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SXSW, Day 4.

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Anne Ramsay and Kadeem Hardison.We have incredible respect for all of the reporters and bloggers who manage to run to four screenings and press junkets a day at festivals and still file stories that night – like, how much crystal meth do you do (can you hook us up)? We’re exhausted.

This morning we caught the second screening of "Live Free or Die," a leisurely comedy from Andy Robin and Gregg Kavet (both former "Seinfeld" writers) about bumbling criminals and bumbling cops in small town New Hampshire. The film was sometimes very funny, and sometimes more just convinced of its own funniness, and overall we found it diverting if unexceptional, save for a hilarious performance from Paul Schneider, who manages to channel something between Will Farrell and a New England version of Forrest Gump. It’s a fairly black comedy that gets a lot of its laughs from its location, so if you find the minutia of life in a shabby small town inherently amusing, this is a film for you. Otherwise, for all its unevenness, we think "The Ice Harvest" covered similar ground better.

We barely made it into last night’s screening of "The Cassidy Kids," from Jacob Vaughan and Bryan Poyser of "Dear Pillow" – the director and producer are local, as was most if not all of the crew, and, despite no major names attached to the film, the huge Paramount Theatre was packed. "The Cassidy Kids" is clever, hugely enjoyable and almost impossible to describe – the film is about a group of five kids who solved a murder case in their town. The rights to their story are sold off and spawn a popular Saturday morning children’s show – the lone girl, Rebecca Vanderpool, goes on to actually star in the series, playing a stylized version of herself. Now, years later, the actual Cassidy Kids, Rebecca included (grown up to be Anne Ramsay), are back in town to record DVD commentary for a box set of the show.

Got that?

The film plays off the contrast of what the kids were like and what they become, along with what they’re translated into for the show, which we see in glimpses, both convincingly hokey and 80s PBSesque…and then there’s the event that ultimately shaped all of their lives, an event they may not all see the same way. Vaughan’s golden-toned film is also an ode to the faintly recalled television shows and battered YA paperbacks of our youth. It may be, in the end, a little pat (though we hardly have a problem with that – suck it up, Donna Tartt), but we liked it an awful lot.

More soon…

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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.


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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