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What to Watch on IFC: December 12 – December 18

What to Watch on IFC: December 12 – December 18 (photo)

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


Don’t know about you, but whenever we’re exhausted from spending hours in the 10th Circle of Hell a.k.a. The Mall looking for the perfect Christmas present for cranky Uncle Leo, Bill Murray’s inspirational speech from “Meatballs” starts running through our heads on a loop. “It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter!” Know what does matter? That “Meatballs” is airing at 8 p.m. ET. Merry Christmas!


Nothing says Christmas like “American Psycho” on IFC, right? Well, that probably depends on how you feel about the prospect of spending hours and hours with your family. Cheer yourself up Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman when Bret Easton Ellis’ murderous investment banker novel comes to life at 8 p.m. ET.


“Kaos” sounds like the most aptly-named holiday movie ever, right? While the stories that take place simultaneously in the film may have nothing to do with Santa, elves, or the Hannukkah fairy, we’re sure you’ll enjoy watching Italy’s fraternal filmmaking team of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani whip up another multistoried masterpiece as you browse Amazon for last minute shopping ideas or doing stomach crunches in advance of the annual egg nog chugging contest.


Join the ranks of people who watch “Gandhi” and shriek, “Sexy Beast!” while pointing at Ben Kingsley. Sounds like a fun trick sure to win you friends, right? So tune in to “Sexy Beast” at 8 p.m. ET. If you don’t we’ll send Don after you.


Do Friday night right and stay in watching back-to-back episodes of David Cross shows and trolling Reddit for pictures of him as a Never Nude and a Ripper. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET we have episodes of “Arrested Development” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” which returns to IFC on Jan. 6, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. ET. Please to enjoy.


It’s cold outside, so we’re showing movies so good you won’t mind being stuck inside all day. At 5:30 p.m. ET we have Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” Then run to the bathroom, order the pizza and settle in, because we’re showing a double feature of awesome with Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” at 8 p.m. ET and “Life of Brian” at 10. In the greatest American tradition: But wait! There’s more! At midnight we’re showing you John Waters’ “Pecker.” Good thing it is Saturday because you’re not going anywhere.


Recover from yesterday’s epic movie marathon with back-to-back episodes of “Freaks and Geeks” beginning at 12/11 c. You’re welcome.

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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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