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Odds: Wednesday – P&P, “Jarhead” responses, rappers acting.

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"It gives me a thrill to be looked at."We’ve finally had time to see some films. Okay, a film. Our review of "Pride & Prejudice," which opens Friday, is up here.

Post-"Jarhead": Tony Perry at the LA Times gathers opinions on Sam Mendes‘ Gulf War movie from active-duty and retired Marines — the consensus seems to be that the film is both accurate and dated. And David Carr at the New York Times talks to Joel Turnipseed, another former Marine who wrote a Gulf War memoir, about his claims that "Jarhead" actually lifts, uncredited, several of its scenes from his book, "Baghdad Express."

At the LA Times‘ "The Envelope" section, Steve Pond gathers stories from stage managers about awards show mishaps that aren’t nearly as gossipy as they should be (yes, yes, you have to work in this town, yes). But, if you’re keeping track of who’s difficult:

"I rank them by categories, from the easiest down to the bottom," says
[stage manager Gary] Natoli with a laugh. "Country music artists are at the top. Then
theater people, then soap opera people. Then you usually get TV stars
and movie stars. And then you get rock stars. And then you get hip-hop."

Speaking of, Gary Susman at Entertainment Weekly comes up with a list of "hip-hop’s 10 best performances." It’s a pretty good list, though they’re aren’t really enough rappers acting yet for there to be that much debate. Also, re this choice, is "Deep Blue Sea" stealthily cementing its cult classic status? Say it with us now: "They ate me! A motherfucking shark ate me!"

There’s a new issue of Sight & Sound up: online this month are Michael Eaton on screenwriter Eliot Stannard, Linda Ruth Williams on whether Atom Egoyan‘s "Where the Truth Lies" would more accurately be labeled an erotic thriller than film noir, Roger Clarke‘s review of semi-anthology film "Tickets" (which was directed in parts by Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach and Ermanno Olmi), John Wrathall‘s review of "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," and an uncredited review of "Lower City."

And over at CRI, there a report from Beijing Youth Daily on the oh-so-ironic new problem of American web piracy of Chinese films.

+ Austen-tatious: Joe Wright’s "Pride & Prejudice" (IFC News)
+ Experts’ opinion on ‘Jarhead’? Mixed (LA Times)
+ ‘Jarhead’: Whose Stories Are They? (NY Times)
+ Backstage confidential (LA Times)
+ In Da Club (Entertainment Weekly)
+ December 2005 (Sight & Sound)
+ US Pirates Chinese Movies (CRI)


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


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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…