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10 Fake Movies Within Movies We Want to See


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In 1924’s Sherlock Jr., Buster Keaton’s projectionist fell asleep, and dreamed himself into his favorite film. Thus began a long tradition of Hollywood spoofing themselves with fake movies within movies.

The question here is, how do these fake films rate on their own merits? Which should be made, and which should be left on the cutting room floor? Read on for a look at some of the best and worst movies within movies with original posters created by Kristy Puchko

10. “Birdman Returns,” Birdman 


Still riding high, the Birdman franchise shows no signs of slowing down in this 1992 hit. Riggan Thompson has never been better, much to his own chagrin.” — Tabitha Dickson, NY Times

9. “Nation’s Pride,” Inglorious Basterds


“Movies by Nazis, about Nazis, have lost a lot of luster, but this bit of propaganda, based on a true story, at least shows a touch of artistry. And with sniper movies again making waves, it’s worth a second look.” — Herr Schmidt, White Pride Weekly 

8. “Ass the Movie,” Idiocracy 


“Winner of 8 Academy Awards, this 2505 hit movie was a phenomenon. You can’t fault a filmmaker for knowing what his audience wants. And if that happens to be two hours of butts, than so be it.” — CostcoTV 

7. “Jews in Space,” History of the World: Part I 


“Isn’t this basically Spaceballs?” — Reddit user Deesnutz 

6. “Angels with Filthy Souls,” Home Alone

Angels With Filthy Souls

“Yes, the acting can be a bit campy. But this noir film has found a home in late night TV reruns thanks to classic bits of dialogue like, ‘keep the change, ya filthy animal!'”– Sid Syderson, Hollywood Tattle 

5. “Hamlet,” Last Action Hero

Last Action Hero Hamlet

“For those of us who have never understood a word of Shakespeare, a thick Austrian accent can only help. The only question the Prince of Denmark has here is if this movie is going to be, or not to be…the biggest movie of 1993.” — Jane Pratt, Sassy Magazine 

4. “Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season,” Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Good Will Hunting 2

“This ill-advised sequel cash grab should have been killed at inception. While we all loved Good Will Hunting, and wondered what it would have been like with more shotgun blasting action, everyone here seems to be phoning it in.”— SnootchieBootchie47,

3. “Habeas Corpus,” The Player

Habeas Corpus The Player

“Julia Roberts was at the absolute peak of star power when this 1992 movie came out. Bruce Willis. Peter Falk. Rene Auberjonois. What this movie lacks in subtlety, it more than makes up for in sheer star power.” — Will Savage, Pull Quote Daily 

2. “Deception,” The Holiday


“This run of the mill action movie was too slick for it’s own good. Quippy dialogue. Pretty actors chasing pay checks. A Christmas Day release must have left this movie severely in the red.” — Iris Simpkins, The Daily Telegraph 

1. “Simple Jack,” Tropic Thunder

Simple Jack

“Bad idea.” — Kirk Lazarus 


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.