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Odds: Tuesday.

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"Daddy, I want an Oompa Loompa."
There’s a new Firecracker online with all kinds of goodness, including an interview with "Arahan"‘s director/writer/actor brothers Ryoo Seung-wan and Ryoo Seung-beom. The new Film Comment‘s also out: online are two articles from Chris Chang — one is a call for a distributor to pick up meandering bicycle cop thriller "Police Beat," and the other is an examination of the sounds of Gus Van Sant‘s "Last Days."

Roger Ebert interviews Joan Allen and Sally Potter and defends "Yes" from big bad A. O. Scott.

Stephen Rodrick in the New York Times Magazine indulges Michael Winterbottom. "A Cock and Bull Story" doesn’t sound too bad, mostly due to our fond memories of "24 Hour Party People," but we are dreading, dreading "9 Songs."

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" opens next Friday — Anthony Horowitz in the Telegraph (himself a popular children’s author) writes about how Roald Dahl‘s popularity remains because of his signaturely "cheerful malevolence." Horowitz delves into all the things that might isolate a modern child from Dahl’s story (colonialism, meretriciousness and the demystification of chocolate among them) but insists that despite this, and the fact that the studio wouldn’t let him into an advance screening, he "cannot believe that ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ will be anything but a smash hit." Margaret Talbot in the New Yorker attempts her own explanations for Dahl’s enduring appeal, alongside an overview of Dahl’s life and less-than-charming personal views (why is it that so many of the best writers were such bellicose bigots in real life?).

And finally, via KFCC, Chosun Ilbo has an interview with "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook, whose new film "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" comes out at the end of the month in Korea, about the stress the weight of expectations is causing him.


+ Issue 8
(Firecracker)
+ July/August 2005 (Film Comment)
+ ‘Yes’ is elegant, bold, original, erotic (RogerEbert.com)
+ Michael Winterbottom Gets Naked (NY Times Magazine)
+ Roald and the story factory (Telegraph)
+ The Candy Man (New Yorker)
+ Park Chan-wook and the Weight of Expectation (Chosun Ilbo)

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…