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Scanners, sans exploding heads.

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White will discuss videos "from Jay-Z and Mark Romanek to Spike Jonze and Ludacris."La Manohla in the New York Times on the occasion of Scanners: The 2005 New York Video Festival:

There may be no hard evidence to back this up, but if professional
critics, many of whom rarely note in reviews whether a movie was shot
in film or on video, are any indication, people don’t care about
format; they just want good work. Celluloid fetishists and those video
artists who still believe in the revolutionary promise of their medium
may care about format, but such fussiness seems quaint and generally
beside the point. These days anything goes, which is probably the
spirit in which to approach a series like Scanners. The event presents
no urgent curatorial reason for being, namely because most of the
videos could have been shot in film (if not for the prohibitive cost)
and folded into other events, but there is some nifty work here

As The Reeler points out, though, the folks at Scanners have pulled in one of those rabid types: Mr. Belligerence himself, Armond White, will be giving his annual lecture on music videos tonight at 6pm as part of the festival. Interestingly enough, this week at the New York Press, White devotes most of his column to Bertolucci’s "The Conformist" and bashing video:

It came before the de-volution. Bertolucci, Storaro and Scarfiotti
worked with the belief (now gradually eroding in the digitial-video
age) that cinema was, foremost, a visual art form; that its richest
meanings and distinctive impact were the result of images. Images
designed to amaze, ideas expressed through illustration, emotion
conveyed through the tonalities of light. All that is now taken for
granted through today’s barbaric video practices where indie films look
like home movies.

Hell, it’s almost enough to make us want to go to the damn thing just to see how he rationalizes how "aesthetics and politics, art and soul can co-exist" in the work of Joseph Kahn.

Over at Wired News, Xeni Jardin reports on the technical requirements agreed upon by the Digital Cinema Initiatives, a consortium of studios, theater owners, and manufacturers trying to ease the move to digital distribution and projection. Of course, no one’s figured out who’s going to shoulder the bill.

Goodbye, film! Goodbye.

+ From Sex to Politics, All Captured on Video (NY Times)
+ Oh, Jesus, Now Armond White Will Never Quit (The Reeler)
+ Hollywood Plots End of Film Reels (Wired News)

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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

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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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