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Grand gestures we have loved.

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Punk is not dead.We were re-watching Fatih Akin‘s "Head-On" the other day, and were again struck by just how good the first real scene of interaction between the two characters is. Their initial two encounters, Birol Ãœnel‘s poleaxed Cahit just shrugs Sibel Kekilli‘s Sibel off, but when the two sneak away from for a late-night drink, she actually draws him out. It’s warmly lit, intimate and flirty, which makes it all the better when he once again turns down her demand that he marry her, and she immediately smashes a beer bottle against his chair and uses it to gouge her own wrists.

It got us thinking about our other favorite cinematic grand gestures, the ones that would look far sillier in real life but that, committed to celluloid, may well be the very thing film was made for. For some reason every one that immediately rose to mind we’ve already included on some other list before:

"Jules et Jim": Jeanne Moreau‘s Catherine, beautiful and terrible as an army in array, is so incensed with an argument about women that, in protest, she jumps into the Seine. The world leaps to its feet in admiration.

"Heathers": Christian Slater‘s got a bomb strapped to his chest. Winona Ryder has a cigarette.

"Oldboy": For all of its cheap shock value, there was something absurdly compelling about the octopus scene. Maybe it was the tentacles wrapping so delicately around Choi Min-sik‘s face.

"Me and You and Everyone We Know": Same as above, and perhaps it’s just our apparently sadistic streak, given that the majority of our choices involve people hurting themselves, but we were completely hooked by Miranda July‘s oh-so-highly praised debut from its calmly observed opening scene of self-immolation, as everything slows and John Hawkes tries to extinguish the hand he set on fire by beating it against the pristine California lawn.

"Last of the Mohicans": We watched Michael Mann‘s purpled historical epic at the extremely impressionable age of maudlin early teendom, and it has doubtless influenced our taste in film more than we’d like to admit. That being said, we still weep in veneration when watching the, like, ten minutes it takes Jodhi May to leap off a cliff for no particularly reason. She turns to the camera, turns away, and turns back to the camera, all in slow motion…and then down she goes in a flutter of petticoats. What former goth girl could resist a scene like that?


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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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…