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"So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it."
"Sunshine boasts extraordinary computer graphic imagery so luminescent you feel you could get sunburn just watching the film," writes Mark Kermode at the Observer.

As a sensory experience, it’s overwhelming. But perhaps more importantly, Sunshine also harks back to a time when sci-fi turned its attention not toward the hallowed teen market but toward the heavens. Although screenwriter Alex Garland has said the inspiration for the film came from ‘an article projecting the future of mankind from a physics-based, atheist perspective’, this ambitious British fantasy increasingly blurs the boundaries between science and religion. In this respect, it falls within a grand tradition of adult-orientated science-fiction which is haunted by the question of divinity, whether as a presence or an absence.

He cites "2001" and "Solaris" as the film’s references in the sloppy kiss of a semi-review, but doesn’t mention a more recent attempt at what he dubs serious sci-fi — "The Fountain" was also ambitious, far-reaching, philosophical and so very straight-faced. Likely he didn’t want to jinx the film — on TV, it seems, we can tolerate some heavy themes in our outer space adventures, but when we go to the theaters, we want to see things blow up.

"Sunshine"’s release has been pushed back to September in the US, though it opens in most of the rest of the world over the course of the next two weeks. Director Danny Boyle is on the press circuit. At the Guardian, he tells Patrick Barkham that his next film will be "Slum Dog Millionaire," "based on a true story about a boy who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire but faces the widespread suspicion that he cheated."

Boyle, slightly surprisingly, says he’d like to work with Hugh Grant. He also hopes to team up with [Ewan] McGregor again. The pair fell out badly when the director refused to cast his usual leading man in The Beach. They have only spoken a couple of times since and, momentarily, Boyle’s enthusiasm dims. "I don’t really hang out with actors. You can’t really be top friends with actors as a director because you are often judging them about something they want to do and you won’t give them."

The Guardian also a transcription of a longer talk between Boyle and Cillian Murphy, the lead of "Sunshine." Boyle:

We did some previews of this, like they do with test audiences in America. They’re always terrible for sci-fi films because the CG is never there. And they stand in front of an audience and they say, "The film you’re going to see tonight is called Sunshine. It’s not finished. You’ll particularly notice that the spaceship looks a little crude and two-dimensional, etc. Please be aware that when the film is finished and finally released, this will all be of a standard you’d expect to see in most movies." So they run the film, the people watch it, and when they ask for comments from the audience, of course the audience members just say, "Well the spaceship was a bit shit, wasn’t it?"

Boyle’s also over at the Telegraph talking to John Hiscock, and at the Australian being interview by Rosalie Higson. Meanwhile, at the Guardian film blog (whcih we seem to be citing a lot today) Samuel Wigley is more measured about the film, concluding "Despite its cumbersome dramatics, Boyle’s new film proves he’s still got the touch. Sunshine has the uplift of one of those light-boxes prescribed to SAD sufferers – few films about impending apocalypse have felt so optimistic, nor so attuned to the beauty about to be eclipsed."

+ 2007: a scorching new space odyssey (Observer)
+ The sun is the star (Guardian)
+ Danny Boyle (Guardian)
+ Another bright idea from Mr Sunshine (Telegraph)
+ Space riders of the apocalypse (The Australian)
+ Has Danny Boyle’s star returned to the firmament? (Guardian)

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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…