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“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” trailer focuses on a post-9/11 emotional journey

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” trailer focuses on a post-9/11 emotional journey (photo)

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“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” isn’t pulling any punches. It’s a film that occurs after 9/11 about a family personally affected by 9/11 in a post-9/11 world. It’s going to be emotional, it’s going to be sappy, and it’s probably going to make you cry.

With that out of the way, it’s fair to say that “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is shaping up to look like one of the stronger Oscar contenders this year. A new trailer for the film focuses on the emotional, heavy-hitting side of its story. Easily the most effective scene in it takes place as Sandra Bullock, the mother in the movie, finds out that her husband is on a high floor in the World Trade Center buildings after suicide bombers hit them on September 11, 2001. If that scene doesn’t at least give you chills, you probably don’t have a heart. That, or I’m just a big baby.

It’s interesting and a bit misleading that the trailer chooses to spend so much time on the event specifically regarding 9/11 instead of spending more time explaining the true plot of the film. Main character Oskar Schell, played here by newcomer Thomas Horn, after he finds a mysterious key in his dead father’s closet. He goes on a quest around New York City to try to discover the purpose of the key, and ends up connecting with strangers and overcoming his grief at his father’s tragic death.

The emphasis on the 9/11 sequences probably has something to do with the fact that Warner Bros wants to emphasize Tom Hanks‘ involvement in the movie. Considering the fact his character, the dad, is dead by the time the present day of the storyline is unfolding, his role will largely be relegated to flashbacks. Hopefully the movie allows leading man Horn to shine as Oskar, a memorable and wonderful character, instead of using Bullock and Hanks as crutches.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is due out in theaters on Christmas day in limited release, and on January 20 in wide release.

What did you think of the second “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” trailer? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

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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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