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Odds: Wednesday – On demand, pie.

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Easy as pie.
"If each film ‘generation’ has its own particular point of view, as surely, drastically, the next one will, then what is ours? And how does it aid/impede us?" wonder editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert in the new issue of Reverse Shot:

One obvious answer, the depths of which haven’t been plumbed enough in our film culture, is that most of us came of age as cinephiles in the era of home video. In our early years, films for us weren’t hallowed objects writ large on movie palace screens, or even out-of-the-way art houses — €”they were cramped onto TV screens, played on VCRs, wrenched away from their "€œproper"€ place of worship. Yet this didn’t change the value they held for us. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, we were the first generation which had access to a wide array of movies all of the time.

And so they charge their writers to dwell on a film each has seen over and over, leading to an interesting array of essays ranging from Brendon Bouzard on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" to Chris Wisniewski on "Cabaret." Interesting stuff, and a nice way of sidestepping the too-common question of the guilty pleasure.

We overuse the term "infuriating," as do many others, but there really is no more accurate way to describe Rick Caine and Debbie Melnyk‘s doc about Michael Moore, "Manufacturing Dissent" (our thoughts from SXSW are here). Melnyk has an article in the Telegraph’s Seven Magazine that essentially lays out the premise and contents of the doc, and echoes the dissonance that arises in the film — the Caine and Melnyk make use of the most irritating of Moore’s own tactics and tone to criticize him:

At a recent event in New York, Moore was asked about our film, which we’d decided to call Manufacturing Dissent.

‘The Noam Chomsky film?’ he replied, coyly referring to the Chomsky documentary Manufacturing Consent. The journalist who had asked the question persisted: ‘No. Manufacturing Dissent, the film about you and your film-making methods.’ But Moore claimed he knew nothing about it.

The Onion AV Club offers a list of "wildly mismatched romantic pairings," among them the classic John Travolta and Lily Tomlin in "Moment By Moment" and James Woods and Dolly Parton in "Straight Talk."

At the Guardian‘s Film Blog, Karina Mantavia has thoughts on the ill-advised Richard Gere/Shilpa Shetty kiss that had outraged Indians burning Gere in effigy:

Give or take a song, the scenario itself has played out like a Bollywood storyline – two lone innocents representing common sense and human values battling against an unjust and repressive society. The furious activists, including those burning effigies of both actors, mainly hail from Hindu fundamentalist groups: Shiv Sena, and the rather sinister youth wing of the rightwing BJP. Both have appointed themselves the guardians of Indian womanhood against corrupt western influences.

According to Min Lee at the AP, Chow Yun-Fat has ankled John Woo‘s $80 million "Red Cliff" just as the film started shooting. The film is the latest in an ancient tradition of films to be declared the most expensive ever made in the nation; a producer claims "the Chinese government views the film, based on an ancient battle, as a showcase of Chinese history and wants it released before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing."

And at the New York Times, Julia Moskin writes of Adrienne Shelley‘s "Waitress" and it’s love of a particular kind of pastry:

Because Ms. Shelly’s life may have ended in a way that her protagonist both fears and escapes — at the hands of a violent young man — parts of “Waitress” are more painful to watch than Ms. Shelly could have intended. But the film always finds solace in the kitchen, where picturesque clouds of flour drift in warm light, where custards never boil over, where crusts never burn.

+ Issue 19: On Demand (Reverse Shot)
+ Taking on the big man (Telegraph)
+ Inventory: 13 Films With Wildly Mismatched Romantic Pairings (Onion AV Club)
+ The Richard Gere/Shilpa Shetty kiss: made in Bollywood (Guardian Film Blog)
+ Chow Yun-Fat drops out of `Red Cliff’ (AP)
+ Looking for Solace in a Slice of Pie (NY 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

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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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