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“Kurt Russell is to the right of Attila the Hun.”

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08282008_escapefromnewyork.jpgQuotes from the interview circuit:

“No one seems to mention that the President of the United States in Escape from New York is British! [Laughs] We made up some story about him being the love child of Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. That didn’t make it into the movie because Kurt Russell is to the right of Attila the Hun. He actually doesn’t think we should have to pay for roads–unbelievable. But we’re friends because we respect each other’s work ethic. He’s a wonderful guy; I love him.”
         –John Carpenter on political disillusionment at Time Out New York.

“You know, at a certain point, especially in a movie like The Big Lebowski, you’ve got to think ahead. At a certain point, we had to sit down and say, ‘All right. it’s gotta be somebody’s fucking toe.’ And that was before we actually got to the scene that discloses it, but well after the toe itself showed up.”
         –Ethan Coen on the brothers’ screenwriting process, in an excerpt from “The Big Lebowski: The Making of a Coen Brothers Film” published at Film In Focus.

“It’s realistic but it has special effects. It’s a mix between Cronenberg and — I don’t know what–um… the Dardenne brothers!”
         –François Ozon describes his next film, “Ricky,” at the Guardian.

“Very few people swagger here. They’re driven by ambition, but they don’t have to broadcast that all the time.”
         –Michel Gondry (interviewing alongside girlfriend Gabrielle Bell, whose comic provided the transplanted source material for his section of “Tokyo!”) on the difference between New York and Tokyo, at the Japan Times.

“As an Arab-American woman, I am of course aware that the title of my book is an ethnic slur. Indeed, I selected the title to highlight one of the novel’s major themes: racism. In the tradition of Dick Gregory’s autobiography Nigger, the Jewish magazine Heeb, or the feminist magazine Bitch, the title is rude and shocking, but it is not gratuitous.”
         –“Towelhead” author Alicia Erian on why the title for the film adaptation of her work shouldn’t be looked at as offensive, at The Hot Blog.

[Photo: Kurt Russell in “Escape From New York,” AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1981]

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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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