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The Official Poster for James Gunn’s “Super”

The Official Poster for James Gunn’s “Super” (photo)

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One of my go-to answers to the question “What is a great movie no one ever saw?” is James Gunn’s “Slither,” which I reviewed for The Village Voice when it was released back in 2006. As I wrote then, “Good zombie movies are metaphorical; “Slither” allegorizes living-dead horror as a critique of the American heartland’s boundless gluttony. The film’s aliens enter their victims through the mouth or stomach and compel people to consume endless quantities of meat — they grow so morbidly obese that they literally explode with extraterrestrial evil.” “Slither” was Gunn’s feature directorial debut, but he’s also written the smart screenplays for “The Specials” and Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead.” Basically, this guy gets it: we don’t just go to genre movies for the genre: we want to see that stuff through the eyes of characters we love, all told from a perspective with some intelligence.

Gunn’s latest, soon to be released by IFC FIlms, is called “Super” and like his screenplay for “The Specials” — which was the story of a superhero team on their day off — it is a grounded take on the world of men in tights. Rainn Wilson stars as Frank, an regular guy who decides to become a masked vigilante after his wife leaves him for a crime boss. IFC Films just sent by the official “Super” poster and here it is, as large as my column width will allow:


“Super” opens in New York and Los Angeles on April 1 but you can see it first at South by Southwest 2011; it premieres there Saturday March 12 at 10:00 PM at the Paramount Theater. If you’re in town for the festival, Gunn, Wilson, and Page are also doing a “Super” panel that same day at 12:30 pm. Go watch “Slither” while you’re at it too.

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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…

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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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