saw the, er, proud return of Troy Duffy, writer/director of 1999’s Boston-set cult favorite “The Boondock Saints,” about the stylish side of vigilante violence, and its new sequel “Boondock Saints II,” which arrives in theaters today. Duffy’s also the resentful subject of 2003’s “Overnight,” a fascinating 2003 documentary-as-showbiz-cautionary-tale that showcases how he’s not one of those people to whom modesty and introspection come naturally.

In the process of making “Boondock,” Duffy managed to alienate a lot of people by being boorish, self-aggrandizing and effectively worshiping at the altar of his own ego. “Overnight” was beyond biased in depicting these things, but co-directors Tony Montana and Brian Mark Smith show you exactly why they went that route: they have Duffy on camera swearing he’s not going to pay them what he originally promised. Ten years later, Duffy’s out on the press circuit, and the one message coming through loud and clear in his interviews is that the man’s learned nothing in the interim about keeping his mouth shut. Here are five choice cuts from recent Q&As:

1. On the question of whether or not the brothers MacManus’ actions promote vigilante gunplay: “You like ’em, great, you don’t, go f*ck yourself. That’s why when people say, ‘It seems to condone vigilantism.’ Well, to you. There’s a whole bunch of other people that feel differently about it. There’s people that just look at this as a complete f*ckin’ fantasy RIDE, you know?”ComingSoon.
This is how to have your cake and scarf it down obnoxiously too. His movies don’t condone vigilantism: they’re just fantasies about how awesome it is, without any real-world feelings attached. And he’s got an army to support him, so clearly you are wrong if you disagree.

2. “Smoking is cool, and everyone knows it.”Movieline.
This would be funnier if I thought Duffy was kidding. But he’s not a kidder.

3. “This movie was effectively abandoned by Hollywood. Had it been given a chance, it would’ve been a gigantic fucking hit. That is no longer a matter of opinion.”IFC.
What Duffy means is that the movie probably made between $50-60 million on DVD in the US (depending on who you ask) and more abroad. What he’s actually saying is that his movie is objectively “Pulp Fiction,” and it’s not.

4. “This movie was virtually abandoned, and the kids found it. They made it their own thing, and they didn’t really give a sh*t what critics said. And they started protecting the film on the Internet. Every time you see a bad comment about Boondock, the next ten comments are Boondock fans calling that guy a douchebag.”Cinematical.
Note the self-righteousness of “the kids” (a phrase that comes up a lot in Duffy interviews) — very The Who in 1965, when the kids were alright, and they found something that, like, spoke to them man, and Poindexter over there could just suck it. Also, it’s a good thing that internet comment boards are full of people calling others douchebags. Believe.

5. “Ultimately, I think females are just sick and tired of the ‘let’s share,’ sensitive male the movies have been feeding them.”Philadelphia Daily News. This is common conservative meme (see the indelible Yervand Kocher on indie film: “Movies lost their masculinity and femininity and became comfortably metrosexual”). At the end of the day, Duffy’s quite comfortable with saying his movie’s just for laughs while playing to the most reactionary impulses of his fanbase by proving — on film — that your girlfriend really does love watching football with your friends as much as you do and, given her druthers, is all about watching manly men shoot guns and eat nachos. And also we’re taking back the culture from the wusses!

[Photo: “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day,” Stage 6 Films, 2009]

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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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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

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Dream Of The ’90s

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No You Go

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A-O River!

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One More Episode

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

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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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