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The beginning of the end (of the year).

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Those crazy cowboys. Cowboys in love.Before the barrage of end-of-year lists comes out, we thought we’d jump the gun and put out our top ten now. So:

1. "2046"
2. "A History of Violence"
3. "Caché"
4. "Kung Fu Hustle"
5. "Paradise Now"
6. "King Kong"
7. "Head-On"
8. "Grizzly Man"
9. "Me and You and Everyone We Know"
10. "Brokeback Mountain"

More analysis and our other IFC News lists here, but we’d like to say off the bat that we still haven’t seen "Munich," "Match Point," or, most importantly, "The New World." But, you know, we’d thought we’d throw that out there anyway. Better to be early and ignorant than well-informed and lost in the crowd. Or something.

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association named "Brokeback Mountain" Best Picture of the Year (runner-up: "A History of Violence"). The New York Film Critics Circle also goes for "Brokeback," reports  Christy Lemire at AP, while the National Board of Review picks "Good Night, and Good Luck." Ty Burr at the Boston Globe shares that Boston Society of Film Critics also honored "Brokeback" as best of the year (Do we smell award momentum? Or is that just the tuna melt someone’s eating in the cube next to ours?). And, via Slant‘s Ed Gonzalez, "The Squid and the Whale" is the favorite of the New York Film Critics Online.

+ Our Top Tens for 2005 (IFC News)
+ 2005 LAFCA Awards (Official site)
+ National Board of Review Picks Top Film (AP)
+ Boston critics name ‘Brokeback’ best film (Boston Globe)
+ The 2005 NYFCO (New York Film Critics Online) Awards (Slant Blog)

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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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