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The five best Kurt Russell roles ever


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Nothing shakes off those post-Christmas blues like a post-Apocalyptic action flick starring Kurt Russell, so tune in tonight at 8/7c for John Carpenter’s “Escape From L.A.” The film finds the aforementioned Mr. Russell reprising his role as one-eyed badass for hire Snake Plissken who we originally met in “Escape from New York.”

Now, Snake Plissken is back, baby. The one-eyed miscreant with the devil-may-care attitude who escaped from New York with his ego and hairstyle intact is ready to do it all again. Like “Aliens” or “The Empire Strikes Back” or “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” this is one sequel that lives up to its predecessor. Los Angeles has finally had the really big earthquake everyone was afraid of, and what remains is now an island. Because the country’s ultra-righteous President-for-Life (Cliff Roberton) wants it that way, all the weirdos and freaks that previously inhabited Los Angeles and New York (and probably Portland) in large numbers, and the rest of the U.S. in smaller concentrations, have been quarantined on the island of L.A. The president has Snake taken from the nice, decent prison he was living in for a special mission in L.A. Obviously there’s a girl involved. You see, the president’s daughter has joined the resistance movement determined to overthrow his one-man rule, and has stolen his secret “black box” (a doomsday machine) to boot. Adding to the drama, Snake is given a poison which will kill him in a few hours unless he returns to the president for the antidote. But first he has to complete his mission to recover the black box and kill the president’s daughter. Ladies, man. Tune in at 8 or 10:15 p.m. ET and see how Snake gets himself out of this one.

To get you in the mood, here are Kurt Russell’s five best roles ever:

5. Dean Proffitt in “Overboard”

4. Snake Plissken in “Escape from LA”

3. Stuntman Mike in “DeathProof”

2. Captain Ron in “Captain Ron”

1. Snake Plissken in “Escape from New York”

“Escape From LA” airs tonight at 8 PM ET; Thursday, Dec. 27 at 12:30 AM ET; Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 PM ET; Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2:30 AM ET; Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10:15 PM ET; Friday, Jan. 11 at 2:45 AM ET


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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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…