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The Five Best Christmas Movies According To Our Twitter Followers

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Yesterday we listed some of the worst Christmas movies ever, you know, the ones we won’t be showing you on Christmas day, so we can bring you an all day Freaks and Geeks marathon? As a companion piece, today we are looking at some of the best Christmas movies ever. Not that we will be showing them, because, hello: A Freaks and Geeks marathon trumps all.

For a category that is by definition family friendly and generally saccharine sweet, there were a lot of rock-solid contenders for our top five. For example, “Gremlins” is a Christmas movie. As are “Die Hard”, “Scrooged”, “Elf”, “Miracle on 34th St”, and “Home Alone”, which is arguably one of the best slapstick movies made in the modern age. We didn’t add Elia Kazan’s classic “It’s A Wonderful Life”, mostly because we didn’t want candy canes chucked at our heads, but as a Christmas movie that starts with a dude about to kill himself and ends with the moral that your greatest gift to the world is just showing up and trying, it is definitely Miss Congeniality in this contest. Second runner up? “Nightmare Before Christmas”.

The five best movies are:

5. While some may consider “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” one of the worst films ever made, if one thinks of it as more Ed Wood and less, say, Ingmar Bergman, it’s quite briliant. Besides, it’s the best movie ever for playing Mystery Science Theater 3000 at home. And what brings a family together more than that?

4. Speaking of Ingmar Bergman, his classic “Fanny and Alexander” is a Christmas tradition. The Yuletide festivities look good enough to brave a Swedish winter, even with the “magical way” they put out candles.

3. How can we explain our enduring adoration of “Bad Santa”? Three words: Billy Bob Thornton. This is undoubtedly the role he was born to play. He owns Santa.

2. How is that no matter how many times you see it, you never quite get tired of watching “A Christmas Story”? There is just something timelessly captivating about watching young Ralphie beat the crap out of the bully, the pink bunny costume, the leg lamp, Santa’s elf kicking Ralphie down the slide as Santa laughs “You’ll shoot your eye out!”, and Schwartz freezing his tongue to the metal pole. Besides, the other movie Bob Clark made was “Porky’s”, which means that Bob Clark knows what’s up when it comes to being young. Also, this gangster mix (NSFW language wise):

1. In “The Thin Man”, Nick and Nora Charles show us mere mortals how to do Christmas right with many drinks, a couple of aspirin, lots of wit, and just the right dash of humor. Also, nice Christmas presents help:

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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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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…