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Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue (photo)

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Based off a Noel Coward play from 1924, “Easy Virtue” is a romantic comedy period film served up in contemporary flair and a modern soundtrack in 1920’s disguise. It’s an odd one. The composer, Marius De Vries brings a wee bit of “Moulin Rouge!” with him to the score. The result is perhaps jarring at times, but certainly more interesting than most.

Director Stephan Elliot (“Eye of the Beholder”) noted, “I have never done this before; I am used to scoring a film, and when something sad happens you put some sad music on, for a happy scene you put happy music on….”

(Left: Jessica Biel and Colin Firth in “Easy Virtue,” courtesy of Sony Picture Classics).

BORING. His awareness of that and desire to try something different here is quite welcome, so whether it succeeds every scene or not, it’s still something of triumph. There’s even more musical tinkering going on beyond all that and the gramophone audio. Several of the cast perform the vocals in more than one tune. Jessica Biel sings the main title track “Mad About the Boy,” and co-star Ben Barnes breaks into song every chance he gets. It’s quite English.

Maybe I’m a strange sucker for period pieces but I wasn’t the only guy my age chuckling a bit in that screening. Gratuitous use of terms like “codswallop” may have helped. There are some great visuals and a preoccupation with turning every reflective surface from billiard balls to Colin Firth’s sunglasses into hot shots that are as uncharacteristic for a period piece as the soundtrack is. And one more thing about that… well here’s a hint.

“Easy Virtue” Opens May 22nd, from Sony Pictures Classics. My Mom is definitely going to see it.

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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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