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Sweet, sweet musical.

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Susan Sarandon says "You know you've got it if it makes you feel good."A little blob in Saturday’s LA Times announces the launch of "Silence! The Musical," a, yes, musical based on, yes, "Silence of the Lambs," which, as anyone who’s watched this music video and come away singing "It puts the lotion on its skin / Or else it get the hose again" knows, is ripe for songage, maybe even songage and danceage. "Silence! The Musical" premiered Friday as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, and is apparently sold-out, which saddens up. But apparently musicals are popping up all over the place these days. Also in the LA Times, John Clark reports on John Turturro‘s "Romance & Cigarettes," which premieres next month at Toronto and is a kind of post-modern musical in the vein of "Pennies From Heaven," in which the characters express their emotions through pop songs and over-the-top fantasy sequences.

"It’s kind of like Pedro Almodóvar decided to do ‘The Honeymooners,’ " [Susan] Sarandon says.

"It’s sort of Charles Bukowski meets ‘The Honeymooners,’ " says the film’s writer-director, John Turturro.

Sounds interesting, at the very least.

Meanwhile, Patricia Ward Biederman takes a look at the next project from Brian Flemming, a filmmaker and playwright who wrote the infamous "Bat Boy: The Musical" (and who’s also a blogger). That play, which was based on a Weekly World News story, is apparently on its way to becoming a John Landis movie, but Flemming’s latest, a documentary, is less lighthearted: it argues that the biblical Jesus is a mythological figure like Paul Bunyan. Flemming is apparently a former born-again Christian, who’s now got some anger towards religion, but he’s also got his marketing niche clearly lined up. From the official website of "The God Who Wasn’t There":

Bowling for Columbine did it to the gun culture.

Super Size Me did it to fast food.

Now The God Who Wasn’t There does it to religion.

But enough about that. We were discussing the glorious musical, we were not? John Patterson at the Guardian‘s with us, with an article that sings the praises of, and highlights the weird subtext and subject matter of, the great musicals (this without even approaching "Gigi" — hah!). He, like ourselves, has trouble figuring out the future form of the genre, which sort-of lives on in Baz Luhrmann‘s work as well as, Patterson suggests, Terence Davies’. Then there’s "Chicago," which Patterson doesn’t mention, but which, to us, was almost a good film. There was something about the contrast between the seediness of its reality and the shimmering hallucinations that were its dance numbers that almost lent some poignancy — the songs were tawdry dreams of glamour that just weren’t matching up with the life the characters were actually leading. Too bad those lines weren’t so clearly drawn…the "real" scenes became too cartoonish about halfway through to mean much. We’re looking forward to the Turturro film, which is owned by Sony, and, perhaps due to its weirdness, has no release date attached yet.

+ ‘Lambs’: From movie to musical (LA Times)
+ A musical by Barton Fink (LA Times)
+ Documentary Questions the Existence of Jesus (LA Times)
+ Strike up the band (Guardian)


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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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…