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New York Film Critics Circle Also Goes “Social”

New York Film Critics Circle Also Goes “Social” (photo)

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“The Social Network” picked up awards from the New York Film Critics Online, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association over the weekend, and now they can add the New York Film Critics’ Circle to its growing trophy case as well. The NYFCC picked the film as the best of 2010 along with David Fincher as the year’s best director. Here’s the NYFCC’s full list of award winners:

Best Film: “The Social Network”
Best Director: David Fincher (“The Social Network”)
Best Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Best Actress: Annette Bening (for “The Kids Are All Right”)
Best Actor: Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”)
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”)
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique (“The Black Swan”)
Best Animated Film: “The Illusionist”
Best Non-fiction Film : “Inside Job”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Carlos”
Best First Feature: “Animal Kingdom”

In the press release announcement of the awards, NYFCC chair Armond White said, “This year’s choices reflect the current critical mindset. It’s proof that it’s always a good year for movies.” Really? Cause I was under the impression that White hated most of these movies. Like:

“The Social Network” – “Like one of those fake-smart, middlebrow TV shows, the speciousness of ‘The Social Network’ is disguised by topicality.”

“The Kids Are All Right” – “…takes the PC-storybook flashpoint ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ and turns it into a sitcom, primed to flatter mainstream sensibility.”

“The King’s Speech”: “…each scene in ‘The King’s Speech’ is so poorly staged that its ineptitude sometimes borders on the avant-garde.”

“Black Swan”: “Aronofsky’s ethnic denial and escape into Nina’s psychological trauma actually trivializes her artistic pursuit. Turning art into genre movie silliness is a careerist’s dance.”

“Carlos”: “‘Carlos’ gives hipsters ‘Munich’ minus the moral conviction and dramatic cogency that hipsters fashionably distrust.”

Hm. I guess White, as chairman of the organization, is obligated to provide a generically positive quote. Maybe “Other than these five horrible movies that we gave eight of our twelve awards to, it was a good year for movies,” just didn’t have the same ring to it. As for “The Social Network,” its critical acclaim is growing so fast it appears to be spreading virally, like a video of a cat playing the piano on Facebook.

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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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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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A-O Rewind

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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