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Opening This Week: June 8th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Hostel 2,” Lionsgate, 2007]

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

“12:08 East of Bucharest”

If you kept up with this just past Cannes, you know that Romania is the current hotspot for arthouse film. The film, the debut of director Corneliu Porumboiu, won the Camera D’Or award at last year’s Cannes. It tracks a group of citizens in a small Romanian town who tell their stories of the revolution and the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu 16 years earlier at a local television station while answering questions from dubious viewers who do not believe the revolution ever existed.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Belle Toujours”

98-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira pays homage to the Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière classic “Belle de Jour” as Michel Piccoli’s Henri Husson thinks he sees his former lover Séverine (Bulle Ogier, in the role previously played by Catherine Deneuve) at a concert and takes a slow and sadistic painful revenge on her for her troublesome past nearly 38 years after the events of Bunuel’s film.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Hostel: Part II”

Eli Roth returns to scare/torture the living bejesus out of us with a sequel to his surprise 2006 hit “Hostel.” On board for the latest gorefest are “Welcome to the Dollhouse”‘s Heather Matarazzo, Bijou Phillips and returning “Hostel” star (spoiler alert!) Jay Hernandez. We like that poster with the big pile of entrails. Ooh and the other poster with the naked woman holding her own decapitated head. Classy!

Opens wide (official site).

“La Vie en Rose”

Olivier Dahan’s biopic of French singer Edith Piaf garnered raves for a strong performance from Marion Cotillard as France’s Little Sparrow, but early reviews indicate the direction is awkward. Ah, as the French say, c’est la vie!

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Ocean’s Thirteen”

While there’s really no point in discussing the film’s plot (George Clooney and co. need to rig another casino heist for some reason or other), it’s still going to score a huge hunk of change at the box office. Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones are out while newcomers Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin join the mix for this final “Ocean’s” film (at least until the next one). Here’s hoping Soderbergh will finally move on to that Che Guevara biopic he’s been working on for, like, ever.

Opens wide (official site).

“Surf’s Up”

While “Surf’s Up” may be the first animated mockumentary film (like “The Office” but with talking penguins), we’re still getting a feeling of “been there, done that” after the nauseatingly annoying hit that was “Happy Feet”. The film pays homage to surfing documentaries, but we’d recommend just renting “Riding Giants” instead. Or maybe even “Point Break.”

Opens wide (official site).

“You’re Gonna Miss Me”

Kevin McAlester’s documentary charts the rise and fall of rock ‘n roll legend Roky Erickson, formerly of the band The 13th Floor Elevators, known for creating psychedelic rock and heavily influencing Janis Joplin. The film chronicles Roky’s descent into madness following a 1969 marijuana arrest, institutionalization at an insane asylum, and life of poverty before his youngest brother Sumner tries to help him pick up the pieces and get back on track. The film was nominated for a Spirit Award for Best Documentary earlier this year.

Opens in limited release (official site).


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.