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Odds: Wednesday – Marilyn? And Mary Harron.

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Beware the Beard of Seriousness.
A few bits: At indieWIRE, Eugene Hernandez reports that Lars von Trier‘s latest, "The Boss of it All," will have its international premiere at the 2006 Festival du Nouveau Cinema. And it’s a comedy! Via the Guardian, Helena Bonham Carter will be in the next Harry Potter film, playing, natural, a villain — Bellatrix Lestrange. And, from Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter, Paul Dano continues to have one of the hippest careers around. He’ll star opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest, "There Will Be Blood."

Andrew Sarris reviews "Clerks II" in the New York Observer, and is ever more amusingly removed from current pop culture:

(Though curiously, I must note, there is another “jackass” flick on the
moviegoing horizon, and this one seems to pride itself on its bad taste
and, since it is a sequel, on the bad notices received by its
predecessor. As far as I know, however, there is no interspecies
intercourse, simulated or otherwise, in this other jackass movie—though
I speak only from having seen its coming attractions. It started out as
a television series, I believe, whose point was to show the many ways
that human beings will make fools of themselves in order to get some
media attention.)

In the Telegraph, director Mary Harron discusses "Mulholland Drive" with Sheila Johnston:

"It’s David Lynch‘s film about Hollywood and the underlying paranoia
you always have – I always have – there. You feel your friends can be
your enemies and your enemies can be your friends; you can be famous
and then you can fall, just like that. It has a phantasmagorical
quality, a bit like a dream, and also a bit like a nightmare. It can
switch on a dime, and the film caught that brilliantly."

Nathan Rabin interviews Alan Arkin at the Onion AV Club; Michael Guillen at The Evening Class interviews Jenni Olson, whose "The Joy of Life" is one of two films about the Golden Gate Bridge as a suicide landmark making the festival rounds (the other being Eric Steel‘s "The Bridge"). At the Sydney Morning Herald, George Palathingal interviews Martin Freeman about the upcoming "Confetti" and the burden of being Tim from "The Office," while at The Australian, Rosalie Higson speaks to Michael Apted about "49 Up":

"Had I started the film 10 years later, I think it would have been very different," Apted says by telephone from his base in Los Angeles.

"The film really outgrew its politics and became much more character and human issue-driven, and therefore of more substance than if politics were uppermost. It’s still there because their lives are political in a way, but I always say that this is only a snapshot of England through the eyes of people who were born in the mid-’50s, half a century ago. I don’t mean that the class system has evaporated, far from it, but I don’t think it is quite as striking and as devastating as it used to be."

In the LA Times, Robert W. Welkos writes a lengthy piece on Sherrie Lea Laird, a 43-year-old Canadian woman who believes she’s the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe, and the "past life regression" therapist who believes her. Ah, August.

Girish has all the links for today’s avant-garde blog-a-thon, along with a lovely piece on
Joseph Cornell‘s The Children’s Trilogy.

And at Entertainment Weekly, Gary Susman examines the role Robin Williams‘ facial hair (or lack thereof) has had on the quality of the films in which he’s starred. This is quite similar to a conversation we had with a colleague after a recent screening of "The Night Listener," in which we concluded that the Beard of Seriousness roles don’t necessarily encompass all of Williams’ attempts at being an actor to be reckoned with. He will sometimes go clean-shaven to play an ominous crazy — see "One Hour Photo" and "Insomnia." Incidentally, in another conversation with another colleague, we decided that a short scene in the aforementioned Patrick Stettner film in which Williams is tasered could have gone on for another hour and a half and been a perfectly enjoyable feature unto itself.

+ Von Trier’s "Boss" Set for Montreal Fest (indieWIRE)
+ Bonham Carter’s spell with Harry Potter (Guardian)
+ "Sunshine" kid draws "Blood" role (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Intercontinental Intrigue Ravishes Screen in Vice (NY Observer)
+ Film-makers on film: Mary Harron (Telegraph)
+ Alan Arkin (Onion AV Club)
+ THE JOY OF LIFE—The Evening Class Interview With Jenni Olson (The Evening Class)
+ Freeman tries his hand at marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ Apted’s seven-year itch scratched again (The Australian)
+ Giving more life to Marilyn? (LA Times)
+ Joseph Cornell (
+ Beard Science (Entertainment Weekly)

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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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