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“Your best friend is your worst enemy always.”

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"What's he supposed to say? 'Very dry?'"
Once again, we pull quotes from those who’ve lately braved the interview circuit:

Patrick Macias at the Japan Times (in a slighter older piece) interviews Michael Arias about how a kid from Southern California ended up being the first foreigner to direct an anime feature — "Tekkon kinkreet," an adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto‘s manga "Black and White."

We absolutely could not have made this film in America. I know because we tried. [Anime director] Koji Morimoto and I made a pilot film back in 1999 and we shopped it around to studios in the U.S. The pilot won a lot of awards and was treated very nicely in Japan and Europe, but the reaction in America was just what you’d expect. Studio execs would look at our work and say, "Great movie, but can you turn the little boy into a little girl?" or "Can you make these characters teenagers?" without even a hint of irony. They’d missed the point completely. But we also wouldn’t have been able to make this film in the U.S. simply because traditional animation is pretty much dead over there. So Japan was really the place to do it.

Ryan Gilbey talks to Gael García Bernal at the London Times:

When I ask if he was affected as a youth by the dominant images of his home country — portrayed by Hollywood as a dangerous place full of sleazy people — he shrugs off the suggestion. “Depends on the day. Depends how you’re feeling. Usually, you don’t give a shit. It’s just movies. You’re aware of those images, but you don’t want to give them undue importance. Should we start a revolution because people are making bad films about us? We should instead make our own movies, and make them good. Indirectly, a film like Babel is the best way of balancing things.”

Joe Carnahan, late of "Narc," has been taking questions, Stallone-style, from the crowd at CHUD. He shares some dark industry truths:

Here’s what elevates projects…MONEY. The money draws the real professionals and makes sure they are fairly compensated. This is muy importante! Whatever shortcomings I have as a filmmaker (and they’re significant!) are easily remedied by having the top people in the business associated with my movie. Tom Cruise is a great case in point, since I believe he took NARC on his back and saved it from being relegated to the art house circuit and forced Paramount to open the movie, just like any other movie opening. This was huge and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to him today.

The Observer has what feels like its nth interview of Daniel Craig, this time talking about "Infamous" with Liz Hoggard:

It’s too easy to call Infamous a gay love story, but the erotic tension between Craig and [Toby] Jones has you on the floor. ‘There was never any self-consciousness about it,’ says Craig. ‘I always think that’s how a love story needs to play out anyway, because it’s just this friendship that starts growing, and if it turns into sex, it turns into sex; but it’s not like two young men meet in a bar, go out back and fuck. This is about two human beings really sitting down and trying to figure each other out.’

Al Weisel interviews Alejandro Jodorowsky at Premiere about the human drama behind the re-release of "El Topo":

What was the conflict with Allen Klein [John Lennon‘s manager and the owner of the rights to the film]?
He wanted me to make a picture and I didn’t want to do it so I escaped. So he said, "If you escape like this, no one will see your picture [El Topo] anymore." We fought for a lot of years, and I gave away videos of the film. But after all these years, we talked on the telephone and realized we were spending a lot of money because we don’t hate each other. We made peace. So I went there to see my old enemy. When he opened the door, he said to me, "You are beautiful. You are not a monster." I say to him, "You are also not a monster, you are like a spiritual master." We are old now. It is 30 years later. So now we are friends… Your best friend is your worst enemy always.

At Variety, Patrick Frater talks to Roy Lee, the producer behind almost every recent Asian film remake.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Maryland, Lee says he faces awkward moments when residents of L.A.’s Koreatown presume he is a Korean national. Says Lee, "I have no idea what they are talking about."

David Lynch, chatting with Scott Thill at Wired News:

Wired: How do you feel taking your work onto the internet years ago has changed you as a filmmaker?

Lynch: Well, it’s huge, because I like to conduct
experiments…. And because of the internet I’ve learned about
AfterEffects, Flash animation and discovered and fallen in love with
digital video. So I just think that going onto the web was so good for
me. It’s just sort of starting, but it’s a beautiful world…. I always
like random access, and I like the idea that one thing relates to
another. And this is part of the internet: It’s so huge, that it is
really an unbounded world. And I think that if we keep our thinking
caps strapped on, we could find something beautiful out there in the
ether.

Edward Norton gets authoritative with Scott Tobias at the Onion AV Club.

I don’t know if you ever saw the Coen brothers movie The Man Who Wasn’t There…

That’s as minimalist as it gets.

That is a masterpiece of minimalism. Forget the film, even. It took such balls for Billy Bob Thornton to give a performance like that. Do you have any idea, as an actor, how courageous you have to be to give that performance?

Scarlet Cheng at the LA Times gets a few words with Zhang Yimou:

Zhang says he’s become more conscious of appealing to audiences, including foreign ones. "Times have changed," he says.

"If you’re always trying to make personal films, they may win prizes, but lose audiences. Then the result is that Hollywood products take over the market. There are many directors in China, including some from the Sixth Generation, who do make these small-scale personal films," he says. "But only a handful can make large-scale films. It’s a matter of who has the experience, and who can get the financial backing for such films. If I can make some of these films, that’s all right with me."

And Gill Pringle thinks Renée Zellweger is skinny at the Independent:

"If [another Bridget Jones film] were to happen, then the least of my concerns would be putting the weight on again. I’ve said it before, I like it when I look a little more voluptuous," says the wafer-thin actress who spends most of our interview eyeing a plate of grapes, although resisting taking a single bite.

+ Anime through an American eye (Japan Times)
+ The Mexican rave (London Times)
+ SMOKIN’ JOE CARNAHAN ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS – PART 6 (CHUD)
+ Agent provocateur (Observer)
+ Q&A: Alejandro Jodorowsky (Premiere)
+ Remake king Lee takes bigger bite (Variety)
+ David Lynch’s Weird, Wired World (Wired)
+ Edward Norton (AV Club)
+ Director with a Midas touch (LA Times)
+ Renée finds her soulmate (Independent)

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Final Countdown

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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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.

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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…