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The week’s critic wrangle: Brokeback.

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Yes! We get it! Gay cowboys!Wooo…it has been a long week for us, beloveds, and as much as we liked "Brokeback Mountain" and are at least a little intrigued by "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" (which we started to round up also, then were defeated by) we feel so saturated in coverage of both films that we’re left having to slap ourselves in the face to stay focused. Gay cowboys…Christ-figure fauna…all…blurring together… We’re going to come at you pullquote style here, because honestly, there’s nothing surprising that’s being said about "Brokeback" (which is pulling in solid, if not extremely enthused reviews) that hasn’t already been discussed, so we’re just skipping straight to everyone’s best turn of phrase/point:

Anthony Lane: "Rumor had it that ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was an explicit piece of work, and I was surprised by its tameness, although Lee‘s helplessly good taste, which has proved both a gift and a curb, was always going to lure him away from sweating limbs and toward the coupling of souls."

David Edelstein: "Cartman on ‘South Park’ famously dismissed independent movies as ‘gay cowboys eating pudding.’ I have no idea where the pudding image came from, but I’m bound to say that ‘Brokeback Mountain’ could use a little more of it—by which I mean more sweat and other bodily fluids. Ang Lee’s formalism is so extreme that it’s often laughable, and the sex is depicted as a holy union: Gay love has never been so sacred."

Stephanie Zacharek: "This is an unconventional love story that’s carefully calibrated to offend no one. ‘Brokeback Mountain’ risks so much less than its characters do — it’s a closeted movie."

J. Hoberman: "’Brokeback Mountain’ is the most straightforward love story—and in some ways the straightest—to come out of Hollywood, at least since ‘Titanic.’"

Armond White (semi-inexplicable once again): "Although Lee is adapting Proulx‘s short story (and implicitly claiming its New Yorker magazine pedigree), his film is actually — emotionally — based on the 1962 Hong Kong–operetta movie ‘The Love Eterne.’"

Stephen Holden: "Mr. Ledger magically and mysteriously disappears beneath the skin of his lean, sinewy character. It is a great screen performance, as good as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn."

Ella Taylor: "’Brokeback Mountain’ is at once the gayest and the least gay Hollywood film I’ve seen, which is another way of saying that Lee has a knack for culling universality from the most specific identities."

Nick Pinkerton: "Sure, Ang throws us some furtive touchy-feely, but ‘Brokeback”s shorthand for liberation involves a boy’s-life montage of the principals — Whoo-wee! — cliff-diving in the buff. I’m obtusely reminded of the skinny-dipping interlude in Merchant-Ivory’s film of Forster’s ‘A Room with a View’ — take heart, Ang: James Ivory‘s job may open up any day!"

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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