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Odds: “London Fields,” shock art, cookiegate.

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05072008_londonfields.jpgMartin Amis’ novel “London Fields” looks to be back on track to become a film after all, according to the Guardian: “Amis himself is collaborating on the adaptation of his controversial 1989 novel, and may even take a small part in the resulting film, which will be directed by David Mackenzie, best known for the films Hallam Foe and 2003’s Young Adam.” The novel, about a woman who, having foreseen her own death, manipulates the circumstances leading up to it, was for a while one of several projects attached to director David Cronenberg.

“Next month, Ira Isaacs, a 57-year-old Los Angeles-based video director, will sit center stage at what may be the most extreme obscenity trial in U.S. history,” writes Susannah Breslin at Radar. She interviews Isaacs, who’s responsible for such works as “Laurie’s Toilet Show,” “Mako’s First Time Scat” and “Gang Bang Horse (Pony Sex Game),” and who calls his films “shock art.”

Until I saw “2 Girls 1 Cup,” I wouldn’t have thought so many regular people would want to watch this stuff. There are millions of people watching it. For now, it’s probably most people like the shock value of it. This is art that asks questions about what’s ugly, acceptable, taboo. It takes something mundane, like going to the bathroom, and puts it in a new light. It inspires people.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that James Brolin is stepping into the role vacated by James Caan in David O. Russell’s “Nailed” followed last month’s Cookiegate incident.

Bryan Hartzheim at Asian Pacific Arts has a formidable breakdown of the range of reactions to Shinji Higuchi’s “Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess,” a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s nigh untouchable “Hidden Fortress,” following a screening at USC. [Via Kaiju Shakedown]

And at Dissent Magazine, Charles Taylor dwells on John Wayne,” who “remains in some ways the most undefined of iconic movie stars.”

[Photo: UK cover of “London Fields,” Vintage, 1999]

+ Amis ventures back to London Fields after 19 years for film adaptation (Guardian)
+ But Is It Obscene? (Radar)
+ James Brolin gets ‘Nailed’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Finding Fortress (Asian Pacific Arts)
+ The “Duke” and Democracy: On John Wayne (Dissent)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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