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It’s Matt Dillon Double Feature Day!

It’s Matt Dillon Double Feature Day! (photo)

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It’s Matt Dillon Double Feature Day on IFC! Hooray! Everyone bake up a batch of “Rumble Fish” cookies, pour yourself some “Singles” punch and settle in to watch “City of Ghosts”, which was written and directed by Mr. Dillon himself.

The 2002 film stars James Caan as Marvin the con man who fled to Southeast Asia to escape the prying eyes of the FBI who are onto his wily ways. Matt Dillon is his co-conspirator, Jimmy, who pursues his former mentor to Thailand and then Cambodia in hopes of getting paid for his part in an elaborate insurance scam. When Jimmy arrives in Cambodia, he starts to realize that Marvin is hatching a new scam. A scam much bigger than either of the men realize.

The film was made on location in Thailand and Cambodia and uses the lush scenery and startling beauty of the region as a backdrop for a dense intrigue as the two con men battle wits. Also, there’s a chick. And Gerard Depardieu as a nosy (no pun intended) barkeep. So get comfortable on your couch, watch the movie, and prepare to impress your friends with your knowledge of the lesser known works of Matt Dillon.

But wait, there’s more! Stick around on IFC to watch one of the most powerful drug deterrents ever. One thing is clear after watching Gus Van Sant’s breakout film “Drugstore Cowboy”: Drugs don’t pay. Nor are they glamorous, fun, or a good life choice.

The dark world of “Drugstore Cowboy” is inhabited by a loose-knit family of dopeheads who rob pharmacies to feed their drug habit. The bleak landscape of 1970s Portland, Oregon, is peppered with useless cops, corrupting priests, and teenage junkies. While that already sounds like a hellish world, it only gets worse when the gang’s leader tries to go straight and when the ominous presence of author William S. Burroughs appears on the screen.

Matt Dillon stars as the ersatz captain of a band of thieving users, which includes James LeGros and Heather Graham. When one of the young addicts overdoses, Dillon decides to try to get clean, but his efforts to turn his life around are stymied by some serious karmic debts.

The movie is the antithesis of glamour. It presents drug addiction in a reality so cold and stark it would have made Nancy Reagan proud. Say no to drugs, kids.

City of Ghosts airs at 8 p.m. and Drugstore Cowboy starts at 10 p.m.


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.