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NYAFF 2006: “Art of the Devil 2,” “Blood Rain.”

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"If nothing's rotten, then there's no stench." One for all y’all who like your prolonged torture scenes (and you are out there): "Art of the Devil 2," a sequel in name only, is a Thai cautionary tale about the dangers of black magic (which go something like "once you pop, you just can’t stop"). A group of Bangkok college students take a trip back to their rural hometown, while in flashbacks we learn that two years ago they managed to get one of their teachers, the beautiful Ms. Panor, fired for having an affair with the school coach. When they pay her a visit, it seems at first that all is forgiven, but clearly it’s not, and Ms. Panor has been spending the last two years learning black magic in order to punish all those who wronged her by boiling off their faces, making them into curry and inducing lizards to claw their way out of their backs. Written and directed by a young collective who call themselves "The Ronin Team," "Arc of the Devil 2" plays largely like a Thai version of any recent torture porn flick, with a few nice plot twists playing with our sympathies as the film progresses.

Equally dark in atmosphere and in some ways more disturbing, "Blood Rain" is a sleek, smart Korean historical drama set in the early 1800s on an island famous for its paper-making. Along with a gruesome murder, the annual tribute intended for the king was set on fire, and a group of officials, headed up by Lee Won-kyu, are sent from the capital to sort things out. More killings occur over the next few days, and as Lee digs frantically into the history of the island, chasing down a motive for the killer and uncovering a grim secret related to his own family, the locals turn back to shamanism and superstition to protect themselves. Beneath the lush costuming and sets, "Blood Rain" hides in its heart a conspicuously bleak assessment of humanity and its thin veneer of civilization.

"Art of the Devil 2" screens tonight and June 19 at the Anthology; "Blood Rain" screens tonight and June 24, also at the Anthology.

+ "Art of the Devil 2" (NYAFF)
+ "Blood Rain" (NYAFF)

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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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