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“Slaughterhouse Five” and filming the unfilmable.

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Michael Sacks and Valerie PerrineIn honor of the release of George Roy Hill‘s 1972 adaptation of "Slaughterhouse Five" on DVD in the UK, John Patterson at the Guardian writes about movies based on unfilmable books: "novels that once fell into this category have since become the kind of property that self-proclaimed ‘edgy’ directors will stab one another to death in order to film." He breaks this category up into two groups; the unfilmably obscene ("Last Exit to Brooklyn" and "The Story of O" come up) and the narratively unfilmable (for him, "Fight Club" and "Slaughterhouse Five" managed some transcendence here, though Mary Ellen Bute’s attempt at capturing "Finnegan’s Wake" in celluloid gets full points for ambition). We hate to see this topic slip by without a nod to Spike Jonze’s "Adaptation," which seems to capture the essence of the dilemma of adapting the unfilmable novel into film: how the hell do you do it, and is it really worth bothering?

Serendipitously, Filmbrain over at Like Anna Karina’s Sweater just put up a lengthy post revisiting the joys of "Slaughterhouse":

The time-tripping structure of the novel lends itself perfectly to the medium — the jump cut (one of cinema’s great achievements) allows for the continuous leaps across time and space in a way that is even more striking than the novel itself.

We have fond memories of going to see a double-feature of "Slaughterhouse Five" and "Catch-22" (another almost unfilmable) at the now-closed UC Theater in Berkeley when we were in high school, a great old cinema, massive, always at most half-full, with fantastically uncomfortable, often broken seats and scattered sleeping homeless men. We miss it terribly.

+ Story is the hardest word (Guardian)
+ Forgotten Gems of the 70’s: Slaughterhouse-Five (Like Anna Karina’s Sweater)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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