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NYFF: It begins (& “Haze”).

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"Haze"We may have made some mention of trying to match our New York Film Festival reviews to the day they play at the festival. This is a dirty lie. We’re just going to toss them up as we finish them. Also, our review of opening night film "Good Night and Good Luck" is going to have to wait until next week, when we actually, you know, see it, as we couldn’t make the film festival screening. Also, our reviews will be accumulating here, if you need them all in one place. Okay. "Haze":

Shinya Tsukamoto knows his industrial chic — from
his seminal "Tetsuo" to the recent "Vital," he’s managed to
create a world in which metal and concrete meet flesh in unimaginable ways.
"Haze" is a concentrated dose of Tsukamoto’s obsessions, falling
somewhere between a metaphor for urban isolation and a Nine Inch Nails video.
The film spends most of its 50-minute run-time with the camera (digital — Tsukamoto has said "Haze" is in part an exercise in the
freedom of movement shooting on video allows) distressingly close to panicked
face of the main character, an unnamed man played by the director who wakes
up to find himself badly wounded and trapped in a cramped space that stretches on but
never seems to get more than one and a half feet high.

As you’d guess, this alone would send anyone with a touch of
claustrophobia into cold sweats, but there’s plenty of unpleasantness for
everyone. As he drags himself around, looking for a way out, the man encounters
spikes, traps in the wall, a pipe he wakes up chained open-mouthed to and must
scrape along for a while, and eventually, a room filled with dismembered body
parts and a woman who’s alive, though, like him, severely injured. We hear the
man’s thoughts in occasional voiceover, but he doesn’t remember anything that
came before, and can only come up with wild theories as to why he’s ended up where
he is. The woman he’s found knows nothing more, though we glimpse flashbacks
that imply that the two knew each other, that they were living quietly lonely
and unhappy lives, and that, perhaps, they were hoping to run off together. But
the narrative frustratingly dissolves before any of this can come more into focus, leaving
the question of whether that concrete hell was ever
real up in the air.

"Haze" currently has no US distributor, but will likely surface on multi-region DVD on eBay someday.

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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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