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2006 Top Ten: Thom Bennett

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By Thom Bennett

IFC Programming Department

[Photo: “Marie Antoinette,” Sony Pictures]

1. Marie Antoinette

2. United 93

3. 49 Up

4. Lady Vengeance

5. Dead Man’s Shoes

6. The Proposition

7. The Road to Guantanamo

8. Old Joy

9. Little Miss Sunshine

10. Wassup Rockers

Another year draws to a close with the requisite share of surprises and disappointments, cinematically speaking. I would be hard-pressed to find a movie that was the recipient of more misguided criticism than “Marie Antionette,” but Sofia Coppola once again proves that she’s one hell of a filmmaker — a historian would have probably made a far less interesting film. The latest edition of Michael Apted’s “Up” series continues to build upon what is one of the great documentary works of all time. While vastly different films, “United 93” and “The Road to Guantanamo” both provided the needed political punch. Also a great year for revenge, what with Park Chan-wook’s stunning “Lady Vengeance” and Shane Meadow’s little-seen but amazing “Dead Man’s Shoes.” And lest we declare once more that the western is dead, the Nick Cave-scripted outback parable “The Proposition” goes to show that there are still great ones to be made (just not in “the west”). Another musician making his cinematic contribution was Will Oldham, whose performance in the mesmerizing “Old Joy” is a thing of simple beauty. Outstanding performances by Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker in “The Queen” and “The Last King of Scotland” respectively gave weight to otherwise above-average films. Then there was the baffling praise heaped upon “The Departed”. As a Scorsese fan, I too was hoping for the next “Goodfellas.” This was not it. (Then again, would even “Goodfellas” have been so great with Jack Nicholson hamming it up?)

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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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