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Odds: Wednesday – Lhomme and “The Long Goodbye.”

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"It is a cult film known by the happy few, but not the happy many."
At our own IFC News, Dan Persons talks with "Army of Shadows" cinematographer Pierre Lhomme (who also supervised restoration of the new 35mm print currently playing at Film Forum) about returning to the film and about working with director Jean-Pierre Melville:

He said, "Mr. Lhomme, would you please come into the car?" So I went into the car, and he then he drove me to his home, just like in a thriller. And he immediately spoke to me of cinema. He was fond of cinema; he was speaking always of cinema, nothing else. And he spoke to me mostly of skin tone. I was so surprised. He told me, "I appreciated a lot the skin tone of your last film." No one had told me that before! But I understood afterwards that the skin tone was extremely important to him in this film, that he wanted pale, he would reject all those warm colors on the skin.

At RogerEbert.com, Ebert discusses Robert Altman‘s "The Long Goodbye," our favorite Chandler adaptation because it’s so brilliantly off (though we love the kitsch value of "Lady in the Lake" too — "M*G*M presents a Revolutionary motion picture; the most amazing since Talkies began! YOU and ROBERT MONTGOMERY solve a murder mystery together!").

Samantha Culp has a dispatch and images from the Hong Kong International Film Festival (including one of a tragically orange Louis Koo) at her blog.

At Kaiju Shakedown, Grady Hendrix offers up more of this year’s New York Asian Film Festival line-up — yes! "Ski Jumping Pairs: Road to Torino 2006"!

At the Guardian, Stewart Lee pens an ode to the truly terrible film:

The fact is that truly bad films, like undercover SAS men, hide in plain sight. In the 1950s and 60s we knew them by their bad plotting, bad dialogue, bad acting and low production values. Now those same faults are concealed by big budgets, professional production values, star names and skillful marketing campaigns. Peter Biskind, in his book "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls," cites "Jaws" as the moment where B-movie aesthetics went overground on major motion picture budgets.

Via Gina Keating at Reuters, the AMC theater chain has announced that it will be devoting 72 screens in 39 domestic markets to art-house fare:

AMC, the No. 2 U.S. movie theater chain, said at least one screen in dedicated theaters would show only art house and specialty films under a program dubbed "AMC Select" starting this weekend.

Among the first titles to be offered are the Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth"; "Little Miss Sunshine," starring Steve Carell and Greg Kinnear; and "A Prairie Home Companion" with Lindsay Lohan.

Well, what’d you expect, "Sátántangó"?

At Wired News, Jason Silverman chats with Daniel Clowes about "Art School Confidential."

And at The Age, Hassan Fattah reports on "Keif al-Hal ( How’s It Going?)," the first feature film from Saudi Arabia, a country where there are no legal movie theaters.

+ Q&A: Pierre Lhomme Returns to "Army of Shadows" (IFC News)
+ The Long Goodbye (1973) (RogerEbert.com)
+ Dihnyingjit
(New Territories)
+ NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP 2006 (Kaiju Shakedown)
+ Give me Godzilla any day (Guardian)
+ AMC to devote some screens to art-house films (Reuters)
+ Daniel Clowes Talks Confidential (Wired News)
+ First Saudi film shows real-life drama (The Age)

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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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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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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.

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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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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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