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What to Watch on IFC in March

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320x240_rabbit_proof_fence.jpgIf you had the chance to see Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia this past year, you’re already well aware of the fact that it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. Besides the breathtaking scenery, the continent is home to many talented filmmakers and actors. So this month, IFC is paying homage to the land down under with a weekend of films born and bred there. Tune in Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th for Golden Globe nominee Rabbit Proof Fence, IFC’s premiere of The Nugget featuring Eric Bana, the crime-mystery Lantana, as well as famed Australian director Peter Weir’s classic Picnic at Hanging Rock. Plus, you can also catch flicks from back in the 70’s including My Brilliant Career and Newsfront. And, Aussies tackle musicals pretty damn well (did someone say Moulin Rouge?), so we’ve thrown in the 80’s classic Starstruck. Be sure to check out a musical special with Australian import Olivia Newton John, airing throughout the weekend during the film fest.

310x220_thelifeaquatic2004.jpgAlso, what’s March without a little ‘madness’? This month, we’re showcasing some seriously quirky indies that are just plain, well, mad. On March 5th and March 12th, beginning at 8PM, you don’t want to miss this event featuring IFC’s premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, starring Ben Stiller in an iconic red tracksuit alongside an ensemble cast playing his peculiar family. Also on the bill: another Wes Anderson film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, with even more eccentric characters venturing out on a mission of revenge. Plus, Robert Altman’s The Player, an indie chockful of inside Hollywood humor; Employee of The Month starring Matt Dillon, which should not be confused with the film of the same name starring Jessica Simpson…although, that would still make it odd; Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, starring Uma Thurman as a chick with seriously large thumbs; and, a satire questioning what would’ve happened had the South won the Civil War – CSA: The Confederate States of America.

And, to keep the comedy rolling, IFC premieres the British series ‘Modern Toss.’ It’s raunchy, imaginative and really, really funny. Check it out Tuesdays in the Automat beginning March 17th.

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR:

  • SHINE Geoffrey Rush won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Australian David Helfgott who spent many years in an institution and ended up becoming a gifted pianist. Premieres Sunday, March 15th @ 6:05PM.
  • THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS Wes Anderson directs this indie about a dysfunctional family composed of brilliant minds that band together when one of the members reveals they are terminally ill. Cast includes Ben Stiller, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston. Premieres Saturday, March 7th @ 8PM.
  • CHOPPER Eric Bana gives a strong performance as Mark “Chopper” Read, author of numerous books detailing his life as a notorious criminal in Australia. Premieres Monday, March 2nd @ 8PM.
  • THE NUGGET A double dose of Eric Bana in March with this comedy about a group of gold miners who discover the world’s biggest nugget, and must deal with thieves awaiting to steal their treasure. Premieres Monday, March 16th @ 8PM.

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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 IFC.com

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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…