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What’s Up In March

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Rear Window,” Paramount Picture, 1954 — screening as part of the Fashion in Film Festival]

Miami International Film Festival

Mar. 2-11

For early spring breakers hitting South Florida, the Miami International Film Festival might be a great time to check out Paul Verhoeven’s latest film, “Black Book,” or perhaps the Luc Bresson tribute. Regardless of what film is playing, the frostbitten IFC News team is jealous.

Pimps, Prostitutes and Pigs: Shohei Imamura’s Japan

Mar. 2-29

2006 saw the loss of one of Japan’s premier New Wave directors, as Shohei Imamura passed away at the age of 79. Often seen as the “anti-Ozu,” Imamura rejected the middle-classicism of the celebrated 1950s Japanese filmmakers and instead focused on the portrayals of the downbeat and downtrodden of Japan’s lower classes. Films to be screened in this series include “Vengeance is Mine,” “Warm Water Under a Red Bridge” and “The Pornographers.”

“Infernal Affairs”: The Complete Trilogy

Mar. 9

Check out the original Hong Kong police thriller recently re-made by Martin Scorsese into 2006’s Best Picture Oscar winner, “The Departed,” at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in D.C. Also included in the screening of the original “Infernal Affairs” are the two sequels that followed, which each explore what happened before and after the events of the first film.

A Panel on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Mar. 15

As Matthew Broderick continues his career as one of the strongest stage actors in New York, we still think of his fondly as our favorite 80s teenager, Ferris Bueller. From a pre-nose job Jennifer Grey to an ever-quotable Ben Stein, John Hughes’ “Ferris Bueller” remains as one of the smartest-written films in a decade most of us would rather forget. To celebrate the release of “Don’t You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes,” a new collection of essays based on the works of John Hughes, the IFC Center will feature a panel discussion with the writers (of which there are many). Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Fashion in Film Festival

Mar. 17-25

The Museum of Moving Image in Queens presents this interesting collection of feature films, documentaries, video art, experimental films and newsreels that investigate how the art of fashion is presented through film. Films to be screened include Alfred Hitchcock’s Anita Colby-inspired “Rear Window,” the Howard Hawks silent satire “Fig Leaves” and a collection of newsreel and doc footage curated by fashion expert Marketa Uhlirova.

“Network,” with special guest Sidney Lumet

Mar. 19

Legendary director Sidney Lumet (“The Wiz”!) will be on hand for this screening of his Oscar-nominated 1976 television satire “Network” at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills.

“Live Free or Die” with Andy Robin

Mar. 22

Stamford, CT native and former “Seinfeld” writer Andy Robin directs his first independent feature, “Live Free or Die,” about a ragtag group of criminals attempting to stage a heist in the Granite State. Robin will be on hand at the Avon Theatre in Stamford for a Q & A session after the film.

Lost & Found: “The Curse of Quon Gwon” and “Her Wild Oat”

Mar. 29

“The Curse of Quon Gwon,” long thoughts of as a lost example of early Asian-American cinema, and “Her Wild Oat,” an early Colleen Moore flapper comedy of the silent era, receive restoration treatments from the Academy and will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Michael Mortilla will provide a live piano accompaniment at the screenings — swank!

The 9th Annual Method Fest Independent Film Festival

Mar. 29 – Apr 5

The only film festival solely dedicated to the art of acting, the Method Film Festival hits Calabassas, CA, for a week, showcasing independent features and shorts of actors embracing their inner Stanislavsky. Somewhere, Ryan Gosling is stoked.


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.