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IFC News: Afterlives, Bogdanovich.

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This week at IFC News:

We’re prompted by "Wristcutters: A Love Story" is run down a few other high-concept film visions of the afterlife:

What Dreams May Come (1998)

Directed by Vincent Ward

The afterlife is: an interactive art gallery

Vincent Ward’s vision of the great beyond (based, with some significant
alterations, on the novel by Richard Matheson) is best known for its
intense imagery, from the pastoral beauty of Robin Williams’ heaven to
the abject horror of of Annabella Sciorra’s hell. But the ultimate
message is less about how things look after death and more about how we
see them. Sciorra’s character Annie is sent to hell not because she
chose to commit suicide after the death of her children and her husband
Chris (Williams) but because those who commit suicide are so utterly
despondent that they cannot accept the reality of their own death. It’s
only by coming to grips with her own mortality that Annie can escape
her fate and rejoin her husband. Of course, after all that effort, they
decide to get reincarnated anyway, and do the whole living thing over
again from stem to stern. Obviously they were a very sequel-minded

Aaron Hillis talks to Peter Bogdanovich about "Runnin’ Down a Dream" and past adventures:

It’s funny, I find this collaboration so fascinating because of your
tastes. I’d sooner associate you with Cole Porter than Bruce

That’s because I did a lousy movie with Cole Porter music… "At Long Last Turkey."

Are you really that down on "At Long Last Love"? I usually find that
the most notorious commercial bombs tend to be better than the masses
like to give them credit for.

Well, you know, it wasn’t good enough. It should’ve been better. I’m
going to see if Fox will put it out in a correct version, because there
have been, like, six versions of it. But I’m not dying to put it out.
It’s okay, it’s a curiosity.

Michael Atkinson on Roger Corman:

No one has yet made a thoroughgoing case for Corman as an
auteur, and it’s easy to see why: Corman himself has never professed to
be anything but a money-monger, and his boasts over more than a
half-century of prolific culture-making have always been about how
cheaply and quickly his movies were made. (His merciless thrift is also
what allowed him to become something of a film school brat intern
factory, giving low-paying first jobs to Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan
Demme, George Armitage, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, et al.) But
even the most profit-minded producer/director, if he personally churns
out an average of seven films a year for more than a half-century,
stands a good chance at stumbling into disarming originality and
resonance on occasion, and Corman’s own hunger to capitalize on social
trends brought him to many rich arenas.

On the podcast, we survey movie vampires through the ages.

And Chris Bonet has what’s new in theaters.

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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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