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Odds: Tuesday – Meh.

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The Writer’s Guild of America’s 101 Greatest Screenplays list? Meh.

Nora Ephron‘s weird essay in the New York Times on going to see a movie in the Upper East Side and finding the theater overrun by entropy? Feh. Though we did laugh at this:

One day, about two years into my tenure, I was staying in Los Angeles, in a hotel, and I attended a Loews board meeting by telephone;
it was so boring that I decided to leave for a while and get a manicure
downstairs.

When I got back to my room, only 20 minutes later,
everyone was screaming at one another on the telephone. I didn’t want
to admit I had left the room — and by the way, no one had even noticed
— so I listened for a while and realized that while I’d been out having
my nails done, the company had gone bankrupt.

In Time, Richard Corliss shills for "United 93":

Perhaps those who saw the trailer didn’t realize that this was the one flight, of the four hijacked that day, with an inspiring ending. This was the one on which the good guys, following passenger Todd Beamer‘s John Wayne–like invocation, "Let’s roll," foiled the bad guys. The saga of this flight makes for, in 9/11 terms, a feel-good movie. Just as important, "United 93," at which TIME was given an exclusive first look, is a good movie–taut and implacable–that honors the deeds of the passengers while being fair, if anyone cares, to the hijackers’ jihad bravado. (At one point the passengers are heard murmuring the Lord’s Prayer while the hijackers whisper their prayers to Allah.) If this is a horror movie, it is an edifying one, a history lesson with the pulse of a world-on-the-line suspense film.

Honestly, we hadn’t felt strongly about the film (though we had no desire to see it) until now, but after reading that article we’re finding it incredibly repugnant. We realize that the studio and the filmmakers has to paint "United 93" as an Important Film, because otherwise it’s just outright exploitation of a recent tragedy for economic and entertainment purposes. But still…how the hell does repackaging what happened into a grim action movie with an "inspiring" ending make it significant? Unless Corliss thinks there’s a lesson to be imparted here — now we know! better to jump those terrorists first! — why is he claiming we need a blockbuster in order to know that the people on flight 93 did heroic things? But whatever. The film will open Tribeca, and family members of those who died that day will be shuffled out onto the red carpet, and everyone will be very solemn and talk about the importance of the festival in revitalizing downtown, et cetera, et cetera. And sometimes a movie is just a movie, and sometimes it gets buried under repellently self-important bullshit anyway.

Anyway.

At the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards, Johnny To‘s "Election" picked up Best Director, Best Play, Best Actor and Best Film (via CRI).

In the Independent, Alice Jones looks at "U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha," which transports Bizet’s "Carmen" to a South African township.

And at MSNBC, John Hartl argues that the Golden Age of cinema wasn’t a gilded as we like to remember it.

+ 101 Greatest Screenplays (WGA.org)
+ The Last Picture Show (NY Times)
+ Let’s Roll … (Time)
+ 25th Hong Kong Film Awards Unveiled (CRI)
+ A township Carmen (Independent)
+ The Golden Age of movies? Never happened (MSNBC)

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…