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“Barbaric acts against humanity.”

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"A fairy tale so tragic/ There's no prince to break the spell."We’re a little scattered today, though we’ve managed to confirm that our English relatives are all intact — saved by generations of being mired in the suburbs, at last. Our thoughts go out to everyone in London, especially Uncle Roger, who’s a fireman there and who’s probably having a particularly terrible day today. BoingBoing has links to a chorus of text and photo blogs, which we’d recommend over BBC and CNN in terms of immediacy of coverage.

With a typical mixture of excellent and terrible timing, Armond White steps again to the plate with an article on "the new war movie" that went live today over at the New York Press. Sort of about "Occupation: Dreamland" and "Gunner Palace," and sort of about the summer’s blockbusters (which he prefers), the piece is actually stirring, though admittedly we’re feeling a little soupy today.

In "War of the Worlds," the moment of a son’s willingness to sacrifice or the chain of responsibility that is formed when civilians grab a soldier who is pulling a father out of the clutches of death (democracy as a lifeline) are among the most amazing meditations in any war film. Amazing because, like "Gunner Palace" and the best parts of "Occupation: Dreamland," these images allow viewers to struggle through the complexities of this anxious experience. Movies that deny the imperatives of the day are worthless. Filmmakers that hold on to Vietnam’s cynical spectacle—as in the overrated release of "Apocalypse Now Redux"—are worthless, too. A new kind of war movie should be like the lightbulb in Guernica, illuminating our current traumas and politics by bringing the issues home and personalizing them; supporting us all as soldiers.

+ Catharsis Now (NY Press)

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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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