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Moviegoing, past and…future?

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"'The Brattle saved my life."People are talkin’. Talkin’ ’bout theaters — or, more specifically, 2929’s Landmark Theaters, which will be enabling Mark Cuban’s latest jaunt into experimental film distribution. Via Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE:

Three films have been tapped to launch Truly Indie, a new distribution
initiative formed by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s 2929 Entertainment.
Truly Indie will enable theatrical distribution funded by filmmakers
themselves, mainly through 2929’s Landmark Theaters, the country’s
biggest arthouse theater circuit. Offering a twist on the service deal
model, a filmmaker pays an up front fee that covers all distribution
costs (marketing, advertising, and publicity). Securing a one-week run
in at least five markets (or as many as twenty markets), the filmmaker
keeps 100% of box office receipts and retains all rights to their film.
The first three projects on tap for the venture are Ian Gamazon and
Neill dela Llana‘s "Cavite," Mari Marchbanks"Fall to Grace," and
Donal Logue‘s "Tennis Anyone?"

Well, nothing does say "truly indie" like having the filmmaker pick up the initial tab. Ah, but we’re cynics — color us a little depressed after reading the Boston Globe‘s pieces on the embattled Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, one of last two single-screen theaters in the Boston area, and currently in the midst of attempting to raise $400,000 by the end of the year to save itself. Rhonda Stewart:

When Ned Hinkle thinks about films the Brattle Theatre would be unable to show if it closes, Tsai Ming-Liang‘s ”Goodbye, Dragon Inn" comes to mind. In the 2003 film, a handful of people gather on a rainy night for the final screening at a once grand Taipei theater that will be shuttered the next day. It’s a quintessential art-house film — impressionistic, with little dialogue or traditional narrative — and the kind of work the Brattle has become known for presenting.

Ty Burr reflects on why the Brattle is having such a tough time (attendance is down 40%), delving into the history of indie cinema in Boston, and its present:

In the early 21st century, students are drifting off to shinier things, and other audiences aren’t going to the Brattle in viable numbers. Really, can you blame them? Harvard Square has been corporatized into a mass of banks and chain stores, with little of the boho allure of the film-rep glory days. The Brattle increasingly resembles "The Little House" in Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s book, surrounded by the type of new that sees the old as merely shabby. People move on; the culture moves on. The Brattle may be more relic than survivor.

+ Cuban & Wagner Unveil Truly Indie

+ Theater focuses on its fund-raising campaign (Boston Globe)
+ The last picture show? (Boston Globe)

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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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