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Odds: Thursday – Going to hell in a hotrod.

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"Call them punks, call them animals... but you better get out of their way!"
In the New York Observer, Gabriel Sherman has a depressing piece about the current state of the Village Voice under its new ownership:

The film-review budget has been cut by two-thirds, according to a source, and some film reviews are now being contributed by freelance writers from other New Times papers. According to Voice staffers, New Times has also dismissed The Voice‘s three-person fact-checking department and laid off two of the five copy editors. Last month, [Michael] Lacey killed interim editor Ward Harkavy’s blog, the Bush Beat. The end-page essay has been discontinued. Voice writers now have to use the New Times stylebook, and according to a source, there are words—including “meta” and “subversive”—that are now banned from the paper.

[Okay, we did laugh at that last part, but only because it reminded us of when we were officially banned from referring to things "so late 90s." Anyway, hasn’t "meta" entered the vernacular yet? Everyone we know overuses it to a distressing extent.] It’s a sad state for a paper that’s always upheld high standards, or, failing that, at least high opinions of film criticism, and a place where many major critics got their start.

In the Sydney Morning Herald, Garry Maddox lists his seven deadly sins of moviegoing etiquette, while at the Toronto Star Peter Howell‘s only semi-serious call for more drive-in theaters is a reminder of what’s great about the communal cinemagoing, particularly when the film could be considered a little…lacking.

The drive-in was the last place where anybody wanted to be distracted by a flickering screen. I’m thinking of movies like "Hot Rods to Hell" (how I wish it was available on DVD) and "The Pom Pom Girls," which I almost saw at drive-ins on hot summer nights a long time ago. The kind that has kept shlockmeister Roger Corman happily employed, adored by cults and revered by himself.

Speaking of, in the new issue of Firecracker, Erika Franklin interviews Filipino B-movie maestro Cirio H. Santiago, who directed and produced over 20 movies for Corman for international export:

Utilising the low-cost of movie-making in the Philippines, the diverse landscape (“We can fake many places here: Florida, Vietnam, South America…we have jungle, desert, beaches… it’s all here”) in addition to the pan-Asian appearance of Filipinos who could masquerade as anyone from Vietnam to Hawaii (“as long as we are wearing Hawaiian shirts, we look Hawaiian!” he jokes).

There’s also a new issue of Sight & Sound up; among the offerings online are Charles Gant‘s look at Julien Temple‘s "Glastonbury" and Robin Buss‘s rambler of a look at the love French directors have for Hitchcock that concludes with an interview between Dominik Moll (of "Lemming") and James Bell.

In the Korea Times, Bae Keun-min talks to actress Ko Hyun-jung, who, after a decade in television will make her film debut in Hong Sang-soo‘s latest, "Woman on the Beach," which began shooting last week. She doesn’t have much to say, but the article does mention this about the film:

The film features four 30-something people, who happen to meet each other at a beach and attempt to hook up. Ko will play the role of Mun-suk, a jobless female who studied film music in Germany. Actress Song Seon-mi and actors Kim Seung-woo and Kim Tae-woo have been cast in the other main roles.

In the Guardian, Mark Brown presents a list of the 50 best film adaptations (from books) of all time, according to "a panel of experts." The list is being offered up to the public, who’ll vote on which is the all-time best, and as with any of these type of things, it’s a highly debatable selection. But c’mon, no "Silence of the Lambs"? It should get points just for improving so much on the dismal, airport-paperback quality of its source material.

The latest Blog-a-Thon took place yesterday on the topic of Angie Dickinson. We direct you to Dennis Cozzalio at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule for "Big Bad Mama" ruminations and pointers to the day’s participants.

At The Reeler, S.T. VanAirsdale revisits IFC’s own "This Film Is Not Yet Rated."

Finally, the "Four Eyed Monsters"‘s dynamic duo, Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, will be appearing at the Soho Apple store next Friday to discuss their film and their podcasting.

+ Can Village Voice Make It Without Its Lefty Zetz? (NY Observer)
+ ‘Yeah, I’m at the movies’ (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ A call for drive-in revival (Toronto Star)
+ May 2006 (Sight & Sound)
+ Ko Hyun-jung to Debut on Big Screen (Korea Times)
+ Film of the book: top 50 adaptations revealed (Guardian)
+ ANGIE DICKINSON: THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR (Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule)
+ Dick, IFC Bring ‘Not Yet Rated’ to NYC Audience (The Reeler)
+ Friday, April 28th (Apple Store – Soho)


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.


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…


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.