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‘Dance, ‘dance, ‘dance.

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Max "Son of Anthony" MinghellaSo, Sundance will open with Nicole Holofcener‘s (of "Lovely & Amazing," which we adored) "Friends With Money" (with Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand and Catherine Keener) and close with Nick Cassavetes"Alpha Dog" (with Emile Hirsh and La ‘lake). As is generally the case, indieWIRE‘s Eugene Hernandez has the complete list, but here are the festival’s big world premiere that are making us go "Squee!":

"Art School Confidential," directed by Terry Zwigoff and written by Daniel Clowes (U.S.A.)
Believing that art school will bring him success and the girl of his dreams, an untalented young man becomes embroiled in a murder that makes him a celebrity. [World Premiere]
CAST: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, Matt Keesler, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Anjelica Huston

"The Darwin Awards," directed and written by Finn Taylor (U.S.A.)
A forensic detective and an insurance claims officer investigate a potential winner of a Darwin Award which honors "those who accidentally kill themselves in really stupid ways." [World Premiere]
CAST: Joseph Fiennes, Winona Ryder, David Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, Juliette Lewis, Julianna Margulies, Chris Penn, Nora Dunn, Lukas Haas, Ty Burrell

"The Science of Sleep," directed and written by Michel Gondry (France)
A man held captive by the people in his dreams tries to wake himself up and take control of his own imaginings. [World Premiere]
CAST: Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou, Emma de Caunes, Aurelia Petit, Sacha Bourdo, Pierre Vaneck

We appreciate that not everyone seems to share our love for the films of Finn Taylor, but you can’t tell me that Zwigoff and Gondry (squee!) don’t make your heart go pitter-pat. Also, Wim Wenders"Don’t Come Knocking" will be making it’s North American premiere. And a big congrats to all the kids here at IFC for this:

"This Film Is Not Yet Rated," (directed by Kirby Dick) (U.S.A.)
A breakthrough investigation into Hollywood’s best-kept secret: the MPAA film ratings system and its profound impact on American culture. [World Premiere]

This doc from Kirby Dick, whose "Twist of Faith" was nominated for the Best Doc at last year’s Academy Awards, is an IFC Original created to air on the network in fall 2006, and we’re thrilled to see it get such high praise. We’ve only seen a rough cut, but we can say that it raises some important and profoundly disturbing issues about the entire ratings system.

Also, via Gregg Kilday at Hollywood Reporter, Larry Clark‘s "Wassup Rockers" (which debuted at Toronto to some very mixed but intriguing reviews) will open this year’s Slamdance. The rest of the slate will be announced on December 6.

+ Holofcener’s "Friends" To Open Sundance; Fest’s Premieres Lineup Unveiled (indieWIRE)
+ Slamdance ’06 sets premiere with ‘Wassup’ (Hollywood Reporter)

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Final Countdown

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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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…