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Blam.An overview of recent quotables:

Talking to Phillip McCarthy at the Sydney Morning Herald, Joe Carnahan, evidently smarting from the critical reception with which "Smokin’ Aces" was met, snarls the following about his film’s being labeled Tarantinoesque:

"There seems to be this school of know-nothing critics who, when someone so much as touches a gun or utters some variation of the F-word, insist that it was all cribbed from Tarantino," Carnahan says. "I find that absurd. It’s as though sliced white bread, the internal combustion engine and the neo-noir pulp thriller were all invented in 1992 by this genius. So what were people like Don Siegel, Sam Peckinpah or the Coen brothers doing before that?…It’s my big beef at the moment. Since when did everything with an overlay of violence or a hit man become the intellectual property of Tarantino? We bitch about things being derivative but then we act like there’s no film history pre-1992. It’s really disturbing."

Well, we’ll give him this — we’d never have labeled "Smokin’ Aces" a Tarantino rip-off. Guy Ritchie, sure, but Tarantino? Meh…too easy. Over at Pullquote, the cinetrix points to Carnahan’s blog, where he mocks A.O. Scott’s failure to be Tony Scott, and offers a spot that makes use of Scott’s scorcher of a negative review to hype the film.

At the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Kimberly Chun talks with Werner Herzog about "The Wild Blue Yonder":

SFBG You talk about long shots being unheard of on TV. But in a lot of ways you’ve created a music video, though MTV might be considered the polar opposite of what you do. Or do you have an affinity for MTV?

WH
I think MTV would love the film. Truly, they would love it. [Pauses] Er, I may be wrong. But I could imagine that the people who watch MTV would love the film.

Kuriko Sato has a lengthy interview with Rinko Kikuchi (now with Oscar nomination!) at Midnight Eye:

What kind of films do you like to watch?

I like John Cassavetes‘ films a lot. They influenced me strongly. I also like Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers, films that describe the fragility of human beings.

That is serious cinema. Do you consider yourself a cinephile?

Yes, cinema is a kind of bible to me. I studied a lot from films – history, music, relationships between man and woman (laughs). I never did much studying in school. I was saved by cinema. So I figured that if I could enter the world of cinema, my life would be saved.

At The Age, Jim Schembri has a punchy Q&A with Chris Noonan of "Babe" and "Miss Potter":

Is it true you actually cried when you read [the screenplay for "Miss Potter"], you big wuss?

I know. I was a very big wuss. But I am a very big wuss. If you make a cute, moving nappy commercial, I will probably cry. I am a sucker. I surrender to the manipulations of anyone with a camera and a soundtrack. When it comes down to a feature film, however, I don’t surrender so easily. It has to be pretty good before it gets me.

And over at the Japan Times, Mark Schilling talks with John Williams, a British expat living in Japan who’s just directed his second film, "Starfish Hotel."

When you live here, you realize how diverse Japanese society is and how diverse the Japanese film industry is. Other people are working here who are not Japanese, who are Chinese or whatever. But still — sometimes I think I want to make a film under a Japanese name and see if I get a different reaction (laughs).

Schilling also reviews the film, here.

+ Pulp friction (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ Grizzly spawn (SF Bay Guardian)
+ Rinko Kikuchi (Midnight Eye)
+ One for the wusses (The Age)
+ Tokyo’s dark side
(Japan Times)

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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…