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What to watch this week on IFC: August 20-26


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Hate to tell you this, but summer’s almost over. You better spend as much time as possible inside in the air conditioning before your guilty eco-conscience makes you turn it off.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson star in
“National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon,” which is most definitely not “Lethal Weapon” and don’t you forget it. Would “Lethal Weapon” have a plot where a policewoman’s replacement continues her work on a cocaine-cookie scandal? Well, they might have, but they didn’t. The 1993 classic comedy airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET.


We’re hanging up garlic and whittling stakes all day long before “Shadow of the Vampire” airs at 8 p.m. ET. In 1922, F.W. Murnau’s haunting Nosferatu was released starring an unknown actor named Max Schreck as Count Orloff, the vampire. Eighty years later, E. Elias Merhige directed a film imagining the goings on behind the making of that film. John Malkovich stars as director F.W. Murnau who craves realism to the extent that he casts a real vampire as his star. (Top that, Dogme 95.) Willem Dafoe’s Max Schreck is about as far as you can get from Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen. To be clear, Max Schreck does not sparkle. He is rat-like, batty, slithery, and cold and Willem Dafoe owns him.


At 8/7c we’re airing William Freidkin’s classic tale of true terror “The Exorcist” starring Ellen Burstyn as an actress with a small problem: Her once-adorable 12-year old daughter Reagan (Linda Blair) is possessed. She has no choice but to call upon her friendly neighborhood Jesuit priests to try to end the demonic possession. Watch the trailer and remember the terror. If that’s not enough terror for you, stay tuned for “Saw II” at 10: 15 p.m. ET. In which a detective (Donnie Wahlberg) races against time to save his son from a sadistic madman (Tobin Bell) holding a group of people captive.


“The Beach” is no summer rom com, but instead offers a hipster take on “Lord of the Flies.” As anyone who has read the book knows, paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a young backpacker in Thailand who is handed the map to paradise — a secret secluded island that (almost) no one knows about — in director Danny Boyle’s adaptation of novelist (and later screenwriter) Alex Garland’s book. But the island is filled with both beauty and danger and after a few weeks off of the grid, the residents find themselves lost in a sea of sickness, sexual tension, and shark attacks. It’s a hippie thriller set to a techno beat. See for yourself when “The Beach” airs at 10/9c.


Even though the first rule of “Fight Club” is not to talk about Fight Club, and the second rule of fight club is don’t talk about fight club, we can’t help but tell the world that we’re showing it tonight at 8/7c. We didn’t really want to be in a fight club anyway, but we do want to watch on though. Yeah, yeah, we like to watch …movies.


There’s no better way to spend Sunday than with a triple feature of Rambo. Up first at 8 p.m. ET we have “Rambo”, where beloved Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) calls upon his long-buried but lethal skills to rescue a missionary (Julie Benz) and her comrades from the Burmese army. At 9:45p.m. ET we have, “Rambo: First Blood Part II” where the former Green Beret goes on a reconnaissance mission to spring MIAs from a Viet Cong prison. Last, but certainly not least we have “Rambo III” at 11:45 p.m. ET. In this installment of the Rambo saga, the loner Rambo leaves a Buddhist monastery to free his Green Beret mentor (Richard Crenna) from Soviets in Afghanistan.


At 10:15 p.m. ET we’re showing “Full Metal Jacket”“>“Full Metal Jacket” marked Stanley Kubrick’s return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus. Based on Gustav Hasford’s novel “The Short Timers,” the film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers played by Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, and Vincent D’Onofrio endure basic training under a sadistic drill sergeant and fight in the 1968 Tet offensive. After meeting Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record) you’re boss will look great on Monday morning.

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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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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…