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Ron Perlman’s 10 Best Tough Guy Roles

Ron Perlman joins Marc for the two-part Maron series finale tonight at 9P on IFC.

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The problem with picking Ron Perlman’s most badass tough guy roles is that they’re all pretty badass. With his barrel-chested frame and deep baritone voice, Perlman brings a menacing quality to almost any part. (Even the Beast in the cheesy Beauty and the Beast TV series.) Dating back to guest spots on The Fall Guy and Miami Vice, this guy has played a lot of tough SOBs. With Perlman set to stop by the two-part Maron series finale tonight, we thought it was time to celebrate everyone’s favorite heavy. Here are the ten most kick ass parts he’s ever played. Let’s hope Marc is ready to throw down.

10. The Lich, Adventure Time

A major villain in the mythology of Adventure Time, The Lich is the personification of evil, and one of Perlman’s most deliciously wicked parts.


9. Corin, Conan the Barbarian

When you need to cast the father of one of the most iconic warriors in the history of pop culture, there’s just one man for the job: King Perlman.


8.  Johner, Alien: Resurrection

While not the most popular edition in the Alien franchise, Perlman still proves that nothing scares him. Not a pissed off Xenomorph, heights or even spiders. (Click here to see all airings of Alien Resurrection on IFC.)


7. Reinhardt, Blade II

Perlman rarely gets to play the Big Bad. More often than not, he’s at home as one of the henchmen, who puts up an epic fight before meeting his untimely end. But he always goes out fighting.


6. Nino, Drive

Perlman’s jumpy wise guy offers a nice counterbalance to Albert Brooks’ low key menace in this acclaimed 2011 crime film. Watching the duo work together makes us pine for a Nino/Bernie prequel.


5. Koulikov, Enemy at the Gates

Perlman shows off his dramatic chops in this epic war film, playing a soldier haunted by his past, and maybe his future.


4. Gunnar, Outlander

Perlman got to play the chieftain of a destroyed Viking village in this 2008 sci-fi flick, who unleashed his wrath in one of the great fight scenes of the actor’s career.


3. Hellboy

Perhaps Perlman’s most famous role, Hellboy may be lovable, but never doubt that the prophesied end of humanity is still an ass-kicking machine in a red package.


2. Justice, Afro Samurai

Justice is Afro Samurai’s most feared foe, a diseased killer who decapitated Afro Samurai’s father, to claim his power. You don’t want to stand between this psycho and the Number One Headband. (Trust us. It makes sense. Just watch the show.)


1. Clay Morrow, Sons of Anarchy

And then there’s Clay, Sons of Anarchy‘s hero turned main villain, who isn’t afraid to put you down if you get in his way.

Watch Maron get some manly advice from Ron Perlman and M.C. Gainey tonight at 9P on IFC. 

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…