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Feeling festive.

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Matthew Barney and BjörkVenice kicks off today, hurrah! We, of course, aren’t there, but, this morning, we did get to step over a huge puddle that’s been sitting near our apartment for days and not evaporating due to the humidity, so that was practically like a canal. Later today: see us talk to our computer, which is practically like a real live friend.

Peter Bradshaw at the Guardian isn’t there either this year, but he did post a list of the five films he’d be most excited about, were he, at the Guardian‘s blog:

Drawing Restraint 9 (dir. Matthew Barney)
American conceptual artist Matthew Barney’s bizarre and gigantic Cremaster cycle of five films was an awe-inspiringly crazy crossover project – part-movie, part-art installation. This probably has similar ambition. One’s heart sinks at the news that Björk is in it, but it has to be worth a look all the same.

As if Barney’s films were more or less bearable than Björk. The BBC takes at look at the changes to the festival wrought by new artistic director Marco Mueller, namely more emphasis on celebs (there will be nine US premieres this year) and international films. Weinstein moment of the day, re last year’s festival:

Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein threatened to encase the festival director’s feet in cement and drown him in the lagoon after the "Finding Neverland" screening was delayed into the small hours.

Andrew Pulver at the Guardian looks over the just-wrapped Edinburgh International Film Festival and the reasoning behind the paper’s presenting of their new directors award to "Thumbsucker"‘s Mike Mills. And Jason Sanders at Filmmaker sums up June’s Los Angeles Film Festival, which he sees as "raising the bar for how festivals treat filmmakers."

+ Lagoon shows (Guardian)
+ Venice builds on star glamour (BBC)
+ Suck it and see (Guardian)

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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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