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The rest: Tuesday edition.

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There’s a new issue of UK Asian film journal Firecracker up: highlights include a piece on the reoccuring tropes of Asian horror, an interview with Tony Jaa, and a review of "Crying Fist," the new film starring "Oldboy"’s Choi Min-sik.

Photo Copyright Twentieth Century FoxThe London Times has two amusing pieces that are essentially about the hazards of journalistic arrogance. First, Garth Pearce writes about how, in 1977, he was all a-flutter about being sent to interview his much-admired Alec Guinness, but, arriving at the studio, he finds the interview cancelled, and is forced instead to talk to the dull unknowns also cast in the film, a sci-fi picture he was sure "was going to disappear into a big black hole." Then Richard Curtis talks about his love for Lukas Moodysson,  admitting that he’s not much of a film critic, having once been fired for calling a re-release of "Rear Window"  "90 minutes of black-and-white perfection," having missed the screening and forgotten that "Rear Window" is actually in color.

In the Korea Times, Kim Ki-duk talks about his new strategy for the theatrical release of his new film, "The Bow": having never had a great success in his homeland, he’s going to try a US-style platform release, opening in one theater and expanding from there.

In the Telegraph, a look at how an Oscar Wilde play, moved up to 1930s and over to an American expat community in Italy in "A Good Woman," suddenly looks a lot like something by Henry James.

Via Rediff, this Friday, "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (aka DDLJ) will reach its 500th consecutive week playing at a first-run theater in Mumbai. One of the most popular Bollywood films ever make, the 1995 film is still, unbelievably, filling the theater on the weekends and holidays (Charles Taylor wrote about the film for Salon last year – the article is here).

And Al-Jazeera gathers responses on "Kingdom of Heaven" from various critics and writer around the Middle East.

+ Issue06 (Firecracker)
+ Their future in the stars (Times)
+ Alternative Lukas arts (Times)
+ Art Film Director Tries New Strategy (Korea Times)
+ Is Wilde or James the true master? (Telegraph)
+ DDLJ Still Going Strong (Rediff)
+ Muslim groups praise Crusades film (Al-Jazeera)

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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…

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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.

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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.

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