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IFC News: Top tens

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This week on IFC News:

Our much agonized-over top ten lists have been posted! Matt Singer introduces things and presents his list here; from there you can find the lists of Michael Atkinson, special guest Thom Bennett (from the IFC programming department); Aaron Hillis; Michelle Orange; R. Emmet Sweeney — also our own, which we’ll be reposting here with more comments later today or tomorrow. We also discuss our lists in the week’s podcast. Not a lot of agreement — as Matt writes:

Consensus like last year’s can be fun (mostly because it gives critics the false sense that they are objectively "right" about something), but it’s limiting as well. And when it comes to movies, arguing about them is always more fun than agreeing about them.

Also new this week, Aaron Hillis speaks to "Run, Lola, Run"‘s Tom Tykwer about "Perfume," filming scents and what Berlin smells like:

It’s deep, I don’t know myself. I love the smell of Berlin, it’s one of the major reasons why I moved there. I think it’s difficult about cities in general. You could also blindfold me, send me to New York, and I would know immediately I was in New York. It’s a combination of the food, the way cars are built here, and I think the subway has a very particular smell.

In the week’s silliness, we take a close examination of the "Rocky" training montages. We’re dumber for it, but, we think, happier.

Michael Atkinson covers "The Conformist," "1900" and "Little Miss Sunshine" on DVD:

"The Conformist" is both a bludgeoning indictment of fascistic follow-the-leader and an orgasm of coolness, ravishing compositions, camera gymnastics (the frame virtually squirms around, like Marcello) and atmospheric resonance. The actors vogue, Vittorio Storaro‘s magical lens transforms every street and room into a catalytic baroque-ness, the clothes grip the characters like iconic mantles, the leaves blow with the roving camera across Marcello’s mother’s seedy estate. What a movie for a young man (only 29 at the time) to have made.

Christopher Bonet looks at highlights from the career, thus far, of Gong Li. He also rounds up what’s new in theaters this week.

And Matt reviews the great "Children of Men":

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and shot by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, "Children of Men" is at once one of the most technically complex and emotionally charged movies in recent memory. Rather than subverting character or story to the whims of his effects team or resigning himself to a talky, unimaginative intellectual exercise, Cuarón and his four co-screenwriters fashion a complete world, both of action and of thought. Their chillingly relevant future world contains the one crucial ingredient necessary to all effective dystopia: an air of inevitability which suggests that we’re already on the road to the damnation depicted but we don’t yet know it.

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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…