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IFC News: Arthouse animation, appreciating The Rock.

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"His physical solidity is continually undermined by a penchant for self-parody..."
A look at what’s new on the IFC News site:

Aaron Hillis rounds up the latest in grown-up animation: "Finding life along the major festival circuit and even some noteworthy theatrical releases across the country, a fresh crop of animated features are demonstrating darker, more mature, and downright arthouse sensibilities."

Matt Singer reviews "The Science of Sleep" and "Renaissance": "Stefane’s character, too consumed by his dreams to consummate his relationship with neighbor Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), is a frustrating hero, too childishly whiny to command our sympathy. At times, ‘The Science of Sleep’ is downright maddening. At others, it is heart-breakingly beautiful."

Matt also interviews director Michel Gondry.

Dan Persons interviews "Old Joy"‘s Kelly Reichardt:

Well, I am a huge Monte Hellman fan, so, if anything, a lot of what I was doing with sound design, perhaps, comes from him. But when I was shooting, I was watching a lot of… just going back to Satyajit Ray‘s films, and also I was watching a lot of Taiwanese filmmaking that year, and a lot of Ozu and Renoir, who has a beautiful way of dealing with nature, and the Apu trilogy, which I hadn’t looked at since college. But Monte Hellman’s great because he worked with smaller crews that went on the road, much like me. He worked with actors and non-actors and, in "Two-Lane Blacktop," you probably can’t discover a new place to put a camera on a car that he didn’t think of.

And R. Emmet Sweeney writes an appreciation of one Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson:

He internalized the sarcastic conscience of [Seann William] Scott/[Johnny] Knoxville in the "Get Shorty" sequel "Be Cool" (2005), explicitly parodying the self-image that he had already so thoroughly deconstructed in straighter films. But his performance is brilliant — as gay bodyguard Elliot Wilhelm, he outs his love of performance, no longer masked under blood and guts. No, here he just emotes — spectacularly so in his one-man rendition of a scene from "Bring It On," playing both sides of a cheerleader bitch session. It dwarfs the rest of the film by its utter fearlessness — what comparable box-office draw would have the confidence to pull off such a feminizing stunt? It’s remarkable, and his version of Loretta Lynn‘s "You Ain’t Woman Enough" might even top it.

+ Leave the Kids at Home: The Rebirth of Arthouse Animation (IFC News)
+ The Film Geek’s "Science of Sleep" Guide to New in Theaters (IFC News)
+ Michel Gondry’s Latest (Greatest) Idea (IFC News)
+ Backwoods of Bush’s America: Kelly Reichardt’s "Old Joy" (IFC News)
+ An Appreciation of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (IFC 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

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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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