Screen Junkies » portlandia http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:39:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Because It Looks Like Hipsters Aren’t Going Anywhere, IFC Renews ‘Portlandia’ For Two More Seasons http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/because-it-looks-like-hipsters-arent-going-anywhere-ifc-renews-portlandia-for-two-more-seasons/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/because-it-looks-like-hipsters-arent-going-anywhere-ifc-renews-portlandia-for-two-more-seasons/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:01:32 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255271 The hipster lifestyle is like the fountain of youth for comedy writers.

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Until a new pretentious and underachieving (psuedo)subculture comes around (I’m looking at you, art world), we’re just plugging along, making fun of all these hipsters and their taco trucks and their lack of jobs and their nihilistic fashion sense.

And Portlandia will be leading the charge. For two more years at least, as IFC announced they’ve renewed the show that has served as the cornerstone of their expanding comedy lineup.

Portland, the city, is probably thrilled with the news, as they’re pretty much only known for this and the Trailblazers, and the Trailblazers ain’t the Trailblazers of the Clyde Drexler years, if ya know what I’m sayin’.

You don’t know what I’m saying, but that’s ok. It’s a good show, and we’re happy it’s renewed.

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CW Has A Clever Name For Its Dumb Musical Chairs Game Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cw-has-a-clever-name-for-its-dumb-musical-chairs-game-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cw-has-a-clever-name-for-its-dumb-musical-chairs-game-show/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:26:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242431 "Get ON your ass!" CW now owes me $10,000 because I just wrote this show's tagline.

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In an effort to see how many 50 year-old men they can get to reach for the remote in disgust while mumbling about who puts this crap on the air, the CW has greenlit a musical chairs game show, which we initially reported was titled Extreme Musical Chairs. So now, the CW brings you Oh, Sit!, which is cute enough to make you momentarily smile and forget how f*cking stupid this show is going to be. This idea seriously had to have been picked up off the floor of the Portlandia writers’ room.

After four months, the producers decided that while a game show depicting games of musical chairs was still an excellent, excellent idea, the name “Extreme Musical Chairs” didn’t really shift the paradigm or speak to Joe Six-Pack. As such, they decided that the name should speak to a Joe Six-Pack, provided that Joe Six-Pack belonged to a Williamsburg softball league and that six pack was made up of Pabst tall boys.

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IFC’s ‘Portlandia’ Renewed For 2nd Season, Anti-Hipster Comedy Parade Continues http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ifcs-portlandia-renewed-for-2nd-season-anti-hipster-comedy-parade-continues/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ifcs-portlandia-renewed-for-2nd-season-anti-hipster-comedy-parade-continues/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 05:58:06 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26942 All you have to know is that it's indie and I liked it before anyone else did.

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SNL lifer Fred Armisen‘s new show Portlandia is part of a growing movement in the comedy world to turn “hipster” into the next “mime” or “Elvis impersonator.” Lucky for me, I haven’t had enough hipster-skewering comedy yet, even between the mashup videos, webcomics and Tumblr-to-Urban-Outfitters-checkout books. Damn it, those guys look funny and ride bicycles and I want blood.

That’s why I’m glad IFC‘s Portlandia is getting renewed for a second season. I’ll have to respectfully disagree with my Screen Junkies collegue Fred Topel and note that Portlandia is one of my favorite new shows in awhile. It’s a hilarious, silly, thoughtfully written sketch show very much in the tradition of Kids In The Hall, and probably not coincidentally, both shows have some guy named Lorne Michaels in the credits.

Portlandia‘s kind of an exclusive thing, you know? Whatever, you probably haven’t even heard it. All you have to know is that it’s indie and I liked it before anyone else did. Now they’re giving Portlandia a second season and it’ll probably sell out. You know, f*ck that show. I’m gonna go drink PBR’s at my friend Steve’s mustache party.

If you’re interested in Portlandia, cause you’re not a drone, check out clips here. (Cinema Blend)

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Review: IFC’s ‘Portlandia’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-ifcs-portlandia/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-ifcs-portlandia/#comments Tue, 28 Dec 2010 21:49:48 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13519 A series of sketches featuring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein centering on different aspects of Portland, OR. It’s all really obvious and it feels like improv topics that were contrived to be funny, but not actually inspired.

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I like Fred Armisen on “Saturday Night Live” and I see where he’s going with this new sketch comedy show “Portlandia.” It doesn’t quite work though and I can’t say you should spend any time watching it.

This IFC show is a series of sketches featuring Armisen and Carrie Brownstein centering on different aspects of Portland, OR. It’s all really obvious and it feels like improv topics that were contrived to be funny, but not actually inspired.

Case in point: a sketch about a hide and seek team. See, treating a childish game like a professional playoff is funny, because it’s so out of context, right? Watching it performed is not funny just because the actors take it seriously.

In a music video, Armisen proclaims that the ‘90s are still going on in Portland. If celebrating grunge culture is enough to make you laugh, then you’ll love the references to the Jim Rose Circus, hot chicks wearing glasses and sleeping until 11AM. That’s actually the best sketch in the bunch.

Armisen and Browstein ask a waitress at a restaurant ultra specific questions about the chicken they serve. You see, because in Portland they care about organic free range meat. So the waitress presents in-depth papers about the chicken they might order. I thought it was funny that Armisen said “And and and and and and and and and and and and” so many times before getting to the question, but we get it. At a certain point it’s just meat.

A sketch about Mind-Fi jokes that the next level of our technological obsession is mental. That’s not even regional. We have technology everywhere.

They do a lot of characters with wigs, like women’s bookstore owners with long hippie hair. They do that sketch twice in the first two episodes so I guess they hope those are recurring characters. If refusing to reach all the way to the shelf to get a book is funny, then there are endless possibilities.

Another sketch where Brownstein and Armisen switch genders is just uncomfortable. Not because I have any problem with gender roles. “Kids in the Hall” and “Monty Python” were always doing that. “Portlandia” just makes it so sexual and vulgar without making it funny. The joke is a safe word which the woman (Armisen) ultimately uses to stop even social interaction. That’s only funny if the situation is ridiculous, not just sexual.

Brownstein and Armisen commit to the absurdity of their sketches but the premises are just too obvious. Often they end up just yelling, like in “Put a Bird on Things” or the lost dog sketch. Since it’s filmed, the editing can create different timing than a “SNL” sketch, but it doesn’t make humor out of mediocre material.

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