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"They're the same film."
There are plenty of places to find exhaustive round-ups of critics circle prizes and top ten lists as the year gallops to a close. David Hudson at Greencine Daily always does a bang-up job. Movie City News will doubtless launch their comp page soon (last year’s is here). Rex ReedSorgatz at Fimoculous has already begun compiling his list of lists.

We, in the firm belief that if you stare at critics circles too long, you will go blind, are only going to bother listing the ones that catch our eye. The New York Film Critics Circle, for instance, settled (sort of) on "United 93," an unexpected pick.

Bilge Ebiri at ScreenGrab has delicious Rex Reed anecdotes from the voting process:

A brief silence. Then, the voice of Rex Reed.

"So that’s it."

Pause.

"The best film of 2006."

Pause.

"According to the New York Film Critics Circle."

Pause.

"Is UNITED 93."

Long, uncomfortable pause, plus some tittering.

"A film that no one in America wanted to see."

Leah Rozen: "And how did you vote, Rex?"

Richard Corliss at Time is prompted to ask the eternal question — do movie critics matter? But really, he wants to share J. Hoberman anecdotes:

I’m a member of the New York group, which met Monday to choose its best. The job is simple: tear yellow-lined paper into cracker-size bits; write a name or three on one piece; wait while the names are read out and tabulated; vote again and again; finally reach a consensus in this category; and go back to square one. It’s about as much fun as filling out an income-tax form, though less fraught with drama. Indeed, the only excitement yesterday came in the Best Film voting, when The Queen and United 93, which reconstructs some of the chaos and heroism of 9/11, were tied after four ballots. A brief debate arose: Should we vote yet again, or proclaim the two films joint winners? After all, said the Village Voice‘s Jim Hoberman, "they’re the same film."

The New York Online Film Critics mostly go for "The Queen" (via About.com).

It’s no surprise that the Boston Society of Film Critics went with "The Departed" (via Wesley Morris at the Boston Globe).

AFI‘s selections include "Borat" (!) and "Happy Feet," as well as the most expected "Letter From Iwo Jima," "Dreamgirls" and "Half Nelson."

And what does all of this mean? Mostly that there are no clear best films of the year — mainstream or arthouse.

+ 2006 Awards (NYFCC)
+ What Really Went On Inside the NYFCC (ScreenGrab)
+ Do Movie Critics Matter? (Time)
+ The New York Film Critics Online Awards 2006 (About.com)
+ ‘The Departed’ tops Boston film critics’ awards (Boston Globe)
+ AFI AWARDS 2006 (AFI.com)

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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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…