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IFC News: Guy Ritchie, box sets, “Innocence.”

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"The greatest con, that he ever pulled... was making you believe... that he is you."
This week on IFC News:

We’ve put together a gifty list of ten 2007 box set releases we find worthy of coveting here.

Aaron Hillis chases down Guy Ritchie to talk "Revolver":

If you don’t mind, I’d like to cut to the chase. What took so long to get "Revolver" to the U.S.?

Well, I don’t think anyone understood it. I don’t think it’s
any more complex than that. I mean, one of the cons of the movie is
that your mind won’t accept a game this big, [nor] accept the
simplicity of the concept. But your mind’s sort of geared up, that’s
what the film’s about. It’s geared up not to understand the premise
that you are your own con man, or the con man is hiding in your own
head. The reason that we fall for adverts and so forth is that our mind
is conditioned to understand illusions. It doesn’t understand truth. In
fact, it’s repulsed by truth.


Michael Atkinson does "Innocence" and "Drunken Angel." On the former:

A debut filmmaker with electrifying confidence, Hadzihalilovic cat-plays with our instant sense of dread — unanswered narrative questions are supposed to have horrifying answers, right? — but "Innocence" has a more sophisticated program than you might suspect from her credits as Gaspar Noé’s producer and editor (and girlfriend?). The mysteries at the film’s pitiful heart aren’t sexual, but then again, they are: Wedekind always worked in lurid metaphoric colors, and "Innocence" is nothing if not a fable of puberty told not as awakening but as subjugation. Call it the feminist flipside to Jean Vigo’s "Zéro de Conduite," where revolt is not a condoned option (a single escapee is far from heroic, dropping into the unknown woods over the wall, never to be seen again), and Wedekind’s anti-bourgeois take on the "tragedy of sex" prevails. In its view of childhood as totalitarian citizenship, Hadzihalilovic’s film stands, quietly, in a gender-furious class by itself.

(He also has some bones to pick with A.O. Scott and Leah Rozen regarding their reads of the film.)

On the podcast, we discuss what seems to be a recent sag in the costume drama genre.

Matt Singer reviews "Billy the Kid" (finding it "like a sucker punch to the stomach," in a good way) here and "Revolver" (a "laughably crummy conman thriller and ‘Kabbalist’s Guide to Chess’ instructional video") here.

Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.

Also, we never got a chance to post links to last week’s somewhat abbreviated update: so here you go:

Michelle Orange interviews "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" star Mathieu Amalric:

[A]t the hospital where we shot, some of Jean-Do’s nurses and his
physical therapist were still there, so they could say, yes or no, this
is what this looks like. What was great though, in talking to his
friends and family and listening to them — their stories all
contradicted one another, and what I realized what that, "Oh, this is
not a hero, this is just…a man." He liked to travel, he was
materialistic, he liked cars, he was shallow, he had a temper, he
visited brothels in Brazil — normal things. [laughs] But also, he loved
life. Loved his children. That helped me a lot, it freed me, to realize
that you don’t become a saint when you have a stroke.

Michael Atkinson on "Our Hitler": "Finally, Syberberg’s monster is DVD’d, and of course today ‘Our Hitler’ cannot withstand the burden, for this moviehead, of all those years of anticipation, all that ballooning Sontagian hype, all of that pioneering rhetoric. No film could."

On the podcast, we confessed to blind spots.

And Matt Singer reviewed "The Savages" ("there’s a mundaneness to ‘The Savages’ that is incredibly appealing") here.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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