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Awesome; I can’t fuckin’ watch that!

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Strictly handheld is the way to go.
In the Observer, Simon Garfield talks to director Julien Temple (of Sex Pistols docs "The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle" and "The Filth and the Fury") and talks up his new film, "Glastonbury," a doc that attempts to encompass all 30 years of and the general spirit behind the massive music festival.

Temple pulled through and the result is one of the most absorbing and
inspiring music films ever made. Even that claim underplays it: it is a
music film, one stretching from Melanie singing of peace to Jarvis
Cocker singing of common people, but, like Glastonbury itself, it is
also something else. It is a film about people out of their heads,
about insurance brokers finding themselves, about old folk describing
how festival-goers smell, about the erection of ‘car-Henge’. And even
that doesn’t quite explain what makes Temple’s film so compelling, so
we may have to content ourselves with the only dread phrase that fits:
the Vibe.

Temple also solicited tapes from festival-goers, and incorporated a decent amount of privately shot archival footage into the film in an attempt to capture the communal sense of the festival, a motivation not unlike the Beastie Boys’ with "Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!," which opens this Friday, and which is made up of footage from 50 DV cameras handed out to fans at the groups’ 2004 concert at Madison Square Garden.

[A side note: we haven’t seen "Awesome…"; we were afraid. This is not even some princessy thing about our not really caring of concert flicks — we were genuinely curious, but also knew with dead certainty that if we attempted to watch a frenetically edited film shot entirely on handheld cameras by amateurs in a crowded arena, we would end up expelling the contents of our stomach on some poor film critic’s unsuspecting head halfway through. We are not as young as we used to be.]

In the Washington Post, J. Freedom du Lac chats with the ‘Boys:

"When it played at Sundance, some people walked out of there — maybe more film-type people," [Mike] Diamond says. "And they were going, ‘This is really loud, and there are a lot of edits, and aaaaaargh! It’s too intense!’ They couldn’t take it."

Says [editor Neal] Usatin: "It’s really subversive, this kaleidoscopic and violent presentation that at the same time is seductive. It reaches out and smacks you across the face."

And at the AP, Jake Coyle surveys the new crop of concert docs ("Awesome…," "Block Party" and "Heart of Gold") and their differing approaches — in "Heart of Gold," he points out, Jonathan Demme not once pans out to the audience, while for "Awesome…" Adam Yauch talks about wanted to recreate the feel of a bootleg recording.

Our beef with concert films is that they often neglect to actually be, well, films — save for a handful of landmark titles, the genre is composed of cultural artifacts and selections that would only ever appeal to dedicated fans of the band in question. But "Awesome…" goes beyond this to not even actually be about the music — Yauch is more concerned with capturing the experience of being at a concert than the performance on stage. To which we’d like to say, why bother with this communal POV crap not time? Why not just give the camera to one person, for true intimacy’s sake? Our suggestions for future films:

"Rock ‘n’ Roll Star: Oasis in Los Angeles"
A thirteen-hour documentary on Oasis’ legendarily testy Los Angeles show on their first US tour (leading to the band’s temporary break-up). Subject piles into a Honda Civic with three other concert-goers and takes a five-hour ride to LA. Arriving at the club, subject is denied entrance despite presenting as evidence of her having reached legal drinking age an expired passport belonging to her friend’s boyfriend’s Korean cousin. Subject waits outside the venue until the concert is over, at which point the four embark on the drive back home.

Highlight: At a rest stop Denny’s, one concert-goer places french fries in his nostrils and proceeds to do a passable walrus imitation.

"Warrant: We’ll Find a Way"
Subject starts taping the long-lived glam metal band’s memorable stop at Maestro’s Italian Restaurant, part of a nationwide tour supporting their under-appreciated fifth album, from a perch behind table 7, but, after being informed by the restaurant’s manager that he cannot stand on a chair, even for the sake of a feature film, switches to a perhaps less successful vantage point behind a couple making out against a decorative column.

Highlight: Busboy Jeremy snickers when guitarist Rick Steier bumps his head against a hanging light fixture. Later, as the credits roll, Jeremy is chased around the parking lot by irate aging metalheads.

"Brazilian Girls: Escape to New York"
Subject arrives at the eclectic dance quartet’s crowded surprise gig in the small Alphabet City venue where they got their start, and immediately pushes through the crowd to the back room, where he and his companions spend approximately thirty minutes attempting to purchase cocaine. After giving "Jimbo" $100 for a baggie containing baby power and ground-up laxatives, subject and companions retire to the bathroom, where, for the remainder of the film, the camera is left atop the toilet facing a tiled wall while the subject and companions consume the contents of the aforementioned baggie.

Highlight: Midway through the band’s impassioned rendition of their popular single "Don’t Stop" (muted but audible through the door), subject observes that "This is way better than the stuff I get from Mike’s guy."

+ This blissful film lasts for 35 years… (Observer)
+ Giving Fans an ‘Awesome’ Task
(Washington Post)
+ New Crop of Concert Films Rock Theaters (AP)

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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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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…