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Bump and “Grindhouse.”

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"Ladies, we're gonna have some fun."
The most revealing quote from Chris Nashawaty‘s Entertainment Weekly "Grindhouse" cover story is from Kurt Russell, who stars in "Death Proof," Tarantino‘s half of the film.

Russell has nothing but praise for Tarantino. When it comes to the director’s fanboy love of the actor’s early films, though, he’s both flattered and a bit creeped out. ”He knows every scene of every movie I’ve ever done, which is a great feeling. But I don’t really understand why Quentin is so fanatical about movies. They’re just movies.”

And there, Mr. Plissken, is the essential dividing line between the cinephiles, obsessives and fanboys, and everyone else who just wants a few flickering images to take their minds off a long day. Also at EW, Tarantino and Rodriguez geek out over their favorite exploitation posters, here.

At her blog at Variety, Anne Thompson writes of "Grindhouse"’s LA premiere:

The audience groaned and screamed and ducked in their seats with sheer pleasure throughout the three-hour running time. At the tent party afterwards the debates ranged on which trailers were best, was Rodriguez better than Tarantino, etc. It all depends on your own taste. You could argue that red-blooded males will love both, while more discerning males and women will vote for the Tarantino. But who knows?

Turning from the film to the genre it salutes, the New York Post‘s Lou Lumenick pays a visit to New York’s last grindhouse theater, the Fair Theatre in East Elmhurst, Queens: "When I begin asking the ticket-taker questions, he summons an assistant manager who said he needed to check with his lawyer. He later told me he was advised not to talk about the theater ‘because of the lawsuit.’"

At Greencine, Michael Guillen interviews "Guru of Gore," "Godfather of Gore" and, most recently, "Dean of Direct Marketing" Herschell Gordon Lewis,  a pioneer of exploitation filmmaking in the 60s.

My opinion is firm that no one has ever walked out of a movie because of a ragged pan. People have walked out of movies or sent them back after looking at 10 seconds of them, saying, "This is pretty doggone dull; I don’t want to see any more of this." Word of mouth can break you in half or word of mouth can make you a giant. It depends on the entertainment value. It doesn’t depend on the critics saying, "Gee. Look at the miserable level of acting in this movie."

And Dennis Cozzalio at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule reports from the halfway point of the Los Angeles Grindhouse Festival:

Suffice to say, the prints from Tarantino’s collection have not been hermetically sealed in a humidor vault to protect them from the onslaught of elements that lend themselves to the decay of celluloid. I realized, 10 or so minutes into Rolling Thunder, that I was glad for all the rumble and warble and popping and thumping and scratches on this print. As pro-restoration and preservation as I am, all of the prints I’ve seen so far in this festival feel like nothing so much as genuine surviving documents of a certain kind of theatrical distribution and exhibition that is almost as lost as this low-budget strain of B-movie is itself.

+ Bloodbath and Beyond (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Poster Boys (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Grindhouse Premieres in L.A. (Variety)
+ H.G. Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (Greencine)
+ SEX AND VIOLENCE x 2: GRINDHOUSE 2007 REPORT (Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule)

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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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