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Five favorites scores by James Horner

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When you tune in to to “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” today at 1:15 p.m. ET, we want you to try something: Close your eyes. We know it will be hard to turn away from the action as the crew of the Starship Enterprise battle one of their most hated villains: Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban), a genetically engineered tyrant (and former ruler of much of the Earth during the 1990s) who emerges from his 15-year exile on a mission of revenge against Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner), whom he blames for the death of his wife. Khan has his sights on the Genesis Device, which can reorganize matter to create habitable worlds – or destroy them utterly. So yeah, we get that it will be hard to close your eyes, but we guarantee that it will be worth it. Because once you shut out the visual action you can focus on the brilliant score that accompanies the film.

Composed by James Horner, the score to “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” narrates the action, builds tension and enhances the drama, which is just what a good score is supposed to do. It’s no surprise that the score is so successful, because Horner is a master of his craft. Horner has been nominated for ten Academy Awards for his work, winning Best Original Dramatic Score for “Titanic” and Best Original Song for “My Heart Will Go On” in 1998. He has also won two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and has been nominated for three BAFTA Awards and his contributions to the craft have been honored by the American Film Institute. So even though it’s hard, close your eyes during “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and listen to a master at work.

Here are five of our favorite scores by James Horner.

5. “Field of Dreams”

4. “The Amazing Spiderman”

3. “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”

2. “Avatar”

1. “Aliens”

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“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” airs today at 1:15 p.m. ET; Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 AM ET; and Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2:00 AM ET

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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 IFC.com

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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…