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The Poison Tree’s “My Only Friend” Through The Lens Of Orson Welles

The Poison Tree’s “My Only Friend” Through The Lens Of Orson Welles (photo)

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In the history of cinema, there are few shots as technically stimulating, or as spectacularly choreographed as the opening tracking shot of Orson Welles’ 1958 Film Noir masterpiece, “Touch of Evil.” There are other contenders to be sure, Altman’s homage to Welles’ famous shot in “The Player” comes to mind. Long amazing sequences in “Magnolia” and Children of Men” stand out too, with the latter being my favorite of all. But “Touch of Evil” was first, and it’s more than 3 minute continuous crane shot brilliantly serves to raise the tension as the audience anxiously watches a bomb laden car leave a parking lot to drive a short way across the US border — never far from lovers Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh, strolling along on what would seem a pleasant evening.

The argument could be made that taking any decent piece of music and setting it to this shot would be cool to watch, but there is something particularly fantastic about this pairing of The Poison Tree’s “My Only Friend” and this cinema classic. Songwriter Steve Salett has crafted a melancholy masterpiece whose deliberate ticks and tocks are as quietly menacing as this scene and now that I’ve seen them together, it seems as if they were made for each other.

Steve Salett, formerly of The King of France, releases his debut album as The Poison Tree (album shares the title) in March on EmBarque. Props to Pierre Bonnenuit who put this fan video together.

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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

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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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