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What to watch this week on IFC: September 4 – 9


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Well, we did it. We survived another * shudder * summer. Those dreadful months where people expect us to go outside, enjoy the great outdoors, barbecue, swim, and get a tan. Thank gawd that’s over with and we can go back to working on whatever skin color you get from basking in the brilliant blue glow of our television screens. It’s already Tuesday, so we better cracking and slather on some sunscreen.

Here’s what to watch on IFC this week:


If you don’t watch “The Boondock Saints” tonight at 8 p.m. ET, we have to tell you something in all seriousness: YOU’RE DOING TUESDAY WRONG. Luckily you can correct the error of your Tuesday ways by watching the repeat performance at 10:30 p.m. ET. Yep, it’s the movie so nice (read: bloody and brilliant) that we’re showing it twice.


We’re showing “Monster’s Ball” at 8/7c so grab a box of tissues and brace yourself. The intense drama stars Billy Bob Thornton as a racist prison-guard who can’t help but fall for Halle Berry (he’s only human after all) playing a woman who’s husband died on death row. The affair is excruciating and the actors both do a brilliant job, but it was Berry who picked up the Oscar for Best Actress, becoming the first African-American woman to win the honor.


For martial arts fans, “The Forbidden Kingdom” was better than Christmas, Halloween, and ComicCon rolled into one. Why? Because it was the first on-screen team-up of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Based loosely on the 16th century Chinese novel, “Journey to the West,” the film follows Jason (Michael Angarano), a South Boston teenager and martial arts fan who comes across a magical staff owned by a pawn shop owner (Chan) that transports him back to ancient China, where he becomes involved with drunken master (and supposed immortal) Lu Yan (Chan again) and a quest to free the Monkey King (Li) from the stone statue that imprisons him. It is nothing short of awesome, so tune in at 8/7c or at 10:15 p.m. ET.


Friday Night Frights is back with a double feature of horror. Up first is the cult classic “The Gate” starring Stephen Dorff. Two boys (Dorff, Louis Tripp) and a girl (Christa Denton) learn from a heavy-metal record that a gaping backyard hole is the gate to hell. It starts at 8/7c and is followed by Wes Craven’s delightful werewolf film “Cursed” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Christina Ricci at 9:45 p.m. ET.


Catch Roger Corman’s “Teen-Age Caveman” at 1:45 p.m. ET. It’s a quirky look at a land before time when teenagers were still as annoying as they are today. The film features an adolescent tribesman who dares to explore the feared “forbidden zone,” which isn’t really a euphemism for anything. Ugh, teenagers, right?


Spend Sunday the right way. No, not waiting in line for brunch. Watching a marathon of Arrested Development! Yep, we’re showing some of our favorite episodes of back-to-back Bluth goodness starting at 12/11c.

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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.


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.