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Seven reasons to watch “Se7en” tonight


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Tonight we’re showing David Fincher’s “Se7en” at 7 p.m. CT (that’s 8 p.m. ET, but it didn’t read as nicely). Whatever time zone you’re in, you should tune in to watch this dark twisted thriller about a serial killer who justifies killing his victims because they’ve been breaking the seven deadly sins and totally deserve it. You Catholic school kids out there will know that means murders based on greed, pride, lust, gluttony, sloth, envy and wrath. That’s a lot of high-concept killing, but don’t worry, the best detective team is on the job: newbie cop Brad Pitt and seen-it-all detective Morgan Freeman. While the plot could easily become a corny conceit ripped from some lazy slasher flick, Fincher’s touch is all over “Se7en,” elevating the horror film/police procedural to a sleekly dark morality play that will have you riveted to the screen.

Need more reasons to tune in? Here are seven reasons to watch “Se7en” tonight:

1. Morgan Freeman

Freeman is at his finest when he plays Detective Lt. William Somerset, a cop on the brink of retirement. He’s an old-school cop with a fedora and a switchblade who doesn’t have time for his new partner’s short-tempered shenanigans. Even though he’s on his way out, he’s a cop through and through and can’t but get wrapped up in the serial killer investigation. And you’ll get chills when he quotes Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls: “‘The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.’ I agree with the second part.”

2. Brad Pitt

As a fresh-faced cop with a quick temper and a loving wife, Pitt does an excellent job as the new cop trying to make a name for himself in the big city.

3. David Fincher

With both “Zodiac” and “Fight Club” under his belt, Fincher knows how to bring dark intensity to his films. So when he tackles a brutal serial killer you know it’s going to be good. Also maybe rain a lot.

4. Gwyneth Paltrow

What’s in the box? What’s in the box?

5. Kevin Spacey

No spoilers, but Spacey delivers yet another amazing performance that will leave you guessing until the last minute. It’s like he does this professionally or something.

6. Mark Boone Jr.

While Boone may only be in the movie long enough to be credited as “Greasy FBI Agent” that is all he needs to be memorable. The actor, perhaps better known for his role as Bobby Elvis Munson on “Sons of Anarchy” knows how to make a lasting impression.

7. Charles S. Dutton

This role is an uncredited performance for Dutton, but he and the director Fincher worked together on “Alien 3” and it’s nice to think that these two are friends and go out for beers and grizzled conversation together. Also, we’re showing “Mimic” later and you’ll want to keep an eye out for Dutton in that.

“Se7en” airs tonight on IFC at 8/7c


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…


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.