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Ruminations on the death of Hitchcock

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042905_hitchcockprofile_1 Twenty-five years ago today, Alfred Hitchcock died (renal failure, if you’re wondering). From what we’ve seen, coverage-wise, this means more to the British than to Americans. But the Toronto Star (which, we realize, is not American, but is at least located on the same continent) has a smart salute to the jowly director, breaking down some of his rather matter-of-fact filmmaking credos. Like this one:

Fake It: One of Hitchcock’s more notorious directions to motivation-seeking actors — "Fake it" — might well stand as a defining credo of the Hitchcock universe. For the director, both the art and the effect of film was its artificiality, which he revelled in. Authenticity mattered only to the emotional impact of a film. The truth of a movie resided solely in how successfully it manipulated your responses.

On that note, Criterion has just released their end-all DVD version of "F For Fake," the last completed project of another fat, dead film legend (yes, there is a spot cleared for us already in hell), Orson Welles. The Hollywood Reporter looks at the oddity that is the movie, a half-doc that predicted the current trend of blending fiction and fact on film by almost three decades. Also see the notes there on the extras included in the two disc-set. Criterion’s Jonathan Rosenbaum also offers a robust essay on the film, starting with his meeting Welles in Paris for lunch in the summer of 1972, where Welles was working on a film he was calling "Hoax": "’A documentary?’ ‘No, not a documentary — a new kind of film,’ he replied, though he didn’t elaborate." And, if you will indulge us for a moment, "F For Fake" is also playing on IFC Sunday, May 15, should you not be prepared to shell out for the Criterion DVD.

+ Hitch pulled cinema in his direction (Toronto Star)
+ F For Fake/Intervista (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Orson Welles’s Purloined Letter: F For Fake (Criterion)

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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

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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