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Missing Manohla.

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052305_yellowdogCannes is finally over, the awards have been given out (the Dardenne brothers, who’d a thunk it?), everyone is trickling on home and the gaze of thousands of journalistic eyeballs that were unblinkingly focused on hours of films turn away (to what, though? "Madagascar"? Visine?).

Though it’s merited some dead-on criticism, now that the New York Timesodd excursion into pseudo-blogging is over, we’re kind of sad. Possibly because it got kind of good at the end, what with Manohla name-checking Greencine Daily (David, did you blush?) and venting intelligently about Anne Thompson’s extremely frustrating Hollywood Reporter column on how US distributors don’t want to touch most of the Cannes films — it’s a familiar tale of Americans not having any interest in and not appreciating the auteurs who live here, that their films aren’t accessible enough, etc. Manohla responds:

Well, if these films are not "accessible" it is only because the American media and the American movie industry are together failing both film culture and the movie audience.

In another entry, she loves "Princess Raccoon" (which will be showing at the New York Asian Film Festival next month, yes!), despite Tony’s somehow falling asleep during the film. Actually, we’ve been enjoying the back and forth in these last few entries, in which both members of our intrepid duo have finally had time to read the other’s updates and address them, in approved Gray Lady style, as Mr. Scott and Ms. Dargis. A great improvement over whingeing about a lost cell phone.

Whatev. The aforementioned duo team up ("take the form of…an exhausted critic!") for a final, straightforward round-up back in the good old paper section of the New York Times. Other worthy, more opinionated takes: Jonathan Romney in the Independent on how all his expectations were proven wrong; Roger Ebert on "sweet dictator" Emir Kusturica‘s declaration of this festival as "a little bit less good" than expected, with many enigmatic quotes from the director; David Gritten in the Telegraph on the unavoidable undercurrent of political commentary in almost every film:

A colleague told me this week that he had lost count of films
containing scenes with a TV in the background, showing George Bush
speaking about Iraq. You get his point: such scenes are quick, easy
signifiers of a film’s relevance, as is the endless use of ethnic music
to signal a worthy, serious moment.

Peter Ford in the Christian Science Monitor writes about Hiner Saleem’s "Kilometre Zero" as a kind of anti-"Fahrenheit 9/11." And, via the BBC, the unnamed Mongolian shepherd dog in "The Cave of the Yellow Dog" wins that most coveted prize, the Palm Dog.

+ 58th Festival de Cannes Awards (Official site – PDF)
+ Cannes Journal (NY Times)
+ Cannes auteurs face hard-sell in states (HR)
+ Two Belgians Win Top Prize for Second Time (NY Times)
+ Don’t believe everything you read… (Independent)
+ Cannes verdict: A bit less good? (
+ Glamour and terror on the Croisette (Telegraph)
+ No ‘Fahrenheit,’ film depicts Iraq war as liberation (CS Monitor)
+ Palm Dog prize for mystery canine (BBC)


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…