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Odds: Tuesday – United? Or not.

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Too soon?
Today’s possible mountain-out-of-molehill — Sharon Waxman in the New York Times follows up on the Manhattan theater that pulled the "United 93" trailer after patrons complained that it was too upsetting, and Universal Studios states its intentions to stand by its promo, keeping the trailer in theaters. And off we officially trample into the first summer of 9/11 blockbusters — Oliver Stone‘s "World Trade Center" is set to open in August.

In the Korea Times, Kim Tae-jong has a quick review of Song Il-gon‘s ("Spider Forest") latest: "The Magicians," which follows three former band-mates, reuniting to commemorate the death of their guitarist three years ago, and which is filmed entirely in one long, 90-minute take. Over at Like Anna Karina’s Sweater, Filmbrain has a great post about early Kim Ki-duk effort "Real Fiction," which, incidentally, was shot without any retakes — he also raises some interesting points about Kim’s rise to fame in the Western world and the great debate about his relative directorial hackishness. And, on the topic of interesting early work (for us, these are practically smooth transitions here), Slate‘s Hua Hsu tackles the early work of Wayne Wang, particularly 1979’s "Chan is Missing," who was so promising before he decided to put Lasse Hallström to shame in terms of the embarrassing career dive — "Because of Winn-Dixie"?! The movie was named after a supermarket!

But, of course, that’s nothing on recently announced Tom Hanks film "How Starbucks Saved My Life" (the title makes our soul hurt) (though it is to be directed by Gus Van Sant) (though Van Sant seems to have gotten his arty jollies out for the time being), which prompts Hugo Rifkind at the London Times to propose five possible plots for more corporation-adoring films.

In the Telegraph, John Turturro talks to Benjamin Secher about "Nights of Cabiria":

"What I got out of ‘Nights of Cabiria,’" he continues, "is almost more like something you would get out of a novel." His scene-stealingly expressive face crumples into a frown. "A short novel maybe." He pauses. "A short great novel."

"Fellini didn’t have that kind of stormy Italian element to him. ‘Nights of Cabiria’ in particular has a vibrancy that is very transporting. I walked out of the cinema after seeing it for the first time and felt like I’d just gone to church."

And in the New York Observer, Andrew Sarris calls Sidney Lumet‘s "Find Me Guilty" the director’s "crowning masterpiece" — quite the claim, consider Lumet’s career.

+ Universal Will Not Pull ‘United 93’ Trailer, Despite Criticism (NY Times)
+ ‘Magicians’ Plays Tricks on Audience (Korea Times)
+ Before Kim Ki-duk Changed Seasons, Pimped Teen Prostitutes, or Played Golf (Like Anna Karina’s Sweater)
+ Wayne Wang Is Missing (Slate)
+ I’ll have a skinny storyline… (London Times)
+ Film-makers on film: John Turturro on Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria (1957) (Telegraph)
+ Diesel Does Criminal Comedy In Lumet’s Latest Masterpiece (NY Observer)


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.


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…


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.