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Trailering: “Passion Play”

Trailering: “Passion Play” (photo)

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Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke, Academy Award winner Bill Murray, and multi Teen Choice Award winner Megan Fox star in “Passion Play,” opening Friday, May 6 in New York City. Supposedly, it is about a jazz musician (Rourke) on the run from the mob, who falls in love with a girl he meets working in a circus sideshow (Fox). I say supposedly because having watched the film’s trailer, I don’t see a lot of that stuff in there. Sure, the actors are present. But the details are vague. Take a look:

You know me, reader. I don’t wish ill on any film, but I have a soft spot in my heart for cinematic trainwrecks. And “Passion Play” has been on my bad movie radar since it premiered at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival and garnered some of the most brutal reviews in recent memory. Like, The Hollywood Reporter:

“If the degree of laughter at the wrong moments and the number of walkouts at the Toronto International Film Festival are any indication, the film will appeal only to the most fondly indulgent.”

Rope of Silicon:

“I have no idea why this film was ever made.”


“It’s easy to wonder if [writer/director Mitch] Glazer should have waited a little bit more, and gotten other directorial work under his belt to be able to frame the fantasy as well as the reality – especially when he reveals his whimsy-laden, bittersweet ending. Though it should offer a rush for the audience, it elicits laughs instead.”

“‘Passion Play’ is a BAD movie. Astoundingly bad. Unfathomably bad. As bad as any film Uwe Boll’s ever made, and then some.”

L.A. Weekly

“This is essentially The Mickey Rourke Story, done in the style of the direct to video trash he killed time with during his career’s downswing.”

And The Los Angeles Times:

“For the pre-show introductions on Friday night, Glazer was joined onstage by Fox, Rourke, Murray and Lynch. But in a sign of the film’s lackluster reception, for the Q&A after the movie only Glazer took to the stage. Lynch and Murray remained in their seats, while Rourke and Fox seemed to have already left. To top it off, there were almost no questions from the audience, leaving a helpless moderator to awkwardly kill time by asking Glazer mundane questions about the score. For most everyone in the room, it felt like it couldn’t be over soon enough.”

Apparently writer/director Mitch Glazer spent 20 years of his life struggling to bring this story to the screen, and that sort of commitment and personal investment in a film often separates the mediocre from the fascinatingly awful. No doubt those reviews turned off a lot of potential viewers. Not me. They’ve got me as excited about “Passion Play” as anything coming out this summer. Passionate, even.


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.


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…


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.


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.