Now that the season has changed for the better, we here at IFC are feeling the love and gearing up for a spring fling featuring seductive films to warm up the temperature, outdoors or in. Thursday, May 6th, kicking off at 8pm, tune in for a kinky office love affair in “Secretary,” starring recent Oscar nominee (for “Crazy Heart”) Maggie Gyllenhaal. And catch Kate Winslet and Geoffrey Rush in “Quills,” a period film about the Marquis de Sade, imprisoned but still writing his black markets books that were too racy to be published legally.
Plus, check out the unedited version of the sensuous “Wide Sargasso Sea,” and the original documentaries “Indie Sex: Extremes,” “Indie Sex: Censored” and “Indie Sex: Teens,” to learn everything you need to know about sex in cinema.
Later this month, IFC honors Memorial Day with a host of war films beginning Sunday, May 30th at 8pm, and all day Monday, May 31st. It all starts with Oliver Stone’s 1987 Oscar winning film “Platoon,” starring Charlie Sheen as a soldier facing distress after being recruited to the Vietnam War. The ensemble cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe.
Another Vietnam film, Joel Schumacher’s “Tigerland,” gave Colin Farrell his first leading role as a war-opposing recruit at a US training camp who tries to help soldiers get discharged. Also tune in for World War II dramas “The Good German,” starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett, “Days of Glory,” and “Black Book,” and classic films including “The Story of Women” and “Ballad of a Soldier.”
“The IFC Media Project” makes its returns in May with four all-new episodes, featuring news journalists from the New York Times, the Huffington Post and other national as well as international publications. The four-part series takes an inside look at fear, war, greed and disaster in the media. Don’t miss it every night at 8pm May 24th through May 27th.
Plus, every Sunday at noon you’ll be able to find a marathon of episodes from one of our series. On this month’s schedule: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” “Food Party,” “Modern Toss,” and “Dinner with the Band.”
PREMIERES THIS MONTH:
- CHAPTER 27 In the three days leading up to music legend John Lennon’s assassination on a New York City street, “Chapter 27” takes a look at how Mark David Chapman planned the infamous murder. Jared Leto gained 60 pounds for his role as Chapman. Also stars Lindsay Lohan. Premieres Wed 05/12/10 at 8:00PM.
- SHERRYBABY Maggie Gyllenhaal received much critical acclaim for her role as a mother who, after being released from prison, realizes trying to get her life back to normal is anything but easy. Premieres Sun 05/16/10 at 4:15PM.
- SAW This cult horror favorite that launched a franchise introduces us to the Jigsaw Killer, who uses torturous techniques while pitting people against each other so that one must eventually die. Stars Cary Elwes and Danny Glover. Premieres Sun 05/23/10 at 8:15PM.
- PROZAC NATION Based on the memoir of the same name, “Prozac Nation” follows a young woman who struggles with depression during her first year as a journalism major at Harvard. The cast includes Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange and Anne Heche. Premieres Fri 05/28/10 at 8:45PM.