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Talky thing, ain’t ya?

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No, you can't keep it.
Plowing through several days worth of interviews and profiles, the lazy way:

Byambasuren Davaa (director of "The Story of the Weeping Camel" and the more recent "The Cave of the Yellow Dog"), chatting with the London TimesWendy Ide:

Davaa took a crew of just six people to Mongolia, interviewing each in depth to avoid the problems she faced on her first film when she discovered that she had inadvertently employed a vegetarian, which is "suicide" in Mongolia. "I picked the team very carefully and tried to make them adapt and integrate into the culture of the Mongolian nomads. I intended from the beginning that the crew should be very small so that they could build a close relationship with the family."

The inescapable Johnny Depp, talking with the Telegraph‘s John Hiscock:

The notion of playing Hamlet has also been in the back of his mind ever since Marlon Brando suggested he should do it a decade or so ago. "Marlon wanted me to escape movies for a while," he says, slipping into a spot-on Brando impersonation: ‘Take a year off. Go on. Study Shakespeare.’

"So it’s one of the things that keep ricocheting around in my head. He told me that by the time he had got to the point where he felt he could do Hamlet, it was too late. So he said, ‘Do it now, do it while you can.’

"And I would like to do it – although it’s one of the more frightening ideas I’ve had. I think as an actor it is good to feel the fear of failing miserably. I think you should take that risk. Fear is a necessary ingredient in everything I do.

"But if I do Hamlet it will probably be in a small theatre on a small stage and it will have to be very, very soon because I’m getting a little long in the tooth for it."

Michel Gondry, on "The Science of Sleep" with James Mottram at the Independent:

There’s no doubt as to why [Charlotte] Gainsbourg feels the film is "close to" [Charlie] Kaufman‘s work, a comparison that sees Gondry screw up his pale face. "Why would she say that?" he sniffs, half-joking. "I’m going to call her and complain." With his curly brown hair, checked shirt and soft manner, Gondry rather resembles his erstwhile scribe. Slightly exasperated, he concedes they share some sensibilities. "Maybe, we have in common certain negative feelings," he says, "and some feelings about relationships and emotion."

A charmingly odd Naomie Harris, with Stuart Husband in the Observer:

‘On ‘Miami Vice,’ Michael [Mann] kept saying, whatever you need, you can have,’ she says. ‘Like, do you think it would help your research to fly to Ghana and meet some tribal leader? The budget was bottomless.’ Harris settled for heading off to the Bronx and training with the Drug Enforcement Agency. ‘I learnt to fire machine guns and went out on an actual drug baron arrest,’ she says incredulously.

Richard Linklater on "A Scanner Darkly," with Peter Howell at the Toronto Star:

He has no illusions about the box office potential of what he calls "this weird little indie film." "Scanner" is opening against "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest," the Johnny Depp-starring blockbuster sequel that could well have one of the biggest openings in history. Linklater sees "Scanner" as counter-programming for brainy film buffs, who may need to see it two or three times to get what it’s all about.

And if people leave the theatre feeling completely bummed about the future of humanity, that’s okay by him. "Sometimes it’s just what the doctor ordered," he says of the negativity.

D.A. Pennebaker, talking "Monterey Pop" with the San Francisco Chronicle‘s John Clark:

Q: Were you approached about shooting Woodstock?

A: Over and over. Not because I was such a fantastic filmmaker but because hardly anyone had made a film like that. One of the reasons I avoided Woodstock was because I didn’t want to get enmeshed in huge numbers of people. Hanging around it were all of these people who were out to make money. What I considered to be the good managers of the good groups were not going to be in it. Albert (Grossman) wasn’t going to let Dylan go there, or the Band. I thought the music wasn’t going to be good, so I didn’t want to get into it at all.

The great (and old) Seijun Suzuki, with the Guardian‘s Steve Rose:

Suzuki expresses surprise at the regard with which he is now held by the younger film-making generation. When Jim Jarmusch met him a few years after paying homage to him in "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai," he described him as "amazing" and likened him to a Japanese Sam Fuller, but the respect hardly seems to have been mutual. "I told him I liked his film, but I said it wasn’t really good for a character to die on the street," says Suzuki. "For us Japanese, the place of death is very important, but what could I do? This is American culture."

Wim Wenders, talking to Stephanie Bunbury at The Age about America:

"This hostile takeover by the religious right has created an unpleasant climate," he says. "It makes you feel like you want to scratch yourself all the time."

+ Steppes back in time (London Times)
+ Truly, madly, Depply (Telegraph)
+ Michel Gondry: No more the dreamer (Telegraph)
+ Miami Nice (Observer)
+ Linklater’s Dark Place (Toronto Star)
+ SPEAKING OF DVDS: D.A. PENNEBAKER (SF Chronicle)
+ Man on the Moon (Guardian)
+ Where whim wanders (The Age)

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…