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Slate officially introduces its "Summer Movie Week," which continues today with Edward Jay Epstein on how the only thing that’s really stopping Rupert Murdoch from completely mushing what remains of traditional movie rental with on-demand movies via digital video recorder is the might of Wal-Mart, which has maintained, through unwritten agreement and fear and trembling, a 45-day "video window" between a movie’s DVD release and its being made available on-demand. Also on Slate, former Salon critic Charles Taylor sings the praises of "The Bad News Bears," "both an antidote to the sentimentality that currently affects sports movies and the last hurrah for the glorious disreputability that characterized the genre in the late ’60s and early ’70s." And best of all is a seriously frazzled-sounding Grady Hendrix, head of the New York Asian Film Festival (which kicks off this Friday), writing about all of the terrible, horrible, no-good things that can and do happen to you as you plan a festival.

Two selections from the new issue of Cineaste are up online: Paul Arthur tackles the changing nature of the documentary, and Richard Porton interviews Pawel Pawlikowski, whose "My Summer of Love" opens in limited release this Friday.

The newest edition of Midnight Eye is also up. This time round they’ve got an interview with director Sogo Ishii, who was also an important figure in Japan’s punk scene of the 1970s and 80s; a detailed round-up and reappraisal of Kenji Misumi‘s films (he’s best known for his Zatoichi films, which (hey!) are currently airing Saturday mornings on IFC); and reviews of "Marebito," "Canary," "Linda Linda Linda," and Noel Burch’s "To The Distant Observer: Form and meaning in the Japanese cinema."

On top of this, the Village Voice has its own summer section with profiles of the three coolest freshmen of the season: Laura Sinagra talks to David LaChapelle about "Rize" ("It’s like, ‘Oh the
rich gay photographer goes into the ghetto to exploit the poor
children.’ But you know what? These kids want people to see their work.
As artists, they want people to see what they do."); Ed Halter is impressed by Miranda July ("The whole process was of me learning, oh, I can do my work in the world, with people. That I’m not as fragile as I thought I was."); Jessica Winter interviews Pawel Pawlikowski ("I try to be a bit documentary about everything, and think on my feet, to create a situation where cinema can happen. It’s not drama I’m talking about, or realism. I’m talking about a poetry of cinema."); and Matthew Ross examines the combination of cushy seats and controversy that is the new IFC Center.

Good lord, how’s a film blogger supposed to keep up?

+ The Joy of Blockbusters (Slate)
+ Summer 2005 (Cineaste)
+ New issue (Midnight Eye)
+ Brighter Summer Days (Village Voice)

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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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