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Another retelling of Robin Hood, and another rock score.

Another retelling of Robin Hood, and another rock score. (photo)

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My only real interest left in the Super Bowl (gone are the days of Packer Majik) are the high priced spots for the big studio movies due out in the coming months. There wasn’t much of interest, but being a sucker for medieval pictures and Ridley Scott I did get a bit antsy in my tights over “Robin Hood,” which I had not yet seen a trailer for.

Over in the UK they have a new Robin Hood reinvention every few years, but they’re understandably sparse over here. 1991 saw the last “serious” efforts with both the Kevin Costner romp “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “Robin Hood” with Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman. Both had scores that were mediocre at best, with Costner’s version reaching absurd light rock heights – recall Bryan Adam’s mega hit “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” which accompanied the film. And I think composer Michael Kamen (“Brazil,” “Die Hard”) was channeling riffs from “The Goonies” score.

Now we have the adventurously titled, “Robin Hood” teaming Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, and Composer Marc Streitenfeld together again. The three worked on “American Gangster” and more obviously here, on “Gladiator” – although there Streitenfeld was music editor and infamous electro-turd Hans Zimmer was composer.

The music in the trailer for our new Robin Hood incarnation was of course, totally disappointing, just another modern rock salvo set to action cues like all the rest. Garbage. Dated garbage, and it will be revealed as such in time to those for whom this is not already apparent. We’ll all have chuckle.

Roger Friedman wrote, in the Hollywood Reporter blog, that the film has a serious bent to it. Then asks, “But wait: Does the public want a dark, brooding Robin Hood who takes Sherwood Forest seriously?”

He goes on to claim that “Robin Hood movies and TV shows are always fun,” adding with information from a source that, “The Ridley Scott movie doesn’t sound like fun from what I’ve been told. It’s dead serious.”

I couldn’t disagree more with the idea that a Robin Hood retelling should be “fun.” We had that in ’93, it was called “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” If the source is right, who described this Scott project thusly, “I don’t know if it will make money,” says a source. “But it will be respected. It’s dark, violent and very Gladiator,” then there is hope for it.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…