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Apologizing for Pablo Escobar.

Apologizing for Pablo Escobar. (photo)

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There are multiple John DeLorean movies in the works. “Wall Street 2” has wrapped. And now another, much more serious ghost of the ’80s has come to haunt us: Pablo Escobar.

The Colombian drug lord — whose cartel at one point controlled 80% of the global cocaine market and whose personal wealth of $25 billion had him listed as Forbes‘ seventh richest man of 1989 — has been the potential fuel of many films over the years. There was a Timbaland attempt to outdo “Scarface”, an Antoine Fuqua movie produced by (of course) Oliver Stone and the rock bottom alternative of Joe Carnahan’s “Killing Pablo” — not to mention “Entourage”‘s fictional “Medellín.”

Now there’s a documentary, “Sins of My Father,” for which Escobar’s son outed himself from years of anonymity.

Quietly living for years in Buenos Aires under a different name, working as an architect, the newly-christened Sebastian Marroquin though it important to make a film which would — according to director Nicolás Entel — show Marroquin apologizing to and seeking forgiveness from the brothers in order to promote quelling violence being passed down from generation to generation.

It’s safe to say this is the documentary event of the year in Colombia: an unprecedented 20 prints are being struck, more than any doc in Colombian film history. (“Sicko” didn’t even make it; “Waltz with Bashir” got one.) That’s because Escobar built churches, gave money to housing projects, rewarded the killing of police officers (over 600 went down) and raised Colombia’s murder rate prodigiously, blighting an entire generation. He influenced his country more in the ’80s than any single person shaped America, and wounds/opinions still run strong.

The trailer’s below; it looks a little wan, to be honest, built upon the worst confessional models of American reality, with reconciliations and tears staged for maximal impact. But formal sophistication isn’t really what’s at stake here (though it couldn’t have hurt): the collision of still-persisting shock waves and a deep anecdotal treasure trove is. Oliver Stone could only dream of such attention paid to his own history of the world.

[Photo: Cliff Curtis as Escobar in “Blow,” New Line, 2001; “Sins of my Father,” Cine Colombia, 2009]

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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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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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