Win IFC’s The Spoils Before Dying on DVD

If you appreciate the finer (read: funnier) things in life, then you likely spent part of last summer watching IFC’s miniseries, The Spoils Before Dying. The six-episode comedy was “adapted” from reclusive “author” Eric Jonrosh’s (Will Ferrell) “acclaimed novel” about a 1950s musician who gets caught up in a dangerous…

What show were you most upset to see left off this year’s Best Of TV list?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The Spoils Before Dying: “The Trip Trap”/“The Biscuit Eaters”

Like a string instrument, The Spoils Before Dying relies on tension to make its music. (Is this a bad time to talk about the strings album? It’s a goldmine, Rock, everyone does one.) The joke lives in the tension between our preconceptions of a streetwise mystery and the absurdity unfolding onscreen. It lives in the…

The Spoils Before Dying: “Murder In B-Flat”/“Blues For Barnaby”

Eric Jonrosh (Will Farrell), the author, producer, director, composer, and host of The Spoils Before Dying, dwells in excess. Whether he’s bellowing for a glass of his contractually promised wine while a full glass sits next to him on the table or stuffing bites of hamburger down his gullet as he introduces his…

The Spoils Before Dying improves on its predecessor almost too much

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Eric Jonrosh is back, introducing another “filmitization,” as he terms it, of one of his highly (self)-regarded novels. The Spoils Before Dying is a second outing of intentionally terrible filmmaking from creators and writers Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele (writer of Will Ferrell’s other conceptual goofs Casa De Mi…

IFC’s trailer for The Spoils Before Dying: jazz, mystery, and Maya Rudolph’s ghost

If you’ve seen The Spoils Of Babylon, IFC’s parody of cheesy soap opera miniseries, then you already know just how ridiculous everything got. Well, it looks like mysterious author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell) is back, and ready to unleash another masterpiece of overheated bloviating upon the world. The Spoils Before…

Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Haley Joel Osment in for Spoils Of Babylon follow-up

IFC’s The Spoils Of Babylon, a parody of overwrought TV miniseries, returns this summer with a sequel set in the seedy world of jazz, the parody of music, and it’s bringing a lot of the same cast back with it. In addition to Will Ferrell’s Orson Welles-in-the-frozen-peas-of-his-life caricature Eric Jonrosh, returning…