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Odds: Wednesday – Slamdance, Narnia.

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Oh, nothin' much, really.The Slamdance lineup is has been announced — in addition to previously announced opening night film "Wassup Rockers" from "Kids"Larry Clark, plenty of other promising-looking stuff, including Heidi Van Lier‘s "unromantic comedy" "Monday."

Roger Ebert writes so well about Louis Malle‘s 1980 "Atlantic City" that we sort of wish he would give up the weekly reviews and just stick to his lyrical "Great Movies" essays.

At the Independent, both David Thomson tackles Woody Allen twice (but neither time literally, not matter how much good money we’d pay): the first, on occasion of Allen’s 70th birthday, is a general overview of the filmmaker’s cultural legacy and the shifting tones of his films; the second, and more interesting, deals with "Match Point," which Thomson is all giggly for (or at least, as giggly as one can get for "the most cool, astringent and disturbing film Woody Allen has ever made"):

Such delicate material as this needs precise control, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt the reins in an Allen film so taut. There is a narrative suspense here that he has rarely possessed, or risked. It is so great that "Match Point" is the first film I’ve seen this year that positively requires a sequel (it would not be too hard, the one lead person who dies here could come back as a questioning sibling).

The must-read of the week thus far is Polly Toynbee‘s invective against C.S. Lewis’ "Chronicles of Narnia" that also encompasses the forthcoming film, and, eventually, Christianity (or at least elements of it) and Republicanism:

[H]ere in Narnia is the perfect Republican, muscular Christianity
for America – that warped, distorted neo-fascist strain that thinks
might is proof of right. I once heard the famous preacher Norman
Vincent Peel in New York expound a sermon that reassured his wealthy
congregation that they were made rich by God because they deserved it.
The godly will reap earthly reward because God is on the side of the
strong. This appears to be CS Lewis’s view, too. In the battle at the
end of the film, visually a great epic treat, the child crusaders are
crowned kings and queens for no particular reason. Intellectually, the
poor do not inherit Lewis’s earth.

On the topic of politicized film, Patrick Goldstein over at the LA Times talks to Joe Dante about his unabashedly anti-Iraq war…horror film, "Homecoming."

And over at Radar, Derek de Koff, in honor of "Transamerica" and "Breakfast on Pluto," chats with a panel of drag queens and transvestite experts (we’re not sure where Joan Rivers fall there) about the many films featuring actors in drag.

+ 12th Annual Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2006 Line-Up (Official site)
+ Atlantic City (2005) (
+ Happy Birthday, Allen Stuart Konigsberg (Independent)
+ Film Studies: Woody Allen’s back – and he’s grown up at last (Independent)
+ ‘Narnia represents everything that is most hateful about religion’ (Guardian)
+ It takes a zombie to speak out (LA Times)
+ Transgender Benders (Radar Online)

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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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