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IFC News: Ryan Reynolds, Griffin Dunne and Haneke’s Kafka.

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"Family never ceases to interest me."
This week on IFC News:

Nick Schager interviews Ryan Reynolds, who’s winning new respect with his role in "The Nines" (not that he didn’t already have plenty after the éclair scene in "Van Wilder"):

Was it difficult playing August while he was sitting behind the camera?

It’s painfully awkward in the beginning, but there’s so much trust
between John and me that he really gave me license to go for it. He
said, "Expose me, warts-and-all." A lot of what that character is
dealing with is hubris, and that’s not a flattering trait to be
portraying in somebody who’s standing in the same room as you. A lot of
that stuff is improvised, and that made it even more of a challenge.
I’m aping things I’ve heard him say. I’d have conversations with him
and go home and furiously take notes on everything he said, and I would
somehow find a way to [include those things] within a scene.

Aaron Hillis talks with Griffin Dunne:

Not to make any insinuations, but what attracts you to a dysfunctional family story?

Oh, I think every family is dysfunctional, or everyone assumes their
family is. There’s almost a competitive pride in people’s dysfunctions.
It’s a natural inclination to assume we are the result of the way we
were brought up. We spend our lives trying to overcome, embrace or
blame that, use it as an excuse. People love telling stories about it:
"You think that was bad? You know, when I was a kid…" I think about
what kind of stories my kid is going to tell about me.

Michael Atkinson looks into Haneke‘s "The Castle" and Ishii‘s "Horrors of Malformed Men": "In Kafka’s writing, essential anxiety isn’t supposed to be ‘felt,’ viscerally, by the reader, but observed from a wry, appalled distance, and it’s this sense that Haneke nails — despite the fact that often the dithering irrationality of ‘The Castle”s paranoid minions is so in your face you can smell the clammy sweat."

On the podcast, we salute the indie musical.

In light of recent media fixations, we’ve excavated a piece from two years ago: Notable Cinematic Self-Offings.

Matt Singer reviews "Romance & Cigarettes" here ("You kind of have to be as nutty as John Turturro to appreciate it") and "In the Shadow of the Moon" here ("Awe-inspiring and uplifting, a reminder that when mankind puts aside its squabbling and works towards a goal, it can achieve great things").

And Chris Bonet has what’s new in theaters.

+ IFC News

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…