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Odds: Thursday – Useless lists, foreign films and more.

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The UnforgivenDare we indulge another pointless magazine list? But how can we look away? Here you go: Premiere‘s 50 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time. Okay, it’s actually kind of good.

The Onion AV Club‘s Tasha Robinson interviews Daniel Handler, who should by all accounts be Hipster King of the World, as he plays accordion for The Magnetic Fields, writes ambitious novels, adapts operas into modern-day films, and, yes, also pens a smallish children’s book series under the pseudonym of Lemony Snicket.

AVC: What were your feelings on the movie?

DH: Well, for a while, it seemed like it was going to be the most exciting motion picture ever made, and then there was a huge changing of the guard in which I was more or less fired as a screenwriter, and the producer quit, and the director was either fired or quit, depending on whom you ask. If you ask him, he says he was fired. So then for a while it looked like it was going to be the worst movie ever made, hopelessly embarrassing, and by the time it was finishing up, I was so grateful that it wasn’t the worst movie ever made that I overlooked many things that might have otherwise upset me.

Oops. Robinson also interviews Snicket in character.

At indieWIRE, Anthony Kaufman writes about how the restrictions laid down for the Academy’s Best Foreign Language Film category have once again kept some of the most acclaimed foreign films of the year out of the competition, most notably Michael Haneke‘s "Caché."

Chosun Ilbo reports on "The Unforgiven," which opens in Korea this Friday and which received a lot of attention and picked up four prizes at Pusan not so long ago (festival programmer Huh Moon-young called it "the best domestic independent film of the year").  Particularly relevant in our recent days of war film discussion, "The Unforgiven," 26-year-old Yoon Jong-bin’s directorial debut, follows two friends into the country’s mandatory military service, where one excels and the other struggles. In an interview with Lee Jin-woo at the Korea Times, Yoon describes his film as a critique against Korea’s societal structures: "I wrote the story as I believed the military is a miniature of Korean society, containing all of the same social problems and inconsistencies…Some people quickly adapt while others fight against what they believe is wrong. I felt it was so sad to see those misfits face tragic ends."

At LA Weekly, Steven Mikulan speaks to George McGovern as "One Bright Shining Moment" opens.

And at the London Times, Sean Macaulay pays a visit to the Screenwriters Expo in LA, where William Goldman is a god and $25 will get you five minutes to pitch a Hollywood exec.

+ The 50 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time (Premiere)
+ Daniel Handler (Onion AV Club)
+ Lemony Snicket (Onion AV Club)
+ With National Pride At Stake, Foreign Language Films Compete For Oscar Glory (indieWIRE)

+ ‘Unforgiven’ Casts Cold Eye on Army Life (Chosun Ilbo)
+ Director Looks at Pressures of Military Life (Korea Times)
+ The Plainsman (LA Weekly)
+ How I ended up big in pitches (London Times)

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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…