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"The World Saw Evil That Day. Two Men Saw Something Else."
One of the best things about releasing one’s film in August is the dearth of interesting things to cover — this year you’ve got your "Snakes on a Plane," and you’ve got your "World Trade Center," and that’s about that. Which may explain the avalanche of feature on the Stone film at the moment, despite the fact that, now that our 9/11 film cherry has been popped (boy, we’re getting some emails about that one!), it doesn’t seem to be nearly as urgent a story. At the Risky Biz blog, Anne Thompson highlights some of the recent stories that have been published about the film (among them that odd piece from Claudia Eller at the LA Times about how the kids are just loving those 9/11 films). There’s also David M Halbfinger‘s set visit report in the Guardian, in which he notes that an unavoidably scrupulous attachment to scale and realism (an instinctual signifier that something is in good taste?) makes the topic the sole realm of the blockbuster for the moment:

The countless measurements taken and calculations made by scientists and government agencies helped Ground Zero rescue workers pinpoint dangerous areas in the weeks after the attacks. The data also provided a fuller historical record of how the buildings collapsed and lessons for future architects and engineers.

Only a movie budgeted as mass entertainment, though, could harness all that costly information to reconstruct the point of view of two severely injured and bewildered men, who didn’t even know the twin towers had been flattened until rescuers lifted them to the surface many hours later.

The film’s the cover story in Newsweek, where David Ansen, in a long feature story, writes that "This is not the 9/11
story most people would expect from Oliver Stone. There are no
conspiracies lurking in the background. No axes to grind." (It would be extremely ballsy if he did — as raw as this topic is, if Stone approached it with an agenda in mind, he’d be run out of town.) Evan Thomas and Andrew Romano idiotically continue this train of thought in a piece about our national need to mythologize historical events:

One might expect Hollywood’s Oliver Stone to drum up a conspiracy theory to explain 9/11. He is, after all, known as the director of a movie, "JFK," that essentially accused Lyndon Johnson, the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff of killing President Kennedy. That Stone did not go to the dark side to explain the attacks of September 11 tells us something about the American sensibility toward that day.

Jeff Giles interviews the film’s real-life subjects, Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.

Much better is James Poniewozik‘s piece in Time about how TV movie "The Path to 9/11" and the problem with this summer’s tragic blockbuster bookends:

So instead of stories that reflect how 9/11 changed us, we have stories that help us flatter ourselves into believing that it did. The Flight 93 movies and World Trade Center, not to take anything away from them, cherry-picked the few triumphant stories of 9/11. They let us see it as a day when Americans tapped their strength, transformed and sacrificed–whether you and I, munching our Raisinets in the audience, did or not.

And Richard Schickel reviews and likes the film, ironically, for the reasons Poniewozik has such trouble with: "Very simply, World Trade Center is a powerful movie experience, a hymn in plainsong that glorifies that which is best in the American spirit."

It was messy and painfully theatrical, but we liked "The Great New Wonderful" quite a bit simply for the ambitiousness of what it tried to portray — that sense that, a year out from an event that felt world-rending, a event from which you were supposed to emerge stronger, and wiser, and better, you were still in the exact same place.

+ Paramount Sells World Trade Center (Risky Biz Blog)
+ 9/11 Film Resonates With an Unlikely Group: Teens (LA Times)
+ Where angels fear to tread (Guardian)
+ Natural Born Heroes (Newsweek)
+ History: How American Myths Are Made
+ Interview: ‘I Had Made My Peace With God’ (Newsweek)
+ The Day That Changed… Very Little (Time)
+ Fine Movie on a Bad Day (Time)

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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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