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Opening This Week: May 18th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Once,” Fox Searchlight, 2007]

A round-up of the best (or worst) $10 you’ll spend this week.

“Brooklyn Rules”

Michael Corrente’s “coming of age” drama finds three Brooklyn friends struggling to live a mafia lifestyle and us somewhat perplexed to see 90s teen heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. trying to act all tough ‘n shit, nawutimsayin? But hey, at least it can’t be as bad as “The Black Donnellys.”

Opens in New York and Los Angeles (official site).

“Even Money”

Right off the heels of the wildly successful “Lucky You” (yeah, right…) comes this ensemble drama about a group of characters played by slightly faded Hollywood actors — with the exception of that Forest Whitaker guy — struggling with gambling addiction and its disastrous effects on their lives. It’s all courtesy of “On Golden Pond”‘s Mark Rydell.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Fay Grim”

The sequel to Hal Hartley’s beloved 1997 indie “Henry Fool” finds Parker Posey’s title character working (and then running from) the CIA in order to locate notebooks belonging to her former husband — ones that may compromise the security of the United States. We’re bemused by Hartley’s choice to create such an offbeat sequel for what’s certainly one of his best movies, but any opportunity to see more Parker Posey is good enough for us.

Opens in limited release (official site).


The latest effort from arty and divisive director Bruno Dumont (“Twentynine Palms”) won the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film details the unrequited love between a lonely farmer and his childhood friend before they are separated by an impending, unnamed war.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Hollywood Dreams”

A young Iowan girl travels to LA in search of fame and stardom as a Hollywood actress but falls into a complex relationship with an up-and-coming young actor. While the film’s plot may sound as if it were lifted straight from a 1940s studio picture, its director, Henry Jaglom, has remained a staple of the independent cinema scene, recently helming “Festival in Cannes” in 2001. In true indie fashion, Justin Kirk plays newcomer Tanna Frederick’s love interest.

Opens in Los Angeles (official site).

“Memories of Tomorrow”

Ken Watanabe stars as a successful advertising executive whose life starts to unravel due to early onset of Alzheimer’s in this drama from Japanese director Yukihiko Tsutsumi.

Opens in New York (IMDb page).


Director John Carney’s latest film made a splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, winning the Audience Award for World Cinema and warming the hearts of jaded critics across the spectrum. This modern-day musical follows a busker (Glen Hansard, lead singer of The Frames) and a single mother (newcomer Markéta Irglová) whose shared dream of making music results in a love story with its own soundtrack — Zach Braff, eat your heart out.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Private Property”

Isabelle Huppert provides another strong performance as a divorced woman who dreams of leaving her ex-husband and twin teenage sons to start a life with a new lover and open a bed and breakfast. The film was directed by “Private Madness” director Joachem Lafosse and was nominated for a Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

Opens in limited release (official site).


“Shaun of the Dead” for the slasher film? Christopher Smith’s new horror thriller sounds more like an episode of “The Office” gone horribly, horribly wrong. A team-building weekend for the sales division of a multinational weapons company is sabotaged when a group of maniacal killers starts picking off the company’s employees one by one. Early reviews suggest the film is a bloody good time (nyuck nyuck nyuck!).

Opens in New York (official site).

“Shrek the Third”

While the third go-round for the big green ogre offers a tempting supporting cast (Amy Poehler as Snow White? Ian McShane as Captain Hook? John Krasinski as Sir Lancelot?), we’re thinking this franchise is starting to feel a bit winded. The film runs a mere 81 minutes, which to us is already too much Mike Myers to handle. And can we really take more Eddie Murphy schtick? Has it really only been three months since we were sick of him in “Norbit”? And Shrek gives up his throne to a character voiced by the guy who introduced us to the term “SexyBack”? Sigh…we’ll probably see it anyway.

Opens wide (official site).

“The Wendell Baker Story”

Nearly four years after it wrapped production, Luke Wilson’s directorial debut (a credit shared with his brother, the lesser-known Andrew Wilson) finally finds a theatrical release. Wilson plays a goodhearted conman whose latest scam lands him in jail and alienates him from his girlfriend (Eva Mendes), best friend (Jacob Vargas) and even his dog. Upon his release, he gets a job at a retirement home and befriends a group of residents, hoping to win back his girlfriend and battle the retirement home’s head nurse (Owen Wilson).

Opens in limited release (official site).


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…