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We’re all over the place today.

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"Moartea domnului Lazarescu" to you.By gorry by jingo by gee by gosh by gum, NYFF press screenings start today — we’re going to be selective about the titles we see, as the screenings are in the middle of the day and require us to scurry uptown, then scurry back to good ol’ 32nd and 7th to pretend we were at our desk doing the rest of our job all along. In our spare time we’re also moving into a sublet, then almost immediately moving back out. So. We’ll be doing festival updates here on the blog and keeping a running log on the IFC News site, and will probably start off with grand intentions of trying to match each write-up to the day the film screen films at the festival, and quickly give that up in favor of just posting them as we write them. Watch closely, our hands will never leave our wrists…

J. Hoberman and sidekicks at the Village Voice give you a guide to the films, with Hoberman particularly pulling for Romanian film "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," which for him "may be the most impressive tour de force" (and which also picked up the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes this year).

The London Film Festival announces its line-up here — all the biggies, nothing jumping out, but London’s timing is never right for it to be a big premiere fest.

Weinstein-related quote of the moment (maybe we should just make this a daily feature), from Xan Brooks‘ interview with Hayao Miyazaki in the Guardian:

There is a rumour that when Harvey Weinstein was charged with handling
the US release of "Princess Mononoke," Miyazaki sent him a samurai sword
in the post. Attached to the blade was a stark message: "No cuts."

director chortles. "Actually, my producer did that. Although I did go
to New York to meet this man, this Harvey Weinstein, and I was
bombarded with this aggressive attack, all these demands for cuts." He
smiles. "I defeated him."

Someone at the Reverse Shot blog has comforting words for Cameron Crowe, whose "Elizabethtown" is apparently uniting multicultural masses in film festivals around the world in discuss. What do you mean, sarcastic?

And Keith Phipps and Nathan Rabin at the Onion A.V. Club revisit some of their "Films That Time Forgot" that have seen recent new developments. Or not. Hell, it’s still a good read.

+ See It Now (Village Voice)
+ London Film Festival line-up (Official site)
+ A god among animators (Guardian)
+ Hang In There, Buddy (Reverse Shot blog)
+ Films That Time Forgot Revisited (Onion AV Club)


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…


A-O Rewind

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.


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.