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Trailering: NYC, Chinatown, the RAF and Auschwitz.

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08252008_newyorkiloveyou.jpgHere‘s the teaser for “New York, I Love You,” Gotham’s answer to the 2006 anthology film “Paris, Je T’aime.” It’s still unfinished, but the trailer — which includes both a Regina Spektor song and one from Feist, surely breaking some kind of indie waif proximity rule — does contain an irritating abundance of characters generalizing about the city. “This is the capital of everything possible,” declares one, not realizing that any true portrait of New York would involve far fewer frou-frou proclamations like that and more dollars and cents discussion of real estate. Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Shunji Iwai, Scarlett Johnansson and Brett Ratner are among the twelve directors contributing, as is Shekhar Kapur, who took on the installment left unfinished by the late Anthony Minghella. The film’s screening as a work in progress at Toronto, and won’t reach theaters until February 13th of next year.

There’s a trailer for “Year of the Fish,” David Kaplan’s rotoscoped, Chinatown-set reinterpretation of Cinderella, here — it opens this Friday.

Here‘s a German trailer for Uli Edel’s “The Baader-Meinhof Complex,” a film about the Red Army Faction starring “The Lives of Others”‘ Martina Gedeck, “The Downfall”‘s Bruno Ganz and “Youth Without Youth”‘s Alexandra Maria Lara. It hasn’t yet premiered, but has still been a source of controversy due to the studio and PR firm’s attempt to block what would presumably be bad buzz by imposing a 100,000 euro fine on any post-press screening journalist caught writing or talking about the film before the week of its opening. David Hudson at Greencine Daily explains; the film opens in Germany on September 25th.

John Boyne’s children’s book “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is told from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy living in Berlin during World War II, whose soldier father moves the family to “Out-With” after being promoted by “the Fury,” a location change that prompts the bored narrator to befriend a lad living beyond a fence with a group of others wearing identical striped pajamas. The trailer for the film, here, by nature has to be a lot less coy than its source material with regards to being about the Holocaust. The novel, a bestseller, has been accused by some of being, well, twee, which isn’t a desirable quality in films on the subject — though the trailer, which offers glimpses of Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis as the mother and father, seems to indicate that fable quality has been toned down. A.O. Scott, reviewing the book for the New York Times in 2006, made the Benigni comparison: “Like that film, this novel uses a child’s perception — tinged with wonder and never entirely alive to the reality of evil — as a way of manipulating the emotional tone.”

[Photo: “New York, I Love You,” Palm Pictures, 2009]

+ “New York I love you” Teaser (Dailymotion)
+ Year of the Fish (Apple)
+ Stunning Full Theatrical Trailer For DER BAADER MEINHOF KOMPLEX! (Twitch)
+ The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (Apple)

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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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