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The day in quotes.

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"Sound a little excited, Gene." "Sound less excited, Roger."
Associated Press (via MSNBC):

Fans of No. 5 Gonzaga have been asked to stop yelling ‘Brokeback Mountain’ at opposing players. The reference to the recent movie about homosexual cowboys was chanted by some fans during the game Feb. 6 against Saint Mary’s, and is apparently intended to suggest an opposing player is gay.


"Brokeback Mountain" has been passed in its entirety by the film censors in Singapore, in spite of the country’s stringent laws against homosexuality. The Oscar-nominated film will be restricted to cinema-goers over the age of 21 and will carry a ‘mature theme, sexual scenes’ warning. Singapore’s media content director said Ang Lee‘s film was passed as it did not ‘promote or glamorise the lifestyle.’ Gay sex is punishable by a maximum of two years imprisonment in the country.

Singapore banned Chen Yin-jung‘s gay-themed Taiwanese film  "Formula 17" for "glamorizing" — fortunately, "Brokeback" sticks to the internationally welcomed message that homosexuality leads to a lifetime of loneliness and despair (oh, sit down, you know we love the damn movie).

Arthur Spiegelman at Reuters:

An Israel diplomat on Sunday told Reuters in Jerusalem that Israel and U.S. Jewish groups were lobbying the Academy not to present "Paradise Now" as coming from "Palestine."

"Both the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles and several concerned Jewish groups pointed out that no one, not even the Palestinians themselves, have declared the formal creation of ‘Palestine’ yet, and thus the label would be inaccurate," the diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Hong Kong and Taiwan were also allowed to submit separate films — here’s hoping next year China will kick up a fuss about that. Because for hundreds of years, submitting a film for Oscar consideration has been the natural precursor to a declaration of sovereignty.

Dan Persons, speaking to director Timur Bekmambetov about "Night Watch" at our own IFC News:

How did Russian audiences react to this film?
Shocked. We never had a vampire film in this country, and we never had fantasy at all. We never had fantasy books, fantasy comics, no. A journalist [in L.A.] asked me about it, and I started to think, and then I understood why: During the seventy years of the Communist era, we had a super-fantasy world. We lived in this world, because the whole concept of Communism was a fantasy. Nothing could compare to this fantasy idea. [There were] a lot of rituals, a lot of symbols and heroes, super-heroes, super-powers, everything was included in the concept of Communism.

Elizabeth Guider in Variety:

What Michael Moore and his "Fahrenheit 9/11" did for the Cannes fest in 2004, Michael Winterbottom and his "The Road to Guantanamo" may have done for the Berlinale: Give it a jolt of adrenalin.

Michael Winterbottom, when asked about the comparison, via Mike Collett-White in Reuters:

I’m not as big as Michael Moore.

Greencine Daily‘s David Hudson at Berlin:

Pen-ek Ratanaruang professes to love film noir "and anything with Robert Mitchum," which he’ll watch again and again. The idea here is to do something along this line, only, as he told die taz, whenever he sees a Hollywood film, he always wonders what the scenes that are cut out look like. That’s one way of approaching "Invisible Waves"; another is to see it as an anti-thriller that isn’t nearly as pretty to look at as [Christopher] Doyle‘s other work and that has its moments. For me, those moments are a little too few and far between.


Sign carried by a protesting Park Chan-wook in front of the Berlin Film Festival’s entrance (via Reuters):

No Screen Quota = No Old Boy

Finally, from this awesome video at Bedazzled of vintage Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel sniping at each other while trying to shoot a promo (via Matt Singer at Termite Art):

That’s this week on "Siskel…& Ebert….& the Movies." And the asshole. That’s Roger.

+ Gonzaga fans’ chant: ‘Brokeback Mountain’ (MSNBC)
+ Singapore censor passes Brokeback (BBC)
+ Oscar organizers deny pressure on Palestinian film (Reuters)
+ It’s Wildest Before the Dawn on a Russian "Night Watch" (IFC News)
+ Prison pic packs punch (Variety)
+ Guantanamo film is Berlin’s "Michael Moore moment" (Reuters)
+ Berlin Dispatch. 8. (Greencine Daily)
+ S.Korea film director in Berlin protests quota cut (Reuters)
+ Siskel & Ebert Part 1 (Bedazzled)

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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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