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Ryan Reynolds Escapes Two “Buried” Indies, Samuel Fuller Freakouts and More New DVDs

Ryan Reynolds Escapes Two “Buried” Indies, Samuel Fuller Freakouts and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“Buried”
Directed by Rodrigo Cortes
Released by Lionsgate

“Paper Man”
Directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney
Released by MPI Home Video

While one can’t feel too badly for the future “Green Lantern” star and People‘s sexiest man alive, Ryan Reynolds’ two stabs at glory outside the beaten path went largely unseen, which is particularly a shame in the case of Rodrigo Cortes’ “Buried,” the thriller where Reynolds has no acting partner but a cell phone as a military contractor who finds himself trapped in a coffin with no knowledge of how or why he got there. A success at Sundance, Lionsgate scrapped expansion plans for the film when it didn’t do well in limited release, so home video will be the first chance for many to catch it. Still, that was a considerably bigger success than “Paper Man,” which snuck in and out of theaters in the spring despite its big name cast. The dramedy features Reynolds as the imaginary superhero pal of Jeff Daniels’ struggling writer, whose writer’s block and desire to leave a mark on the world also leads to befriending a teen (Emma Stone) he takes a spark to – it’s also available on VOD. (My interview with Cortes and Reynolds is here.)

“Animal Kingdom”
Directed by David Michôd
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Currently riding high on an Oscar push for the film’s duplicitous matriarch Jacki Weaver after having won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition, David Michôd’s moody directorial debut stars Ben Mendelsohn as the 17-year-old nephew of a well-known Melbourne underworld figure who attempts to break away from his family’s criminal ways, with the help of a possibly crooked cop (Guy Pearce). (Alison Willmore’s interview with Michôd is here.)

“Army of Crime”
Directed by Robert Guédiguian
Released by Lorber Films

Simon Abkarian and Virginie Ledoyen play the couple at the center of a revolt against the Nazi occupation in this historical epic from French director Robert Guédiguian.

“Checking Out”
Directed by David Leland
Released by Image Entertainment

Long before “Paper Man,” Jeff Daniels was having a midlife crisis in this Joe Eszterhas-penned comedy from 1989 about a man whose young neighbor dies setting him off into a panic.

“The Dogfather”
Directed by Richard Boddington
Released by Image Entertainment

Chris Parnell stars in this comedy about a family man who takes in an orphaned bulldog for his son, not knowing that the dog swallowed the ring of a mob boss, who sends two goons to get it back.

01172011_DownTerrace.jpg“Down Terrace”
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

Like “Animal Kingdom,” Brit director Ben Wheatley’s directorial debut is a crime thriller concerning a family of criminals, but far funnier when a father and son are released from prison and try to find their proper place within both their immediate family and their other one. (My short review from Fantastic Fest is here.)

“Eichmann”
Directed by Robert Young
Released by Entertainment One

British helmer Robert Young recounts the final hours of Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann (Thomas Kretschmann) after he is captured by Argentine authorities and sent to Israel where he is interrogated by a young officer (Troy Garity) before he’s set to be executed. “Run Lola Run” star Franka Potente plays the officer’s wife.

“El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances”
Directed by Amy French
Released by Cinema Libre Studio

Odd couple George Lopez and Norman Lear both lend their name as executive producers to Amy French’s mockumentary about Juan (Spencer John French), a Beverly Hills-born Caucasian who is taken in by a Latino family at the age of three and groomed to become a successful singer/songwriter in the Tejano music mold. Danny Trejo makes an appearance as Juan’s stepfather while Lupe Ontiveros plays his adoptive mother in this comedy inspired by the Frenches’ experience of growing up in Echo Park.

“Freakonomics”
Directed by Seth Gordon, Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney, Eugene Jarecki, and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

An group of documentary all-stars including “Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock, “Client 9” director Alex Gibney, “Why We Fight” director Eugene Jarecki and “Jesus Camp” helmers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady take on this adaptation of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s bestselling tome on unusual economic realities, from Spurlock’s segment on the relationship between naming your child and financial prosperity and Ewing and Grady’s look at incentive-based education. (Evan Narcisse’s interview with producer Seth Gordon is here.)

01172011_JackGoesBoating.jpg“Jack Goes Boating”
Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

For his directorial debut, Hoffman adapted Bob Glaudini’s 2007 LAByrinth Theater Company production for celluloid, putting in pals John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega to reprise their roles as a married couple that sets up their wannabe Rastafarian friend (Hoffman) with a fellow pothead (Amy Ryan). (Alison Willmore’s review of the film is here.)

“Lebanon”
Directed by Samuel Maoz
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

A Golden Bear winner at Venice, Samuel Maoz’s autobiographical potboiler illustrates the blood and tears that have gone towards achieving a hard-won truce, as he follows in the footsteps of fellow former soldier Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir” in detailing the endless hours of sweating out the First Lebanon War in a tank as a gunner in the Israeli military.

“Married Men and Single Women”
Directed by Steven Drayton
Released by Maverick Entertainment Group

Think Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” for Steven Drayton’s drama about three couples facing the impact of infidelity on their relationships.

“The Naked Kiss” and “Shock Corridor”
Directed by Samuel Fuller
Released by The Criterion Collection

Sold separately, Criterion already released two of Samuel Fuller’s finest films of the 1960s, but is updating them both in Blu-ray and with new Daniel Clowes’ covers as well as a new supplements including a fresh interview with star Constance Towers on both “The Naked Kiss” and “Shock Corridor,” in addition to much more.

“Running Wild”
Directed by Duncan McLachlan
Released by Screen Media Films

This 1992 Brooke Shields drama finally sees the light of day on DVD, tracking a television reporter (Shields) who travels to South Africa where she meets a documentarian (Martin Sheen) who has spent over a decade watching and protecting a family of cheetahs.

“Sins of My Father”
Directed by Nicolas Entel
Released by Maya Home Entertainment

Director Nicolas Entel tells the story of a son trying to escape the shadow of his father — who happens to be Pablo Escobar. Sebastián Marroquín, now 32, recounts life growing up with the legendary drug lord as a dad and even seeks out out the children of some of those his father murdered in order to bring some closure to the victims.

01172011_Stone.jpg“Stone”
Directed by John Curran
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

A retiring parole officer (Robert De Niro) gets the most trying case of his career when the wife (Milla Jovovich) of a convict, whose sentence is up for review, attempts to seduce him in John Curran’s drama that got short shrift back in the fall after its distributor was sold. (My review of the film and Matt Singer’s interview with Norton are here.)

“Takers”
Directed by John Luessenhop
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

T.I., Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy and Hayden Christensen star as a gang of thieves whose latest armored car robbery leads a pair of cops (Matt Dillon and Jay Hernandez) to finally track them down and bring them to justice. Even with real stunts and a star-studded crew, the main attraction, however, is Christensen’s porkpie hat.

“Triggerman”
Directed by Giulio Base
Released by Lionsgate

Paul Sorvino and Terence Hill head to the Wild, Wild West for this western about a gambling tournament that is rudely interrupted by a wily gunslinger.

“The Virginity Hit”
Directed by Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

“The Last Exorcism” writers Botko and Gurland blur the line between reality and fiction with this raunchy sex comedy produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay about three friends who are trying to help their friend get laid for the first time.

[“Down Terrace,” Magnolia Pictures, 2010; “Jack Goes Boating” and “Stone,” Overture Films, 2010]

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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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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.

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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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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…

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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