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Spend Saturday With Gus Van Sant

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Spend Saturday with our Gus Van Sant Double Feature Extravaganza! Beginning at 2:15 p.m. ET you can see some of the finest work the director has put out to date. In “Paranoid Park”, which airs at 2:15 p.m. ET, Van Sant gives a dark portrait of adolescent longing and anxiousness. Alex, played by Gabe Nevins, is an unfulfilled and apathetic teenager who befriends a young anarchist at the local skater hangout a.k.a. Paranoid Park. When a tragedy befalls the teens, and the security guard chasing them, this traumatic experience is too much for Alex. Gus Van Sant offers up a mesmerizing yet bleak tale of youth gone wild and teen recklessness and consequences. It’s a gorgeous film done in the simultaneously lush and stark style that has marked Van Sant’s recent films, including “Last Days”. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for gossip rag fodder Taylor Momsen as Alex’s virginal girlfriend, Jennifer.

In “Last Days”, which airs at 4 p.m. ET, Gus Van Sant’s takes an anonymous look at the final days of a very famous rock star. Blake, played by Michael Pitt, is an eerie stand-in for Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain. He looks like him, he dresses like him, and he acts like him. The movie is languid and low-key to the point of almost being reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s movies. But instead of watching someone sleep for three hours you see a man looking for something, anything, to set himself free. The pace of the film is so slow that the audience ends up waiting for something to happen almost as much as the angst-filled protagonist. We all know how the movie ends, but as we travel with Gus Van Sant on his directed meditation on those sad final days, the journey almost makes sense of that tragic finale. Almost.

“Paranoid Park” airs on IFC Saturday, May. 7 at 8:20 AM ET and at 2:15 PM EDT; Thursday, May. 19 at 12:30 PM ET and at 6:15 PM ET; Sunday, Jun. 5 at 10:30 AM ET;
Monday, Jun. 6 at 4:05 AM ET

“Last Days” airs on IFC Saturday, May. 7 at 4:00 PM ET; Sunday, May. 8 at 7:45 AM ET; Friday, May. 27 at 9:00 AM ET and at 3:30 PM EDT

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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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