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Hero, heroine.

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"You sound like a very scary guy."
At the London Times, Kevin Maher has an entertaining piece inspired by the aging 4s (those would be "Live Free or Die Hard," "Indiana Jones 4" and "Rambo 4") on the various tricks make-up artists, stunt coordinators and trainers use when dealing with creakier leading men:

If your movie revolves entirely around the unblemished perfection of your central macho middle-aged actor there is, of course, the miracle of “digital enhancement” – removing wrinkles digitally in a postproduction suite. “I know plenty of actors who’ve had this done, and plenty of editing suites that are doing it. It’s quite common now to simply lose the wrinkles in postproduction, especially on tight close-ups. A lot of actors now will be digitally enhanced.”

While we’ll have to wait until June 27th to see how audiences favor these, er, matured franchises and film heroes, Scott Bowles at USA Today notes that in comic book adaptations, success seems guaranteed no matter what your reviews, as long as you have a male lead. He cites "Catwoman" and "Elektra," as well as a phrase we’ve never come across before:

The question of women’s roles in superhero stories — dubbed the "women in refrigerators" debate after a Green Lantern issue in which the superhero’s girlfriend was found dismembered in an icebox — began on comic pages and websites but has spilled onto the big screen.

At the Film Experience Blog, Nathaniel R. leads off an Action Heroine Blog-a-Thon that offers a nice counterpoint to the above discussion, or, actually, 47 counterpoints. And over at the Sydney Morning Herald, Andrew Taylor turns to gender in another genre, the biopic, suggesting that not only do we seems to prefer biopics of women to be about "misery, hardship and tragedy," but that

Oscar, its French equivalent, Cesar, and their award statuette cousins love misery. They also appreciate an actor who endures a little of that hardship herself. [Angela] Bassett pumped iron for two hours a day to replicate Tina Turner’s muscular physique for What’s Love Got To Do With It? Similarly, [Nicole] Kidman reportedly walked into a river over and over again for her suicide scene in The Hours.

We’re not sure we agree with all of his points — biopic misery has been pretty equal opportunity lately.

+ Diet hard! Ageing action heroes turn back the clock (London Times)
+ Male heroes draw comic fans (USA Today)
+ Action Heroine HQ (Film Experience Blog)
+ Hollywood’s female formula (Sydney Morning Herald)

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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…