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Movies to Make Thursday Okay

Movies to Make Thursday Okay (photo)

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As Loverboy said, we’re all working for the weekend. Unfortunately, today is Thursday. It’s not even Friday, which is practically an honorary weekend day. Luckily IFC is here to help wile away the hours until Saturday night (when you can stay in and watch ‘Inglorious Basterds‘). Luckily IFC has some movies that will make you love spending time in the office.

While being stuck in your cubicle may fill you with an overwhelming sense of ennui, spend enough time at Don’s junk shop and you’ll be loving your office job. Or, at least, loving the fact that you are not in a pawn shop filled with loquacious and plotting strivers who may or may not steal your brown bag lunch out of the office fridge.

Based on the play by David Mamet, “American Buffalo” revolves around the action–and inaction–of a group of men in a so-called antique store after Don (played by David Franz) sells a buffalo-head nickel for much less than it is worth. Don hatches a plan where he and his young would-be accomplice, Bobby (Sean Nelson), will steal the coin back …and maybe the clean the guy out while they are at it. Teach, a seedy schemer played by Dustin Hoffman, hangs around the store engaged in endless conversation and scheming. He wants in on the robbery, but Don isn’t sure it is a good idea. The movie is not a pretty look at the underbelly of American free enterprise, but it will make you happy to hang around the water cooler and kick the photocopier.

If “American Buffalo” doesn’t make you content in your office job, try “Trojan Eddie”. The story follows Stephen Rea as Eddie, a low-level Irish criminal turned peddler, on an unpleasant task from the local boss (Richard Harris). In their community of sad sack businessmen and petty thieves, treachery and ruthless self-interest rule the day and Eddie soon realizes he just may be ready to say goodbye to his dark lifestyle for good. The silver lining of the film is that it will make you oh-so happy to sit at your cubicle, still working for the weekend.

American Buffalo airs at 4:35 p.m. and Trojan Eddie is on at 6:05 p.m.


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


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…