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Odds: Monday – Drive into springtime.

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"Oh Moses, Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!"Ah, reduced to Steely Dan choruses for headlines. We must need a nap. Or a bourbon.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle has a great piece on the enduring, indefinable pleasures of DeMille‘s "The Ten Commandments."

So what’s with this movie, which has lasted 50 years? Is it camp? Is it
classic? Is it both? Is it inspired? Is it ridiculous? It was loved in
its day, and it has been loved ever since, but for its true qualities
or for the initial spell it cast? Watching isolated moments can provide
no insight into these questions, because "The Ten Commandments" is like
an opera. It exists in a heightened universe that must be entered
gradually and experienced as it unfolds. Thus, there’s no way around
it: In order to give this movie its due, it must be watched, all 220
minutes of it, though it’s OK to fast-forward through the intermission
and entr’acte music.

Paige Newman at MSNBC seems to be fastest on the draw with a Spring Movie Guide…though given this swollen summer of blockbusters that edges up into May and through September, we’re probably going to restrain ourself to picks and previews from that season at IFC News.

Via BBC, "Film-makers Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou are to join the team designing the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Zhang will lead the team, largely comprised of other Chinese impresarios, while Spielberg will be a consultant." Feh. We got nothin’, folks.

At his blog The House Next Door, Matt Zoller Seitz has an expanded version of the article on Malick‘s "Days of Heaven" and "The New World" that ran in the NY Press:

The filmmaker’s aesthetic is a rebuke to commercial filmmaking conventions that were practically set in stone from the early days of sound. Malick’s goal is to deny us the usual anchor points, to make the experience of watching his films as much a blur of emotion as our own memories or dreams, and to suggest that the world is not really driven by individual will, as both drama and Western social myths suggest; that we may be less actors than acted-upon; that instead of individuals driving a narrative, perhaps narrative (a story in fiction, or historical events in the real world) drives individuals. Malick’s filmmaking turns this philosophy into rhapsody.

In the New Yorker, David Remnick shills for "An Inconvenient Truth."

"An Inconvenient Truth" is not likely to displace the boffo numbers of "Ice Age" in Variety‘s weekly grosses. It is, to be perfectly honest (and there is no way of getting around this), a documentary film about a possibly retired politician giving a slide show about the dangers of melting ice sheets and rising sea levels. It has a few lapses of mise en scène. Sometimes we see [Al] Gore gravely talking on his cell phone—or gravely staring out an airplane window, or gravely tapping away on his laptop in a lonely hotel room—for a little longer than is absolutely necessary. And yet, as a means of education, "An Inconvenient Truth" is a brilliantly lucid, often riveting attempt to warn Americans off our hellbent path to global suicide. "An Inconvenient Truth" is not the most entertaining film of the year. But it might be the most important.

In The Age, Melinda Houston talks to the stars of Aussie WWII drama "Kokoda," "‘Gallipoli’ for the Y generation."

"Are we looking for ourselves?" he says. "For a national identity? We don’t have a battle for independence or a Trafalgar. So to some extent ‘Kokoda’ serves that purpose. And if ‘Gallipoli’ was about the birth of an Australian identity, ‘Kokoda’ is its adolescence."

And in the LA Times, Bruce Wallace writes about the first conference on Charlie Chaplin in Japan, which took place last month, Chaplin’s continuing popularity in the country ("Ono also argues it was Chaplin’s melancholy that appealed to the
Japanese. ‘They would say: ‘Don’t you hear the sad song coming from his
soul?’ ‘ ") and the renewed interest in the intriguing life of Chaplin’s longtime assistant Toraichi Kono.

+ ‘Ten Commandments’ at 50 — brilliant, inept and baffling
(SF Chronicle)
+ Able to leap buildings in a single bound (MSNBC)
+ Spielberg and Yimou join Olympics (BBC)
+ Player piano (The House Next Door)
+ OZONE MAN (New Yorker)
+ A return to arms (The Age)
+ Mr. Kono and the Tramp (LA Times)

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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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