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First Taste of Hotly Anticipated PS3 Exclusive “Resistance 3” Arrives on “Battle: Los Angeles” Blu-ray

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As much as I love seeing Michelle Rodriguez reprise her tough-gal shtick anyplace or anytime, I didn’t see “Battle: Los Angeles” in theaters. The Jonathan Liebsman-directed action flick seemed to be applying a huge slathering of special effects to the “District 9” template, but without the charm of the sci-fi indie darling. Having said that, I’m looking forward to the film’s home video release on June 14th.

Resistance 3 (resize).jpgThat’s because the Blu-ray version of “Battle: LA” will include a playable demo of upcoming PS3 game “Resistance 3.” The very existence of the threequel was outed way back in October 2009, when principal photography for the Sony Pictures project was happening. A huge billboard bearing the name “Resistance 3” were spotted by set-watchers long before anything official came down the pike.

Months later, the game was announced with this awesomely bluesy trailer you see before you. Sony’s nurtured the “Resistance” series ever since the launch of the PS3 in 2006. Developed by acclaimed studio Insomniac Games, the FPS games take place in an alternate reality where WWII never happened and a viral alien invasion sweeps through Europe. They’re known for their inventive weaponry– which mixes human and alien tech for some really fun-to-use capabilities–and for giving players a horror-inflected tour of 1950s Americana gone horribly wrong as the extraterrestrial Chimera overrun the United States.

“Resistance 3” introduces a new protagonist, dishonorably discharged soldier Joseph Capelli. Capelli’s been hiding out away from the front lines with his family, but crosses the heartland from from Oklahoma to New York City to deliver a new scientific breakthrough arrives that could change the tide of the war. The 30-minute demo on the Blu-ray takes Capelli on a boat ride under attack by the Chimera, but offers players power-ups that won’t be available during that part of the final game. The difficulty’s turned down, too, so don’t go thinking that the game’s going to be a cakewalk.

So, the thematic similarities–ordinary lives upended by alien invasion–do make placing a demo of “Resistance 3” on the a natural fit, along with the fact that Sony’s film and game divisions are part of the same big family. I’m not going to offer opinions on which plain-folks-vs.-bug-uglies saga will be more entertaining, but will say that only one will let me wield a gun with bullets that track its targets behind cover. And only one of this discs will be adorned by the distinctive art of British artist Olly Moss. Advantage: “Resistance 3,”
methinks.

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…