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Odds: Friday – Cormac, Coens, Corman.

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Time‘s Lev Grossman gets to watch the semi-reclusive (he has been on Oprah, after all) writer Cormac McCarthy chat it up with the Coen brothers. They talk about dogs and movies and other reclusive types.

C.M. Days of Heaven is an awfully good movie.

J.C. Yeah. Well, he is great, Terry Malick. Really interesting.

C.M.
It’s so strange; I never knew what happened to him. I saw Richard Gere
in New Orleans one time, and I said, "What ever happened to Terry
Malick?" And he said, "Everybody asks me that." He said, "I have no
idea." But later on I met Terry. And he just–he just decided that he
didn’t want to live that life. Or so he told me. He just didn’t want to
live the life. It wasn’t that he didn’t like the films. It’s just, if
you could do it without living in Hollywood …

J.C. One of the great American moviemakers.

C.M. But Miller’s Crossing is in that category. I don’t want to embarrass you, but that’s just a very, very fine movie.

J.C. Eh, it’s just a damn rip-off.

C.M. No, I didn’t say it wasn’t a rip-off. I understand it’s a rip-off. I’m just saying it’s good. [Everybody laughs.]

Producer, director and King of the Bs Roger Corman writes in memory of Charles B. Griffith in the LA Weekly. On coming up with "A Bucket of Blood":

We ended up at a place where Sally Kellerman
(before she became a star) was working as a waitress, and as Chuck and
I vied with each other, trying to top each other’s sardonic or
subversive ideas, appealing to Sally as a referee, she sat down at the
table with us, and the three of us worked out the rest of the story
together.      

Roger Ebert will be honored at the Gotham Awards this year, says the AP, as will Mayor Bloomberg, Javier Bardem and Mira Nair. Afterward, we’re sure, they’ll head over to Gym and spend the night doing shots and telling saucy anecdotes.

At the New York Times, Manohla Dargis on Warhol:

Yet in Warhol’s films the illusions of Hollywood, with its seamless narratives and industrial imperatives, are self-consciously replaced by other illusions, notably those pertaining to identity. The performers in his films play a shifting catalog of roles — biker boy, hustler, debutante, faded movie queen, aged grand artiste — that are simultaneously constructed and poignantly real. This is who we are, each seems to say, whether aggressively staring into (or perhaps, more accurately, staring down) the camera or pretending to ignore it altogether. Though Warhol rarely appears on camera, the films feel profoundly autobiographical; they’re individualistic records of the world in which he played, made art and helped construct his own slippery, elusive identity. They are part ethnography, part memento mori and wholly personal.

Gregg Kilday at the Hollywood Reporter compares Kevin Smith‘s "My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith" to Pepys‘ diary, and pulls a quote on Smith’s famous web battles:

For Smith realizes that if you’re going to open yourself up to the Web’s malcontents, you must respond in kind. "Even though some would consider it a waste of my time, I’ve always felt that if I can’t spare a few minutes to show up the jackasses in life, I’m not living to my fullest potential," he writes.

And Charles Taylor at the Star-Ledger tells the tale of two rock biopics: "I’m Not There" ("what’s high-flown in ‘I’m Not There’ is matched by what’s low-down. The movie has a visionary craziness and a carny barker’s wiliness") and Anton Corbijn‘s great, great "Control" ("The elegant black-and-white photography and the careful framing of the shots might have made the movie seem almost too composed if Corbijn didn’t have such a grip on the life teeming in it").


+ What Happened When a Very Private Writer
(Time)
+ Wild Imagination (LA Weekly)
+ Ebert to Be Honored at Gotham Awards (AP)
+ Unblinking Eye, Visual Diary: Warhol’s Films (NY Times)
+ ‘Boring’ book of blogs true to Smith’s roots (Hollywood Reporter)
+ High & Low: Two rock’n’roll films to rattle you (Star-Ledger)

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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…