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“The source of all life!”

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"Time brings all things to light."
Stephanie Zacharek‘s Toronto dispatches at Salon are our new favorite thing. Today’s, on "The Fountain":

Part historical fantasy, part lovers-separated-by-death weeper, part New Age fever dream, "The Fountain" isn’t truly horrible, just very, very silly. When [Hugh] Jackman plunges his dagger into the hairy bark of the Tree of Life, a viscous, milky substance trickles out — the source of all life! Best to have a tissue handy for this kind of thing. Jackman plays a doctor-researcher type who’s desperately trying to shrink a tumor in a lab monkey’s head. But before that, he’s a Spanish guy around the time of the Inquisition, fending off savages with pointy teeth in a battle sequence that’s like "Lord of the Rings" lite. And in between, he’s a bald guy meditating; occasionally, he takes a break to eat some of that magic tree bark.

And from yesterday’s:

[T]he big movie that almost everyone is conspicuously silent about is Steven Zaillian‘s adaptation of Robert Penn Warren‘s "All the King’s Men." I confess that I decided to forgo the Sunday afternoon screening, because I’ll be able to see it in New York next week. When I’ve asked colleagues what they thought of it, I can’t help noticing how their lips tighten into grim little lines. They speak about it as if it were an unlikable relative who has somehow embarrassed them — although one colleague, when I told her I had skipped the screening to go back to my hotel and do some work, asked me outright, "Could you hear how loud it stank from way over there?"

At indieWIRE, Anthony Kaufman writes that "Next to ‘World Trade Center,’ ‘Rescue Dawn’ may very well be the most patriotic movie of the year. And that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad, either."

From Anne Thompson at the Hollywood Reporter: "a new subgenre has emerged at the Toronto International Film Festival: the dramatic thriller based on the real-life horrors of Africa." Her two examples are Kevin Macdonald‘s "The Last King of Scotland" and Phillip Noyce‘s "Catch a Fire," which she focuses on.

And at the LA Times, Patrick Goldstein talks to Asger Leth about "Ghosts of Cite Soleil,"  his documentary on gang leaders in the Haitian slums, here. Here, he speaks to "Death of a President"‘s Gabriel Range, noting that the director "looked a bit shellshocked. His phone buzzed so often that he finally turned it off."

+ Toronto Film Festival 4 (Salon)
+ Toronto Film Festival 3 (Salon)
+ TORONTO ’06 CRITICS NOTEBOOK: Immigrant Stories and Haitian Violence (indieWIRE)
+ "Fire" brings African reality to Toronto festival (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Haiti haunted by thuggish ‘Ghosts’ (LA Times)

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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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