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Odds: Wednesday — Sight & Sound, Degrassi.

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Sight & SoundThere’s a new issue of Sight & Sound up — online are Ian Christie‘s on director Michael Powell‘s semi-fictional memoirs (how Chuck Barris), which are published for the first time in this month’s issue (but not online, alas!); Geoffrey Macnab on the third film in Aleksandr Sokurov‘s WWII tetrology, "The Sun"; Leslie Felperin on doc "The 3 Rooms of Melancholia"; Philip Kemp reviewing "The Night of Truth"; Ryan Gilbey reviewing "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; and Brad Stevens taking at look at the Preston Sturges DVD box set.

FirecrackerAlso — another issue of Firecracker. We haven’t had a chance to explore it all yet, but after a quick glance we’re intrigued by harrylimetheme‘s Ben Slater on "Ring of Fury," "the long lost Singapore kung fu movie. The only one of its kind ever made"; Erika Franklin‘s interview with Robin Shou; Anthony Holden‘s review of "Barefoot Gen," "one of the most devastating and profoundly humanistic films ever animated"; and Leung Wing-Fai‘s review of Tsui Hark’s "Seven Swords."

"Today, critics are so smart-ass about movies that pander to hipness that they worship the form’s hi-tech degradation and crippling banality." The ever-easygoing Armond White is pretty happy about KINO’s "Avant-garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and 30s" DVD.

indieWIRE announces that they’re partnering with Emerging Pictures to make use of their digital projectors to bring a series of films currently without distributors to theaters across the country. Among the films are Shane Meadows‘ highly praised "Dead Man’s Shoes," Brian Poyser‘s "Dear Pillow" and Andrew Wagner‘s "The Talent Given Us."

Mark Caro in the Chicago Tribune reports that "Duma," the Carroll Ballard children’s film that’s been championed by Roger Ebert and Stephanie Zacharek, and whose national release depends on its Chicago performance, had a mediocre opening weekend, averaging $5,800 per screen, about half of what Warner Independent would consider worthy of expanding on the basis of.

Marisa Guthrie in the New York Daily News reports on Kevin Smith‘s first on-screen kiss, which is taking place on the season finale of "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Smith will get to make out with Stacie Mistysyn, who was in the original 80s "Degrassi," of which Smith is a big fan.

And Jeremy Dauber at the Christian Science Monitor goes into a David Manning-induced existential crisis:

If David Manning of the Ridgefield Press doesn’t exist, who’s to say that I do? Maybe I’m just a creation of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Or of the Christian Science Monitor. Sure, these things don’t particularly trouble you; you’re not taking any of this very seriously. But I’m the one who’s supposed to meet someone to see "The Aristocrats" tonight, and not existing is going to put a real crimp in the evening.

+ September 2005 (Sight & Sound)
+ Issue 9 (Firecracker)
+ AVANT-LARD (NY Press)
+ indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: Emerging Pictures and indieWIRE Partner to Bring Undistributed Films To Cities Across The U.S. (indieWIRE)
+ ‘Duma’ opener disappoints (Chicago Tribune)
+ Director gets a dream kiss on ‘Degrassi’ (NY Daily News)
+ The metaphysics of movie criticism (Christian Science Monitor)

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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…