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Got me so down / I got me a headache.

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Really, does anyone care?Maybe this is why we’re a little awarded-out. In today’s LA Times, Patrick Goldstein has a tiresome piece on how, while he likes bloggers, mind you, he thinks that constant blogging about awards, and the whole idea of Oscar prognosticating in general, is hurting America. Or something. He conflagrates a couple issues in what seem like an exercise in how to bait colleagues and infuriate people.

We’ll be the first to say he has a point — last year, awards were discussed for essentially all twelve months (and all for what was one of the most boring Oscars anyone can remember). But Goldstein goes on to hate on David Poland, Jeffrey Wells ("the Lewis Black of Oscar bloggers"), Sasha Stone and the LA Times‘ very own Tom O’Neil ("a master of the breathless overstatement"), all the while declaiming that he’s not one of those bitter print types angry about the erosion of his audience to the web:

Before I go any further I should make it clear that I’m not one of these MSM (mainstream media, for the uninitiated) guys who resent my Internet brethren. Bloggers are the best thing to happen to journalism in years. They have not only broken innumerable stories but served as much-needed critics of lumbering old-school journalism, bringing a new energy and irreverence to what’s become a very staid, conventional-wisdom-bound profession.

But nowhere are the limitations of blogging more evident than in the inane shoot-from-the-lip world of Oscar punditry. While Jeff Jarvis’ Buzz Machine is wrestling with media bias and objectivity, while Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish is criticizing Donald Rumsfeld’s ego and intransigence, while Daily Kos is debating an alleged Bush administration plan to bomb Al Jazeera, the Web’s Oscar dingbats are bickering over supporting actor nominations and movies they haven’t even seen yet.

We’re still feeling a little punch drunk from Richard Schickel‘s love tap aimed at the general blog world in the same paper last week, but we’d like to say that, yes, the Oscar obsession goes too far, and yes, print journalists are just as guilty as obsessing over the Oscars as web journalists. The bloggers that Goldstein mentioned write pretty much every day — if they’re often consumed with awards jockeying, well, it’s that time of year. O’Neil may be inflating everything he can think of into a "scoop," but hell, the LA Times hired him to blog about awards, and there’s only so much real news out there day to day — should he be coming up with dissertations on Camus? The real problem here may be the whole "must have constant content" idea, but that’s a problem for another day.

Anyway, David Poland certainly doesn’t need us to leap into our defense. Such is the power and immediacy of the internet that he’s already got a snarky, equally tiresome response up on his The Hot Blog. He hits some home, though:

You are one of those guys who doesn’t understand that the web is a niche business and that the sites that highlight Oscar are embracing a specific demographic… people who want to read about it all too much. Are they not allowed to discuss what they want? Or perhaps they should be discussing how great This Week’s Producer Who You Went To Lunch With is?

I guess if I want to compete with your paper, I better start online Summer Sneaks, Fall Sneaks, and Holiday Sneaks sections in order to suck more money out of studios that feel they need features and ads if everyone else is in. And I’ll call you when I give away $50,000 in ads and "infomercial" space to Harvey Weinstein.

S-N-A-P. Seriously, though, all of this makes us want to devote this blog exclusively to reviews of only obscure and wonderful out-of-print or undistributed films, or something similar that would, one, remove us from ever again encountering self-defensive, territorial media infighting, and two, remind us that many out there, including most of our fellow bloggers, read and write about film because they actually love film.

+ Making Oscars a mule race (LA Times)
+ Oy, Patrick (The Hot Blog)

Update: Anne Thomspon weighs in. And awesomeness from robbiefreeling at the Reverse Shot blog.

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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…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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