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Odds: Wednesday – Much ado about networks.

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"If we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?"Immediate thoughts on the fact that UPN and WB are going to be sacrificed, and their parts harvested to create the foretold Frankenstein-like "CW" network? Mostly that it’s going to make our habit of exclaiming "Wow, that’s just like a WB drama!" seem drastically outdated.

It’s a damn annoying habit, now that we think about it.

There’s a new issue of Filmmaker Magazine online that we can add to the new issues of Sight & Sound and Film Comment that we haven’t gotten to yet. Ah, Sundance. Let us count the ways…

Via KFCC, the Bangkok Post‘s Kong Rithdee interviews (♥!) Pen-ek Ratanaruang (♥!), who’ll be premiering his latest, "Invisible Waves," (which, like "Last Life in the Universe," stars Tadanobu Asano) in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in three weeks.

Is "Invisible Waves" in any way a continuation from your previous film, "Last Life in the Universe", which also featured a Japanese man who get tossed around by fate?

I didn’t mean it as a continuation, but because I’ve had the same team from "Last Life" back to work with me – Asano and Chris Doyle especially – we feel like we’ve already started something together and we should go on doing it. I like "Last Life" a lot but I’m not totally happy with it, so with Asano and Chris back on board I thought we all could improve what we did in our previous effort.

But if you’re talking about the fact that the leading character in "Waves" is tossed around by fate, then it’s the same for all characters in all my previous movies, from "Fun Bar Karaoke," to "6ixtynin9" and "Monrak Transistor." In "Waves," my first idea was to make a movie that looks like a movie, you know, like in a film noir. But I’m not sure if that’s what I get at the end!

At the Guardian‘s Culture Vulture blog, Guy Dammann points out that  gave Time Out London"Caché" six stars. Out of five. And has since been forced to bump up their rating system to be out of six start because of this apparent paradigm shift:

So six is to be the new five when it comes to star ratings. Accordingly, because six out of five would be pure numerical nonsense, Time Out now rates all its films out of six. Apparently the rationale behind this Spinal Tap approach (as one of my colleagues put it) to film reviewing is that the previous five-star max was over-used and the currency in sore need of devaluing.


+ With Focus on Youth, 2 Small TV Networks Unite (NY Times)
+ Winter 2006 (Filmmaker Magazine)
+ Battling the waves (Bangkok Post)
+ Written in the stars? (Culture Vulture – 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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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…