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Lists of love and kitsch.

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"But the lazy ways of the hippies are not for Brother Power..."
At the New York Daily News, Joe Neumaier has a Valentine-inspired list of New York City’s "100 most romantic movies" that stretches and strains to cover all bases. Better is Mary Beth Ellis‘ resolvedly bitter list at MSNBC for the established couples in the crowd:

"Apollo 13"
Tom Hanks has been stranded on an island and an airport, so why not in space? No matter how humdrum your lives might seem, it is at least preferable to floating in a sick spaceship 240,000 miles from Earth in a very small space with only Kevin Bacon and a cache of frozen hot dogs to turn to for comfort.

At the LA Times, Geoff Boucher notes that Hollywood is fast running out of even remotely recognizable superheroes on which to pin blockbusters. He rummages through the comic book archives for forgotten characters to pitch:

Brother Power the Geek (DC Comics, 1968)
DC Comics (which was about as edgy as "Ozzie and Harriet") wanted to get groovier a year after the Summer of Love, which led to Brother Power the Freak — but the skittish editors, worried that sounded too druggy, changed the name at the last minute. It just got worse and worse. The origin: A hippie gets a beat-down by some war-loving thugs so he puts his bloodied, wet and tattered clothes on a mannequin to dry them out. Lightning hits the mannequin and it comes to life. The rag doll with the tie-dyed spirit takes up the struggle against The Man and tries to unite his hippie pals.

In the second issue, he gets shot into space by then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan(!) but, with no interest in a third issue, he became a forgotten 1960s icon just floating around in the stratosphere, sort of like Tiny Tim.

The star: Andy Dick.

The selling point:
There hasn’t been a quality stoner flick since "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle."

At Wired, Jason Silverman|surveys four "visionary" films from writer Michael Crichton‘s halcyon years as a director in the 70s and 80s, among them "Looker,"  recently out on DVD, a thriller about computer generated models, subliminal messaging and plastic surgery.

Finally, the Onion AV Club has a list that’s about neither love nor kitsch, but that’s still worth reading: "15 Pop Songs Owned By Movie Scenes."

+ NYC’s 100 most romantic movies (NY Daily News)
+ Valentine’s day movies for established couples (MSNBC)
+ Enlisting third-string saviors (LA Times)
+ Crichton’s Closet of Tech Horrors (Wired News)
+ Inventory: 15 Pop Songs Owned By Movie Scenes (AV Club)

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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…