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Angry Ebert.

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"Promises, promises."Few things in the film world can top the pleasure of reading a well-written, wiltingly bad review (one of them being the well-written ecstatic review, a rarer creature). Gleefully demolishing a film is a critic’s chance to trot out their inner Dorothy Parker (Anthony Lane’s managed to make a career on this basis), and it’s far easier to mock than it is to praise without sounding soundbite-ish. On this count, Roger Ebert had a stellar week last week, with the chance to tear into "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" and exploitation flick "Chaos," both of which he gave that oh-so-coveted "Zero stars" to.

"Deuce Bigalow" is aggressively bad, as if it wants to cause suffering to the audience. The best thing about it is that it runs for only 75 minutes.

As much as we have no intention of ever going near this film, we find ourselves almost wanting to defend it from this review, because it’s set the bar so fantastically low for itself that any attempt to criticize it seems petty. Does anyone who buys a ticket for "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" care what critics think of it? As if sensing this, Ebert devotes most of the review to Rob Schneider‘s infamous open letter to the LA Times‘ Patrick Goldstein, in which Schneider took issue with a cheap joke Goldstein made at Schneider’s expense and paid to put out a petty, funny response ad in Variety in which he mocked Goldstein (incorrectly) for not having won any awards, nary a Pulitzer or a Cable Ace Award. Ebert:

Schneider is correct, and Patrick Goldstein has not yet won a Pulitzer Prize. Therefore, Goldstein is not qualified to complain that Columbia financed "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" while passing on the opportunity to participate in "Million Dollar Baby," "Ray," "The Aviator," "Sideways" and "Finding Neverland." As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.

Ooh, snap, Roger! Except, well, why bother your award-winning self? This ain’t no Vincent Gallo feud. If you really want to defend respectable journalists from the likes of certain belligerent comedians, maybe next time you drive by Rob Schneider on the street you could ball your Pulitzer certificate up and throw it at him. There’s a gesture to appreciate.

The "Chaos" review is far more perturbed and far less snarky. "There are two scenes so gruesome I cannot describe them in a newspaper, no matter what words I use. Having seen it, I cannot ignore it, nor can I deny that it affected me strongly: I recoiled during some of the most cruel moments, and when the film was over I was filled with sadness and disquiet." We feel that, by leaving them undescribed, he’s unavoidably going to make people naggingly curious, that same urge that drives us to sit through to the end of Catherine Breillat movies. If you’ll allow us to take that mystery away: one girl is stabbed multiple times in the back, then anally raped as she’s dying. The other is raped with a large knife. There. If you need to watch an splattery exploitation flick, rent a Miike movie, this one isn’t worth your time.

Also up this week on RogerEbert.com, a run-through of choice quotes from reviews of films Ebert gave 1.5 stars or less to. We’re particularly fond of this one, on the topic of Halle Berry career highlight "B.A.P.S.":

The movie doesn’t work, but was there any way this material could ever have worked? My guess is that African Americans will be offended by the movie, and whites will be embarrassed. The movie will bring us all together, I imagine, in paralyzing boredom.

+ Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (RogerEbert.com)
+ Chaos (RogerEbert.com)
+ Ebert’s Most Hated (RogerEbert.com)

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Final Countdown

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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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…