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"Why can't they do numbers like that?"
"I had a revelation while watching Muppets Music Moments," writes Cheryl Eddy at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Statler and Waldorf are the reasons I became a film critic." Truer words, truer words.

The typewriter Christy Brown user to tap out "My Left Foot" is being put up for auction on July 3rd, according to BBC.

Werner Herzog
talks to Logan Hill at New York:

You love to blur the line between your life and work—
For
me, sometimes life and work become indistinct. Fitzcarraldo, he pulled
a 3,650-ton ship over a mountain, with 1,100 savage Indians, in the
middle of the Peruvian jungle? Yes—we’ll do that too. I don’t mind that
other filmmakers make movies with different means. But I’ll do it my
way.

"Half Nelson" director Ryan Fleck discusses "McCabe & Mrs Miller" in the Telegraph: "Throughout, there are sudden zooms in on characters. You don’t know why – it feels very random, and yet it feels right. Or moments when someone is talking and another character is looking at something off-screen. The dialogue is never as important as all those glances."

Hugh Hart at Wired News reports of the filmmakers behind "Four Eyed Monster," who recently put their entire feature film up on YouTube: "In the past week alone, Crumley and Buice say they’ve earned more than $20,000 in referral payments from sponsor Spout.com, a movie rate-and-review site that’s giving the filmmakers $1 for each new recommendation for Monsters made by a site visitor."

"The Cell" director Tarsem Singh‘s film "The Fall" is "what would’ve happened if Andrei Tarkovsky had made ‘The Wizard of Oz,’" according to David Fincher, but as Patrick Goldstein writes in the LA Times, "He can’t get anyone to release the movie."

Several execs I spoke to theorized that Tarsem’s success as a commercial director worked against the film, saying it would’ve received a warmer festival reception if it had been made by a struggling Third World filmmaker instead of a chic director best known for soft-drink ads and R.E.M. videos.

"If the film were in a foreign language, it would probably would have sold right away," says Think Films chief Mark Urman, an admirer of the movie.

At Slate, Blake Bailey examines Sam Mendes‘ planned "Revolutionary Road" adaptation and Richard Yates’ novel: "Were Yates alive to advise Mendes, I daresay he’d insist that the movie begin, as the novel does, with April’s mortifyingly awful performance in an amateur production of The Petrified Forest." And also at Slate, Eric Lichtenfeld dissects the lasting impact of John McClane’s signature line:

When terrorist-slash-exceptional thief Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) taunts hero John McClane (Bruce Willis), "Who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child?" and asks this "Mr. Cowboy" if he really thinks he stands a chance, McClane’s answer—"Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker"—marks the moment that McClane, an everyman, assumes the mantle of America’s archetypal heroes: Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Gunsmoke’s Marshall Dillon, and others who have been so vital to American boyhood. Unlike the many action-movie one-liners that are rooted in the hero’s narcissism, McClane’s stems from our collective wish-fulfillment. He is not referring to himself, not suggesting an "I" or a "me" but an us.

+ Singin’ and shillin’ with the Muppets (SF Bay Guardian)
+ ‘My Left Foot’ typewriter on sale (BBC)
+ Influences: Werner Herzog (New York)
+ Filmmakers on film: Ryan Fleck (Telegraph)
+ Fans Help Filmmakers Win YouTube Deal (Wired News)
+ No one wants to take "The Fall," a film Tarsem Singh made on his own terms (LA Times)
+ Revolutionary Road—the Movie (Slate)
+ Yippee-Ki-Yay … (Slate)

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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…