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London bridge is blogging down.

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Yes, perhaps we should be working harder on our headlines…

The London Film Festival is sprawling but comes a little late for the world premieres. So what’s it all about, you ask? Doug Bolton at the Guardian talks it up:

This, however, is unlikely to taint them in the eyes of the viewing public, few of whom will have made it to Cannes, Venice or Berlin this year. As Artistic director, Sandra Sandra Hebron told Screen International, "This is primarily a festival for our audience."

The critics may have seen it all before, but this is a festival for the people, and it’s giving them what they want, an eclectic mix of the best films from around the world.

For us, the London Film Festival is mostly an interesting way to see how the British critic mass, who can differ sharply in opinion from our regular round of US critics, reacts to the big festival films of the year. Plus, we do love to see critics blog, and there are at least three options out there: the London Times‘ has a current favorite fest blog here, while the Guardian and Empire magazine are also going at it here and here.

The Guardian’s also got an ongoing section in which festival coverage is accumulating; recent goodies include Sam Wollaston’s rather tart-tongued interview with Steve Coogan:

In real life, of course, hell-raising rock chick Courtney Love dropped a bombshell this summer when she announced not only that she had had drug-fuelled romps with Coogan, but also that she was going to have his love child. Steve was "a fucking sex addict", she said. "And has a major substance problem."

So, I ask, does he remember anyone called Courtney? "Let me just say something before that," he says. "The Guardian tends to have its cake and eat it. It waits for the tabloids to dish the dirt and then it talks about the tabloids dishing the dirt while enjoying it themselves. So put that in."

Right – I have done. Now, does he remember anyone called Courtney? "Yes, I do remember someone called Courtney but I’m not prepared to talk about it because I don’t talk about those kind of things."

Also see Sylvie Simmons piece on "You’re Gonna Miss Me," Keven McAlester’s doc on Texan band The 13th Floor Elevators, credited with inventing psychedelic rock, and their glorious wreck of a lead singer, Roky Erickson.

+ What’s the motivation? (Guardian)

+ London Film Festival Weblog (London Times)
+ London Film Festival (Guardian: Culture Vulture)
+ London Film Festival Blog (Empire)
+ The Life and Opinions of Steve Coogan (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…