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Five key scenes from the new “Amazing Spider-Man” trailer that are worth another look


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A new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man” arrived online yesterday, and not only did it give us a great look at the film’s villain, The Lizard, but it also offered up some additional footage that might be worth a second look for anyone interested in the webslinger’s return to the big screen.

Here are five scenes from “The Amazing Spider-Man” trailer that seemed extremely re-watchable — including one big question raised by a scene late in the trailer.

1. First-Person Peter Parker

Back in February, IFC got an early look at some footage from “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and one of the elements that stood out is a sequence that unfolded from a first-person perspective as Spider-Man traveled around New York City. It was a breath-taking scene that gave you a taste of what the world looked like through Peter Parker’s eyes as he was leaping, swinging, and flipping through the urban landscape. This brief scene at the 0:13 mark in the trailer is a piece of that larger sequence, and we’re hoping the final cut includes a nice chunk of that footage, as it was definitely a unique spin on presenting Spider-Man’s powers to the audience.

2. The Lizard!

The new trailer offers quite a bit of footage featuring The Lizard, the reptilian alter ego of Dr. Curt Conners and the primary villain of the film. We get our first look at him around the 0:17 mark, as Spider-Man tries to evade him on the roof of the Oscorp tower. It’s the first scene of many in the trailer, and a nice way to illustrate the villain’s bulky profile and savagery relative to Spider-Man’s skinny frame.

3. No Organic Webs Here, Thank You

Right around the 0:35 mark, there’s nice, close-up shot of Spider-Man’s mechanical web-shooters, an element of the film that draws directly from the character’s comic-book origin, and ignores the often-criticized organic web-slinging of the previous film franchise. While the clockwork-like gears of the web-shooter seem a bit fragile to survive a tussle with The Lizard, it will be interesting to see how they’re presented in the film. Keep an eye on Spider-Man’s wrists throughout the trailer, and you’ll notice a red light blinking on his wrist every time he shoots off a web.

4. Welcome Back, Spider-Snark

In the comics world, Spider-Man is known for his constant jokes and running commentary throughout any brawl he gets involved in — much to the annoyance of his fellow superheroes. Back in February, we described this scene as one of the great signs that Peter Parker is getting back to his snarky roots in Marc Webb’s reboot of the franchise. Around 1:01, when you hear Spider-Man say, “You’ve found my weakness! It’s small knives!” it’s hard not to crack a smile — which is exactly the sort of take on Spider-Man fans have been hoping to see on the big screen.

5. Who is that guy?

Okay, here’s one for the freeze-framers: who’s the character talking to Dr. Curt Conners around the 1:25 mark in the trailer? He comes out of the shadows and asks Conners, “Did you tell the boy about his father?” Could this be someone we’ll see more of in future films? Heck, let’s just ask it now: Is it Norman Osborn? It’s clearly someone who holds sway over the scientist and is privy to the greater story arc unfolding in the film. The mystery deepens…

Which scenes from the trailer were most interesting to you? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…