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Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe, Malakai… Franklyn?

Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe, Malakai… Franklyn? (photo)

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I remember seeing this trailer for a film called “Franklyn,” and although it looked a bit like Liam Neeson’s masked “Dark Man” tripping balls in a remake of 1998’s “Dark City” it also reminded me a bit of the kind of fantasy Terry Gilliam would entertain. Add Eva Green and I’m sold. The UK production also featured Ryan Phillippe, Sam Riley (who played Ian Curtis in “Control”) and LOTR’s Bernard Hill (King Theoden of course).

I just forgot all about it, thinking the requisite marketing barrage would remind me to brave the usual weekend troglodytes for some big screen fun, maybe I’d even get a screener. You can imagine how mystified I was to discover that this had gone straight to DVD in the US. What? Well I got my hands on a copy and while director Gerald McMorrow seems like he juggled one too many balls, I still can’t figure how this did not get a release. Look at the dog turds that get released every weekend in this country.

The story weaves around four characters (eventually all tied together), none of whom are given enough room to shine, especially given the aforementioned cast. One of them, Phillippe, does not seem to be in the same world as the others and intriguing as it is, it doesn’t quite work until it’s too late. The editing left me baffled, and not in a good way. It’s great to look at though, considering the budget – reportedly a mere $10.4 million, I might have to call it brilliant. McMorrow is listed as a runner on “Hardware,” an incredibly tough 1990 Sci-Fi picture that it seems he learned a few tricks from.

The best thing about “Franklyn” might be this band, Malakai, that I discovered while watching it. Joby Talbot (“Son of Rambow”) scores, but Malakai gets most of the glory. The Bristol, UK duo is a sample-heavy, 60’s deep trip outfit of the highest order. I’ll be investigating them further for sure.

Check out this Electric Prunes come Tricky ditty, “Fading World” that rolls at the end of the film.

Malachai – Fading World by DominoRecordCo

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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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