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Odds: Friday – Finishing with Sundance.

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"There goes the châteaubriand I planned for dinner."
We’ve got such Sundance fatigue (haven’t you?), but Eugene Hernandez‘s indieWIRE poll of what 50 critics and journalists who covered the festival liked best is a great way to get a sense of what will actually be worth watching for at future festivals and in theaters. Ryan Fleck‘s "Half Nelson" comes out on top for "Best Narrative Feature" (incidentally, the short Fleck expanded to make this film, "Gowanus, Brooklyn," is playing as part of part of one of this month’s short film collections here on IFC).

We’ve got a touch of Oscar fatigue too (fragile, we are), but we certainly have no complaints about the selection of "The Corpse Bride," "Howl’s Moving Castle," and "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and nothing else for Best Animated Feature. Sheigh Crabtree at the Hollywood Reporter discusses this lack of CGI.

Tragic, dignity-free downfall du jour: Lee Tamahori, who, before he went off to Hollywood to make flashy, mediocre action flicks, was the director responsible for 1994’s great "Once Were Warriors," was arrested, in drag, still in Hollywood, for offering to perform a sex act for money on what turned out to be an undercover cop. Via BBC.

In the new issue of Moviemaker, Wim Wenders shares his "golden rules" of filmmaking. Our favorite:

12. Don’t shoot a western if you hate horses. (But it’s okay to not be fond of cows.)

At Slate, Bryan Curtis makes an oddly poignant point at the end of a piece on the things that plague him at art house theaters:

As much as I love them, I’ve often felt lonely in art houses. It needn’t be a Charley Chase retrospective at which four people showed up, either. Even in a sold-out show, the art house seems to be filled with 150 people who came alone. You might chalk that up to the sad state of moviegoing, which forces anyone who goes to subtitled French dramas to fly solo. Or you might say, as with the multiplex, that there’s something about the nature of the place. Moviegoing, we’re told, is dying as a communal activity, thanks to DVDs and video-on-demand. And yet every time I hit the multiplex and sit among the teenage hordes, I feel like moviegoing has gotten new life—loud and often obnoxious life, but new life all the same. Try this thought experiment: You’d go to an art house by yourself. When would you ever do that at a multiplex?

For 40 years, South Korea has had a screen quota system to protect its film industry: local cinemas are required to show domestic movies for at least 146 days a year, and which is, inarguably, the reason that the country has such a thriving film industry. Kim Sung-jin reports in the Korea Times that last week the government decided to halve this quota as part of negotiations towards finalizing a free trade agreement with the US. Kim Tae-jong looks in on the filmmakers preparing to fight back.

And at the London Times, Derwent May seems to be finding the International Film Festival Rotterdam to be all torture, masturbation, and animate cuts of meat:

[Czech director Jan Svankmajer] also provides an extra thread of horror: the film keeps cutting to revolting but all too memorable shots of slabs of meat slithering through the world with a life of their own. "There goes the châteaubriand I planned for dinner," I heard one audience member say.

+ PARK CITY ’06: "Half Nelson" Dominates Survey of Sundance 06 Critics and Journalists (indieWIRE)
+ Oscar shuns CGI toons (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Bond director ‘tried to sell sex’ (BBC)
+ My Golden Rules (Moviemaker)
+ Cinema Purgatorio (Slate)
+ Korea to Halve Screen Quota (Korea Times)
+ Film People Begin Protest Against Screen Quota Cut (Korea Times)
+ Lessons from the Marquis de Sade (London 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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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