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Odds: Wednesday – “Election 2,” “Brokeback,” redux.

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Harmony is a virtue.
At Kaiju Shakedown, Grady Hendrix has a great review of Johnny To‘s "Election 2" (aka, apparently, "Harmony Is A Virtue"), which opened the Hong Kong Film Festival yesterday:

As bleak as an alcoholic clown at a children’s birthday party, ELECTION 2, like [star] Louis Koo, holds itself in check until its ending when things, remarkably and unexpectedly, get even more horrible and depressing.

In the New York Times, Caryn James checks out playwright Martin McDonagh‘s first film, "Six Shooter," which won the Oscar for best live-action short last month, is available for $1.99 on iTunes, and which she calls "eloquent and comic, shaped by a sophisticated cinematic imagination."

The DVD incarnation of "Brokeback Mountain" went on sale yesterday; in the LA Times, Claire Hoffman (who, oof, makes a "quit you" joke in her lede) writes about how Wal-Mart, despite a protest campaign aimed at them by large Christian organization The American Family Association, is carrying the film and proving that the chain is only as red state, values-wise, as its commitment to ravenous economic gain will allow.

"It wasn’t even a blockbuster movie, so if Wal-Mart isn’t trying to push an agenda, why would they put it at the front door?" said Randy Sharp, director of special projects for the [AFA], which calls itself an organization for "people who are tired of cursing the darkness and who are ready to light a bonfire."

Sharp said Wal-Mart was "trying to help normalize homosexuality in society. But how many copies are they going to have to sell to recruit the losses of customers who they’ve offended and will no longer shop at Wal-Mart?"

Shove it, Sharp — you can’t imagine the realms of the sentimental (or just curious) dying to abscond to the safety of their homes with a low-priced DVD copy of this film. At RogerEbert.com, Jim Emerson writes about how fans at the Ultimate Brokeback Forum have started a campaign of donating copies of the film to libraries:

Our newest campaign (the Missionary Project) is to place as many BBM DVD’s in libraries and other places as we possibly can.  We especially want to target rural or smaller libraries which may not have the resources of the larger ones.  We are asking the libraries to label our donations with "Donated by Members of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum at http://davecullen.com/forum which, after viewing, will give those who need it a place for support.  Our message, as always, is a positive one of the beauty of love between two people which cannot be denied.

Checking in on the Caveh Zahedi development from yesterday: Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE sums the situation up and gets an extremely politic quote from IFC Films head Jonathan Sehring; at Greencine Daily, David Hudson does the same, while in the post comments both Mark Cuban and a fearless Jonathan Marlow weigh in.

Also at Greencine Daily, as well as on his own blog, Jerry Lentz is vodcasting coverage of the 2006 Method Fest.

Finally, because we, at least, really needed it: the Wired News crew gathers their favorite amateur ad imaginings from around the web for "Snakes on a Plane." Can someone make us a t-shirt of this one? Dammit, we deserve a t-shirt.

+ ELECTION 2 REVIEW (Kaiju Shakedown)
+ Martin McDonagh Finds His Inner Thug as Film Director (NY Times)
+ Wal-Mart Sells ‘Brokeback’ Amid Conservative Protest (LA Times)
+ Making it easier to climb ‘Brokeback’ (RogerEbert.com)
+ "Sex Addict" Pulled From Landmark Theater; Indie Filmmaker (and IFC Films) Caught in Mark Cuban/Comcast Battle (indieWIRE)
+ Caveh, Comcast and Cuban. (Greencine Daily)
+ Jerry Lentz (Google Video)
+ Snakes on a Plane (Wired News)

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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 IFC.com

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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…