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NYAFF’s starting line-up.

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The New York Asian Film Festival, a blissful mix of the arty and the dorky (and one of our favorites), has just announced a few of this year’s titles (the complete line-up will be announced in late April). Descriptions are theirs:

"Funky Forest: First Contact": (Japan, 2005) – The follow-up film from the director and cast of "The Taste of Tea," last year’s Audience Award Winner. A sci-fi film starring Tadanobu Asano, a fat white kid, space amoebas with long nose-hairs, armpit fleshapods, and the constant demand to "Show me your dancing!"

"Linda Linda Linda" (Japan, 2005) – Korean actress Bae Doo-Na ("Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance") plays a Korean high school exchange student who joins a power punk, all-girl band intent on shredding the school talent show. A tribute to the gawkiness and the glory that are being a teenager, plus a soundtrack that worms its way into your brain and refuses to leave.

"Cromartie High School" (Japan, 2005) – Based on the best-selling manga, this is the other Japanese high school movie in our line-up. Come watch the saga of filthy, lousy Cromartie High, a school so sucky that they even enroll gorillas, robots, and Freddie Mercury. Only an invasion of space monkeys can bring this warring student body together.

"Peacock" (China, 2005) – Gu Chang-wei is China’s premiere cinematographer, having worked on the greatest films of Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige before working for Robert Altman. His directorial debut is a poetic film about small town life in China during the 1970s, but before you dismiss it as just another Chinese art film, watch it. Totally unexpected, absolutely glorious, and downright thrilling, it’s no surprise that it won the Grand Jury prize at Berlin last year.

While on the festival front, La Manohla picks through New Directors/New Films, which started yesterday, at the New York Times. And at the LA Times, Kevin Crust does the same for the Silver Lake Film Festival.

+ New Directors/New Films: A World Tour of Cinema for Adults (NY Times)
+ Silver Lake to get politically active (LA 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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