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Odds: Friday – Too, too much.

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"Could you go to HELL for a while? "
This time last year, we’d seen a decent chunk of the films we felt we should see. This year? Nowhere near. There are just too many, as Rachel Abramowitz reports in the LA Times, and it’s hurting the Serious Cinema biz.

"I never thought this would happen. There’s such a glut of films that the audience can’t go to them all," says Picturehouse President Bob Berney, pointing to a ream of recently released art films that haven’t gotten any traction in the marketplace. "At any other times these films would be lasting longer and doing better. It is very scary. I just keep hoping it’s temporary. I have these nightmares that this is the way it’s going to be forever."

Gregg Kilday at the Hollywood Reporter notes that everything out there right now is being hawked as a thriller: "Is it any wonder that, faced with such a bewildering onslaught of promised thrills, the two movies that have stood out from the crowd in recent weeks have been Disney’s family-oriented comedy ‘The Game Plan’ and Tyler Perry’s romantic dramedy ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ — the season’s two anti-thrillers?"

Elsewhere, Owen Wilson‘s first post-suicide attempt interview, with Wes Anderson, will go up on MySpace tonight at midnight. According to a spokesperson for the company, "Anderson and Wilson set the agenda themselves, and Anderson directed, edited and produced the whole piece." It’s a pretty convenient convergence of News Corp properties, which leads Sheila Marikar at ABC News to speculate harshly on this as a big PR stunt. (Though would any classify it as journalism, really?) And at the Guardian Film Blog, David Thomson follows up on the "Watch this space. What does that mean? That he might be something one day." entry he gave Anderson in the 2002 edition of the Biographical Dictionary of Film. He no longer recommends we watch that space.

Joel Brown at the Boston Globe checks in on the American Repertory Theatre’s stage adaptation of "Donnie Darko."

Grady Hendrix at Slate finds the "Saw" movies give new meaning to the term "torture porn":

For many, the most unbearable movie moment of 2005 was a woman’s eye being plucked out in Eli Roth’s Hostel. For me it was watching one of the New Kids on the Block and the star of Decoys 2: Alien Seduction debate the meaning of life in Saw II. The idea that, in an act of brand loyalty, millions of people are going to line up this weekend and pay money to get a lecture on personal commitment and productivity from a puppet is so horrible, so degrading to the human spirit, that I have to close my eyes and look away. It’s absolute torture.

And the London Times unveils a viewer voted-on list of the "50 Scariest Movie Moments," complete with YouTube links. Ah, "The Ring." Between your two incarnations, you launched a terrible trend of too many soggy ghost girls, and yet nothing can make us bury our face in the couch cushions with our hands over our ears like that television scene.

+ Indie films could use a little ‘Sunshine’ (LA Times)
+ Audiences pummeled with cheapened thrills (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Owen Wilson’s Tell-All or PR Ploy? (ABC)
+ Biographical Dictionary of Film No 25: Wes Anderson (Guardian Film Blog)
+ Demon rabbits, sacrifice, and the end of the world (Boston Globe)
+ The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Torturers (Slate)
+ Top 50 Scariest Movie Moments (London Times)

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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…