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2006 Top Ten: R. Emmet Sweeney

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By R. Emmet Sweeney

IFC News

[Photo: “Inland Empire,” 518 Media Inc/Absurda]

1. Inland Empire

2. Climates

3. L’Enfant

4. Pan’s Labyrinth

5. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

6. Breaking News

7. Clean

8. Inside Man

9. La Moustache

10. Stick It

“Inland Empire” and “Stick It” would make a canny double bill. In their own ways, through muddy nightmare and candy-colored dream, they examine the use and abuse of the female body (by Hollywood and the gymnastic-industrial complex) while gleefully celebrating the performers’ reclamation of their own agency. Both are love letters to their actresses — with Lynch’s howling ode lifting Laura Dern to cinematic sainthood, while Jessica Bendinger’s sprightly hiccup of a movie turns Missy Peregrym into more of a sassy film girl scout leader.

Any of the following could have slipped into the bottom three depending on my mood: “Three Times,” Dave Chappelle’s “Block Party,” “Volver,” “The Proposition,” “The Hidden Blade,” “Miami Vice,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Borat,” “Running Scared” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”

The film event of the year, hands down, was the American Museum of the Moving Image’s screening of “Out 1,” Jacques Rivette’s legendary 12 1/2 hour whatzit. Only the sixth time it’s been shown in theatres since 1971, it pits two rehearsals of Aeschylus against a rapidly expanding conspiracy plot traced back to Balzac’s “The History of the Thirteen.” The fiction multiplies like a fungus and lingers in the brain for weeks.

What I’m looking forward to in ’07: Jia Zhangke’s “Still Life” (if any distributor is brave enough to pick it up) and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

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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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