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The boys of summer…

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053105_giamattiIt took us a while to uncover our favorite irate intrepid duo’s latest in this issue of the New York Press, but both Matt Zoller Seitz and Armond White get around to reviewing a few films before broadening to talk about the summer’s trailers and DVD releases, respectively. MZS distills perfectly what ever film fan, no matter how jaded and snobby, has to feel, at least a little, this time of year:

Funny thing about summer: No matter how many years I do this job, and
no matter how cynical I sense myself becoming, the warm weather months
still reawaken my inner nine-year-old, and I find myself getting
excited by trailers for blockbusters that I know are likely to
disappoint me.

White…whatever. In the Village Voice, Ed Halter looks at the summer hero-cum-underdog-sportsman in "Lords of Dogtown," "Cinderella Man" and "The Longest Yard" (that would be "as skate punk, ringside messiah, and prison bitch").

Does "Cinderella Man" strike anyone else a summer oddity? It’s done in the sepia-tones of the autumn J. Crew catalog, it’s got an award-movie aura to it…then again, it (and, possibly, "War of the Worlds") is probably the only summer film our parents would want to see, so it might be a savvy move on Universal’s part plopping it alongside the relative juvenalia of the season.

In the LA Times, Rachel Abramowitz talks to Ron Howard about how he found aforementioned sepia-toned Depression-era masses inspirational, while in Time magazine, a profile of Paul Giamatti, who by all reports is neither sad nor a sack in his role as coach Joe Gould — he’s apparently quite splendid.

+ Film: Matt Zoller Seitz (NY Press)
+ Film: Armond White (NY Press)
+ Man Shows (Village Voice)
+ His fascination with struggle (LA Times)
+ The World’s Best Character Actor (Time)

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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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