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Opening This Week: May 26th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Paprika,” Sony Pictures, 2007]

A round-up of the best (or worst) $10 you’ll spend this week.


An inept scam artist on the run from loan sharks opts to end his life by jumping into the Seine, only to be interrupted by a beautiful woman doing the same. Soon after saving her life, the man realizes he may have just met the one person who can save his. It’s kinda like an offbeat “It’s a Wonderful Life” courtesy of Luc Besson, but French and with no Christmas. Trust us, it’s there.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles (official site).

“The Boss of It All”

An office comedy certainly doesn’t sound like something that would come from Danish provocateur Lars von Trier, but we’ll take anything unpretentious for these long summer months. An IT company hires an actor to serve as president in order to help it get sold to a foreign businessman. Sad to say, however, that the director’s recent funk may result in this light comedy being his last film for quite a while…

Opens in limited release (official site).


In a summer awash with tired blockbuster sequels and forgettable films, it’s good to hear that William Friedken (yes, William Friedken) has been receiving some of the most positive buzz of his career for his latest film. The “Exorcist” director returns to horror as a Gulf War veteran and a woman in hiding shack up in a seedy motel room that may or may not be suffering from a slight insect infestation.

Opens wide (official site).

“Golden Door”

“Respiro” director Emanuele Crialese dramatizes the immigrant experience in this romance about an Italian widower immigrating to the US who encounters a mysterious Englishwoman who desires to marry him before they reach New York. The film went on to win the Silver Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).


“Perfect Blue” director Satoshi Kon presents another animated feature that puts its American counterparts to shame. While most American excursions into animation focus on celebrity voices and dancing animals, Kon showcases yet another tale of fractured reality as a psychotherapist and her alter-ego go in search of a machine that allows scientists to enter into patients’ dreams.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”

Yes, last year’s “Dead Man’s Chest” was less funny and less original than the first in this trilogy, but it went and grossed over $400 million at the domestic box office regardless. While we expect the storyline to be as preposterous as ever, we can’t help but admit a slight giddiness at the thought of Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Chow Yun-Fat all hamming it up for the camera. We’re less excited over the Keith Richards cameo — that’s soooo 2005.

Opens wide (official site).


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…


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.