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Now you are gone, end of the season.

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The ignored masterpiece of the summer?There’s always room for another summer wrap-up, particularly for a summer as strange and apparently apocalyptic, box office-wise, as this one. Reverse Shot‘s (over at indieWIRE) also manages to be interesting and provoking. The assembled team takes pot shots at Paul Haggis"Crash" (hee!), "The Best of Youth" (blasphemy! except, hell, we didn’t actually see it ourselves) and "Broken Flowers," and praises "Tropical Malady," "Sky High" and BAMcinematek’s Philippe Garrel series.

Over at the Hollywood Reporter, Martin A. Grove tries to paint a rosier picture of the summer of disaster, by looking at it from the perspective of the films that did well, and breaking down why they succeeded. "The problem this summer was that there was absolutely nothing in the $100 million to $150 million range," he points out — otherwise, comparing the top five moneymakers from this summer with last summer’s, there wasn’t much of a drop.

Anthony Kaufman at the Village Voice suggests that the reason the box office is down this year is because the biggest potential moneymakers haven’t come out yet — he cites "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" as potential saviors of Hollywood. He also points out that the Weinstein Co. is going to have a slew of high-profile specialty releases once they’re surgically separated from Disney, but we’re not so sure about this point:

And what with summer crossover hits "Crash," "March of the Penguins," "Ladies in Lavender," "Broken Flowers," and "The Aristocrats," film executives in the specialized business aren’t worried.

We’ve been keeping our eye on indieWIRE‘s box office column, and it’s been reliably down from 2004, though Kaufman claims last year doesn’t count, because "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "The Passion of the Christ" "threw 2004 out of whack." David Poland’s also devoted some ink to the subject.

Scott Bowles at USA Today paints a portrait of studio execs, stumped by the unpredictable nature of moviegoers this year, pretty much tearing their hair out and shrieking "What do you people want?", while the AP has a story that seems a direct testament to that desperation: a research company was commissioned to essentially ask the internet what was going wrong:

Brandimensions searched 1.9 million Internet blogs and chat rooms where
users were discussing the box office slump. Relevancy algorithms were
used in choosing 1,350 posts to dissect by using software coupled with
human data analysts. The result was a 16-page analysis.

The gist of that analysis? The movies just weren’t very good.

+ What Reverse Shot Learned During Summer Vacation: 13 Lessons (indieWIRE)
+ Not everything fizzled in bummer summer (HR)
+ Slump Fiction (Village Voice)
+ Hollywood frets over fickle fans (USA Today)
+ Poor films explains box office slump – survey (AP)

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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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