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Odds: Thursday – To watch, to argue.

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Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman.Kate Stables at the Guardian has her monthly recommendations of short films to watch online. We’re particularly enraptured with this very cute bit of animation: "An Eye For Annai."

You, ah, you like a little Darren Aronofsky on occasion? Sure you do — who doesn’t? Teaser for the long-awaited "The Fountain" is up here (the trailer’s cut in a slightly hokey style, but the imagery looks lovely). Also, the trailer for "Munich" is here (tell us we’re wrong and that, despite the seriousness of the event on which it’s based, there isn’t a whiff of heist movie cool to the thing). And one for Justin Timberlake‘s sorta acting debut, "Edison," is up on the film’s official site.

Elsewhere: The Hollywood Reporter‘s Anne Thompson and Movie City NewsDavid Poland are having a polite if somewhat passive aggressive back-and-forth on their respective blogs. Thompson, writing in admiration of Laura Holson‘s article on Warner Brothers in the New York Times):

The studio may be promoting itself, as David Poland suggests in his Hot Button Blog at Movie City News (which is a daily must-read for anyone interested in what’s going on in Hollywood) but fact is Holson uses her access to the suits at WB to explore the very real market forces facing the studios today–using the richest studio to do it. Yes, she downplays the Carl Icahn factor. But Poland refuses to accept the rapid changes that are upon us. He also likes to tilt at the journalism establishment that gets more high-level access than he does. His independence gives him the freedom to say whatever he wants! At the NYT, Holson has to tread more carefully.

To which the reply from Poland in the comments:

[M]ight I suggest that the excessive admiration for that incredibly manipulated piece is an issue of you admiring the access, Anne, not me. I have all the access I like, thanks.

In his own space, though, Poland does grant that:

She may suck up to the journalism power structure a bit too much for anyone who isn’t beholden, but Anne Thompson is finding a lot of interesting stuff on her new blog for The Hollywood Reporter.

How gracious of him. Also, Empire publishes its list of the "50 Greatest Independent Films." As several bloggers before us have pointed out, the most outrageous thing they did to provoke a response is put "The Terminator" up there as #3. But we are Zenlike. We do not care.

+ Cyber Cinema (Guardian)
+ An Eye For Annai (Burst of Beaden)
+ Trailer: The Fountain (Apple)
+ Trailer: Munich (Apple)
+ Trailer: Edison (Official site)
+ Warner Bros. looks ahead (RiskyBiz Blog)
+ Worth Reading (The Hot Blog)
+ 50 Greatest Independent Films (Empire)

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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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