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How the Lynch stole Christmas.

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"A woman in trouble."
Some typically less-than-illuminating interviews with David Lynch on "Inland Empire": at Salon, Andrew O’Hehir meets up with the director in a "donated, and apparently unheated, arts space on 11th Avenue."

OK, let’s try to talk about your movie. I know you have your reasons for not discussing things like intention or meaning. But you’re asking people to go see a three-hour film by David Lynch. So what can you tell them? What’s it about?

A woman in trouble.

Right. Well, that’s short and pithy. What else can we say about it? That woman is played by Laura Dern, who’s playing, I don’t know, either three different characters or one character split up three ways. It takes place in a lot of different settings, in California, in Poland, maybe other places. It’s partly set in the film industry, and it feels partly like a commentary on the film industry.

[Lynch smiles but doesn’t respond.]

Salon has a podcast of the conversation up here for your morning commute listening pleasure.

At the Boston Globe, Janice Page writes "I’d been warned about interviewing David Lynch."

He loves to talk in circles and riddles, the critics and critiques all said. He won’t explain or illuminate anything, so your best bet is to throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and just hope something sticks. Think of him as Bob Dylan with poofier hair. Oh, and don’t ask him about Transcendental Meditation unless you have a couple of hours to listen to him gush about the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.

She doesn’t seem to get much to stick either, other than that he came up with his dairy-assisted "For Your Consideration" campaign again a while ago: "I pictured myself going into the center of small French cities with a cow. And then when distribution [of ‘Inland Empire’] came up, and awards, and Laura Dern, I thought, ‘This is the place for it.’ . . . People love cows."

At the New York Press, Armond White is lukewarm on the film:

Compared to third-rate attempts at “art”—like Fur, Birth, Babel, The Fountain—Lynch displays provocative assurance and originality. His somber ironies about Hollywood expose the superstitions and biases of different classes and assorted competing egos. Nikki’s freakouts on street corners seem symptomatic of some social malaise that Lynch sketches with great command and confidence. But Dern represented sexual Americana more memorably in Rambling Rose. Here, an overworked Dern walks in and out of corridors, drawing rooms, soundstages, continents and time as if she and the maestro know exactly what they’re doing without divulging their intentions to the audience. It’s moviegoers who must compromise their entertainment standards.

Dave Kehr reviews the film too, but we were most excited about the possible solution someone in the comments offers to "Inland Empire"’s greatest mystery — where the hell Nastassja Kinski appears in the film.

Keith Uhlich has a lengthy piece on the film at The House Next Door. The reading he offers: "If INLAND EMPIRE has a central theme, it is this: the recesses we visit in order to play the parts that we play."

And at The Reeler, Christopher Campbell offers a report from Monday’s IFC Center event, in which Lynch introduced "Vertigo" and took questions from the crowd: "So Eric — he’s not here; he’s in an airplane — but anyway, a guy who works with me said, ‘You should have your own line of coffee.’ And one thing led to another. So this is David Lynch Signature Cup coffee. Very, very good. I take about 20 cups a day. It is a very good thing for theaters. Film houses should have good coffee."

+ Beyond the Multiplex (Salon)
+ Conversations: David Lynch (Salon)
+ David Lynch. His name alone makes one squirm. (Boston Globe)
+ LOST LANGUAGE OF LYNCH (NY Press)
+ Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006) (DaveKehr.com)
+ Strange What Love Does: David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE (The House Next Door)
+ Coffee, Cheese and Vertigo: Lynch Slays ‘Em Downtown (The Reeler)

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…