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"How you fall doesn't matter. It's how you land!"Mathieu Kassovitz, director of 1995’s "La Haine," surely the most famous (and ever more relevant) film about the Parisian banlieue, has written about the riots on his website, a statement that was partially picked up and published in the Guardian:

As much as I would like to distance myself from politics, it is difficult to remain distant in the face of the deprivations of politicians. And when these deprivations draw the hate of all youth, I have to restrain myself from encouraging the rioters.

More from David Hudson at Greencine Daily.

At the New York Times, Caryn James argues that the supposed political neutrality avowed by "Jarhead" and "Over There" ultimately hurt them: "[W]hile both works are grippingly realistic in different ways, they would have gained emotional power and relevance if they had embraced the political attitudes that subtly creep in anyway." But Craig Philips at the newly launched Filmshi news site sees "Jarhead," along with "Paradise Now" and "Turtles Can Fly," as gaining power from their refusal to politicize the narratives they depict.

And David Halfbinger at the New York Times looks at James D. Stern‘s currently in post-production doc on the 2004 presidential election: "The question, of course, is just how many people will want to relive that fight."

+ More about La Haine (Guardian)
+ Is Paris Burning? (Greencine Daily)
+ In Theaters and on Television, Marketing the Illusion of War Without Politics (NY Times)
+ Explore the
fractured state of the Middle East through the eyes of three 2005 films
Paradise Now, Turtles Can Fly, & Jarhead.
+ Is There a Hit Film in the Battle for Ohio? (NY Times)

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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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