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The year, the year, the year.

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"Farm livin' is the life for me"We’re still trudging our way through the curdling masses of year-end reviews, summations and such (why are there always sooo maaany (The IFC Blog — now with 50% more whining!)), but here are a few we can’t pass up:

We swore off Rex Reed back in April, but, like a good solid amphetamine habit, his New York Observer "On the Town" column keeps luring us back, only to leave us, two days later, sleepless and crazed and trying to hold up a 7-Eleven in Poughkeepsie using only a banana. His look back at 2005 is a round-up of everyone who died, along with, as much as he can manage it, his sometime tenuous social connection to each of them. Selections:

But as [Sandra Dee]’s frequent co-star [Troy] Donahue once confided to me, "On the set, they never knew which one of us was the biggest drunk."

[Geraldine Fitzgerald] sent me a leather-bound copy of some literary classic for my library shelves every Christmas for 40 years.

…as a frequent guest of Johnny [Carson]’s in the good old days, I can testify that he was the last of the bearable late-night talk-show hosts before the shows turned into the brainless blabfests they are today.

I live in [Eddie Albert]’s former apartment in New York’s Dakota, and I’ll never understand why he boarded up the chimney flues and robbed all future occupants of their fireplaces.

The crazy kids over at the New York Press have their top tens up. Armond White’s (and what we wouldn’t give to see him fight Rex Reed someday) first two choices won’t surprise anyone, but we’re pleased to see "Kung Fu Hustle" make both his and Zoller Seitz’s list, because no one else seemed to give it the weight we did. Reverse Shot also has their list up on indieWIRE — their top pick is Arnaud Desplechin’s "Kings and Queen."

At the Hollywood Reporter, Gregg Goldstein reads the year in indie film as escapist, compared to 2004’s Fahrenheit Passion, with roiling real world concerns being replaced by enjoyable gore and, well, penguins. Essentially, no one knows what people want anymore, but clearly it’s time for a franchise based on a group of lovable Antarctic fauna who wake up in a locked room and are forced to play sadistic mind games with a manipulative, mask-sporting psychopath.

In the London Times, Kevin Maher doles out career advice to the notables of film in 2005. And, over at Fimoculous, Rex Sorgatz presents his not particularly film related, but no less interesting  Top 20 Lists of 2005.

+ Adios! Addio! Adieu! Beloved Greats Depart In 2005, Which Stinks (NY Observer)
+ TOP FILMS OF 2005 (NY Press)
+ Reverse Shot’s Best of ’05: "Kings & Queen" and 9 More (indieWIRE)
+ Indies take the escape route (Hollywood Reporter)
+ I’m afraid I have some bad news… (London Times)
+ Best Lists (Fimoculous)

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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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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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A-O Rewind

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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