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Ennio Morricone Composes A Fistfull Of Ringtones

Ennio Morricone Composes A Fistfull Of Ringtones (photo)

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Ringtones must be one of the great embarrassments of our time. We’ll look back on them and wonder how so many people could be obsessed with them, like Beanie Babies or something. How people thought it was necessary to annoy each other with a jingle blaring out of a crappy miniature speaker, will certainly be a mystery to people of the future. In the meantime we’re stuck with the damn things and all the ubiquitous pop-up ads that go with them. At least there may be the opportunity to bring a measure of quality to the phenomenon — with Ennio Morricone.

News that Morricone was creating ringtones for LG devices, first seemed like a sad fall from grace. One of the greatest composers of our time, writing smart phone alarms? The man scored “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Battle of Algiers,” “The Untouchables,” “The Good The Bad and The Ugly” and almost countless other awesome westerns with the most incredible music. His scores not only brilliantly serve the films in which they are featured, but they stand on their own as great music to listen to independently. Hans Zimmer’s score for “Inception” is great, but it doesn’t have a shelf life outside the film. I wouldn’t listen to it for pleasure, or play it while having dinner (at the risk of pasta dangling dramatically from the ceiling).

It’s true that Zimmer’s experiments with Edith Piaf make great ringtone fodder, but if Zimmer started writing ringtones I wouldn’t be at all surprised — or feel like a great artist was being brought low. Personal ideas about integrity aside, Morricone actually raises the bar just as mobile devices with some real quality audio start to arrive. Can we have a quality experience instead of the grating noise most phones make? LG’s new line of phones are powerful devices, with dual core processors and improved audio performance in attempt to position them as state of the art music players. And in that light, pairing them with exclusive Morricone compositions doesn’t seem like a sad event at all. I think even the most cynical film buff could be wooed by the thought of answering the phone to Morricone.

/Flim scrutinized the promo image above pointing out that, aside from the new pieces Morricone is writing, several infamous clips from his film scoring work will be included. Ringtones from “The Good The Bad and the Ugly,” “Cinema Paradiso” “Once Upon a Time in the West” and the gorgeous, “Gabriel’s Oboe” from 1986’s “The Mission.” There is no release date for these new devices in the US yet, they release in South Korea and Europe this month.

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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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