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“Daybreakers” director duo and “The Dark Crystal” sequel.

“Daybreakers” director duo and “The Dark Crystal” sequel. (photo)

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There has been quite a bit of positive buzz going around about the extremely long awaited sequel to the fantasy puppet epic, “The Dark Crystal.” I’m so into that movie, and the good times it provided from 1982, I’m practically a closet Gelfling fetishist.

I have much love for the The Jim Henson Company in general too, but I can’t possibly condone the directorial choice they made on this one: Peter and Michael Spierig. Not having seen their first feature, “Undead,” (I hear it had a quad barrel shotgun, and I’m sure it’s B-movie excellence), I admittedly don’t have too much to go on. However, the goregasm that was “Daybreakers,” was plenty enough to know that these guys are no Jim Henson and Frank Oz.

I quite enjoyed “Daybreakers,” but that’s only because I can enjoy terrible, laughably bad films. It was riddled with the worst kind of willy-nilly editing and nonsensical plot development, complete with missing locations as if it didn’t matter how anyone got from point A to point B as long as someone’s body exploded. If you haven’t seen it, you saved yourself from a schizoid embolism.

The sequel titled, “Power of the Dark Crystal” will be in stereoscopic 3D and will use CGI – thankfully, along with live action and traditional puppetry. But the balancing of those elements will be the key and if the stupidly hilarious teenage spaz-out that was the Spierig’s last directorial effort is any clue, don’t count on there being any restraint.

To be fair, in the Henson Company press release, Michael Spierig said, “We feel a tremendous amount of responsibility in telling this story with the same meticulous care that Jim Henson and Frank Oz gave the 1982 original.” And brother Peter added, “This is a chance to take the world of puppetry into the modern age by using modern techniques (like motion capture CGI) and the tried and true methods (like puppetry and animatronics) to create a one hundred percent real world that is unique to ‘The Dark Crystal’.”

There is no word yet on the score, perhaps Trevor Jones will make a come back? You know you loved his Gelfing tunes.


Trevor Jones, Gelfling pipe music.


Trevor Jones, The Dark Crystal Suite.

I doubt we hear a Trevor Jones score this day and age but there are returning talents. The original fantasy artist Brian Froud returns as the conceptual designer and Craig Pearce (“Moulin Rouge,” “Strictly Ballroom,”) wrote the final script based on an original by David Odell (who wrote the first film).

More Spierig brothers.

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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…