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NYFF: “Who’s Camus Anyway?”

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The film crew at work.The most self-reflexive work in the festival is a film about making a film, and about how, when you’re immersed in studying or producing a film, film starts to seep into your reality. There’s something that rings particularly true about this when one’s been seeing two to three films a day oneself (we’re such a wimp) — Mitsuo Yanagimachi, who’s returned to directing after a decade-long hiatus, furthers this dreamy disconnect by shooting "Who’s Camus Anyway?" in an overtly attention-getting cinematic style. It’s a intriguing effect — the particularly modern dramas of a group of film students working on their senior project, a short based on the true story of Takeda, a teenage boy who spontaneously decided to murder an old woman because he was bored, presented in a near-Classical Hollywood fashion, with swooping camera movements and a lushly orchestral score. The film opens in a long tracking shot that traverses a college courtyard abuzz with the activities of various clubs; we meet members of the short film crew as they scurry around making last minute preparations for the shoot, chasing each other down, frantically making cell phone calls. It’s so meticulously choreographed that, as the take gets longer and longer, that becomes all we’re paying attention to — at which point the camera starts to follow the short’s two producers, who are discussing the famous opening of "Touch of Evil," and various other titles that have attempted to outdo it.

It’s a cute touch — it’s a cute film, one that constantly and fondly contrasts the realities of day-to-day life with the films that have become our main context for describing them, and that, in a way, begin to prescribe our behavior (characters nicknamed Aschenbach and Adèle H. even end up acting out small-scale versions of their namesakes’ crises). As a love letter to film culture, it’s a wonderful trifle — Yanagimachi is less successful when he tries for something more with regards to the short the students are making. Some of them, including the assistant director Hisada (Ai Maeda) and the lead actor Ikeda (Hideo Nakaizumi), anguish over the possible motivations for Takeda’s gruesome actions, debating them at length (one dubs him a "modern-day Meursault," hence the title). It’s all a bit psychobabbly, particularly when Yanagimachi’s point seems to be a refutation of Takeda as a representative figure for contemporary Japanese youth — the characters Yanagimachi presents, vibrant, expressive and endearing, are nothing like Takeda at all.

"Who’s Camus Anyway?" currently has no US distributor.

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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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