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So how was it?

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We've run out of "Brokeback Mountain" stills.The year, we mean. According to most everyone, pretty damn good, slumps, collapsing windows, piracy fears and such aside. And the lists keep piling up:

Nick James and the Sight & Sound crew have a group top 14, and leave us certain that Neil Marshall‘s "The Descent" is one of our most anticipated films of next year.

Ed Gonzalez and Nick Schager at Slant have a great, great pair of top ten lists, as does Matthew Ross at the Filmmaker blog (Ross also points out that "King Kong," despite opening to a fairly rapturous critical reception, isn’t doing so well, awards-wise).

Ken Tucker at New York magazine presents his year in film (and we’re glad to see "Serenity" made the list), breaking it down into categories like "Best Scene, Opening," "Best Scene, Period" and  "New York Movie Most True to the City," while Newsweek‘s David Ansen has his top ten, and his five most disappointing films.

The kids at Firecracker have their list of the top ten Asian film releases of the year. And AFI has it’s top ten. And the San Francisco Film Critics Circle weighs in with their awards, with "Brokeback Mountain" once again winning the day.

And since, one could argue, an essential part of blogging involves the spewing of bile, we’d like to take a page from Ansen and present our five least-favorite films of the year, in no particular order:

"Memoirs of a Geisha"
"Hustle & Flow"
"Crash"
"The Brothers Grimm"
"The Squid and the Whale"

We’ve discussed "Geisha" and "Hustle & Flow" more than even we can bear; "The Brothers Grimm" wasn’t terrible, but it was a terrible disappointment coming from Terry Gilliam (with money!); "Crash" was the worst example of upper-middlebrow self-congratulation masquerading as something meaningful (and hell, was this the year for it); and "The Squid and The Whale," which we thought was fine at first, but which, on second viewing, we found almost unbearably grating.

+ Climb Every Mountain (Sight & Sound)
+ 2005: The Year In Film (Slant)
+ BEST OF 2005… (Filmmaker blog)
+ Culture Awards: Movies (New York)
+ Hooray for Holidays (Newsweek)
+ The Five Most Disappointing Movies (Newsweek)
+ Firecracker’s Best of 2005 (Firecracker)
+ AFI AWARDS 2005 (Official site)
+ 2005 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS (Official site)

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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…

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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.

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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.

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