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Gaspar Noé wants to remake Larry Cohen’s “God Told Me To”

Gaspar Noé wants to remake Larry Cohen’s “God Told Me To” (photo)

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During my wonderful visit to the New Orleans Film Festival last weekend, I got a copy of the current issue of Film Comment, and one of the brief news items in its “Opening Shots” section caught my eye. It’s a really intriguing development that I haven’t seen picked up very widely online (perhaps because Film Comment is old school, and basically only available in print form). It was about a meeting between one of the magazine’s staffers and writer/director Larry Cohen, the guy behind such cult classics as “Black Caesar,” “It’s Alive,” and “Q: The Winged Serpent.” Here’s what it said:

“The 70-year-old Cohen mentioned that he had just come from a meeting with an interesting young Frenchman who was seeking the rights to remake ‘God Told Me To.’ ‘What’s his name?’ inquired the staffer. ‘I don’t remember, but he gave me some DVDs of his films.’ The director rummaged in a bag and produced copies of ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Enter the Void.'”

In other words: Gaspar Noé, the guy behind such modern cult classics as “Irreversible” and “Enter the Void.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the original “God Told Me To” from 1976, its plot is vaguely Noéian, or at the very least, extremely weird. A detective (Tony LoBianco) is ordered to investigate a series of murdered all committed by people who claim that God instructed them to kill. The cop discovers the suspects are all connected to a religious cult, which leads to more mysteries and surprises. Weird but true: the film marks comedian Andy Kaufman’s big screen debut. Believe it or not, he plays one of the divinely inspired killers.

Noé’s next project is “7 Days in Havana,” an anthology of seven shorts all set in the Cuban capital, each by a different filmmaker (other participants include Laurent Cantet and Benicio del Toro). After that, his IMDb’s a blank slate. My authority certainly isn’t divine, but it seems like “God Told Me To” could be next.

Would you want to see Gaspar Noé’s “God Told Me To?” (God told me to ask.) Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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…