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You’d Like to Move It, Move It?

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Sony’s entry into the motion-control sweepstakes-also known as Trying to Get Some of That Wii Money-finally hits stores today. I wrote about it a bit in my E3 wrap-up, where it faced off against Microsoft’s controller-free Kinect camera. Now that it’s out in the wild, here’s a few things you should consider if you want to pick it up.

It’s Not Just Another Version of the Wii
The Move setup uses a camera and a wand-shaped controller. Sony’s technology uses the Playstation Eye camera–along with a three-axis acceleromter–to track the glowing ball and map movement. The combo of visual and positional data makes the Move feel more precise as a result. For another thing, the Playstation’s beefier graphics hardware makes Move games look sharper than anything on the Wii.

Get ready for your close-up
Some of the Move games will use your image to interact with on-screen elements. The prime example of this is “Start the Party,” a collection of wacky mini-games. You and your real-life background appear on the screen, but instead of holding the Move controller, you’ll be holding hair clippers to shave heads, a paintbrush to draw with or a pin to pop balloons with. The augmented reality implementation is impressive and even a little trippy.

So far, the standouts are…
“echochrome ii”: Don’t worry about the numeral part of the title, because this game is no hacked-out sequel. echochrome ii veers pretty broadly from its predecessor in order to carve out a unique experience with Move. The core concept is the same: an architectural puzzle game that tasks players to steer a walking mannequin through spare, disconnected landscapes. But, instead of moving a virtual camera so that gaps and other hazards become obscured or no longer visible, you’re using the Move wand as a flashlight to cast shadows and create pathways for your avatar to walk through. The shadowplay

“Sports Champions”: Yes, a package of sports-themed gestural games is suspicisouly reminiscent of “Wii Sports.” But there’s a variety to the bundled activities-bocce ball, disc golf (played with a virtual Frisbee) and archery-that the Nintendo runaway hit doesn’t have. And the actual play experience feels weightier and more accurate than the sports games on Wii. You feel like you’re competing, not playing.

And avoid these clunkers…
“Kung-Fu Rider”
The goofy concept-playing as two characters racing and karate-chopping bad guys through city streets while sitting on a variety of wheeled items like vacuum cleaners or desk chairs-wins you over at first. But the game is too long by half and filled with repetitive sections.

“Racquet Sports”
This Ubisoft game is just too much of a mediocre thing. Tennis and ping pong are fine, but when you start getting into badminton, that just smacks of desperation. More problematic is the sameness of the playable characters and the odd disconnect between the gestural input and on-screen movement. Awkward and one-note don’t exactly scream cutting edge.

The best Move games aren’t here yet
As with any emerging technology, the game designers and creators working with Move are only just scratching the surface. Frankly, some of the games for the Move’s launch catalog are Wii titles that have been re-purposed-like Crave Entertainment’s “Brunswick Pro Bowling,” for example-with hefty graphical upgrades. There will likely be some truly inspired and trippy motion control games a year from now, and that alone presents the best reason for getting a Move.

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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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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…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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