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IFC News: All Lynch, all the time.

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Do the locomotion with me.
This week on IFC News:

We discuss "Inland Empire" on the podcast, and dissect our favorite Lynch characters. Matt Singer:

Though he would later become one of Hollywood’s most sexually adventurous actors (not for nothing does he appear as the male lead in Paul Verhoeven‘s "Showgirls"), there is something downright wholesome about Kyle MacLachlan when he arrives in Lumberton at the start of "Blue Velvet." Like a Hardy Boy who doesn’t realize he’s in the middle of an adventure (possibly one guest written by the Marquis de Sade), he stumbles into town after his father’s collapse and finds the severed ear that turns the whole plot on its, er, ear. Every time I watch "Blue Velvet" I marvel at MacLachlan’s air of innocence: he not only seems impossibly pure of body and spirit, he seems (as we are) totally unaware of where the story is going.

Michael Atkinson covers William Greaves"Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One" and the second Wim Wenders box set:

Was it life, Memorex or something else? Bewitched by the process of turning our perception of movies and the priorities of a viewer’s "knowledge" inside out, Greaves had no intentions of stopping: as the title implies, "Take One" was supposed to only the first of up to five movies derived from the same pool of ’68 footage, of which there is presumably a great amount. The project never happened that way; instead, Greaves spent the decades on smaller films (many of them educational), and only in 2005 did a second "take" emerge at the Sundance Film Festival ("2 1/2," actually), produced by Steven Soderbergh and Steve Buscemi, adding the passage of time to its hall of mirrors, and featuring contemporary footage about the history of the first film folded into the batter.

Matt reviews "Breaking and Entering" and also interviews Argentine director Daniel Burman, whose "Family Law" opens in, like, a theater this week.

Dan Persons looks at "Yaji + Kita: Midnight Pilgrims" and other adaptations that have boldly deviated from their source text:

The original novel, written in the early 1800s, follows the comic adventures of two rogues avoiding their wives, debts and responsibility by taking off for a trip down the main road between Edo and Tokyo. Kudo grabbed author Jippensha Ikku’s ball and pushed toward the end zone, turning the travelers into gay lovers; plunking them on a motorcycle; peppering the proceedings with song and dance numbers; throwing in references to video games, dinner theater, and cocktail lounges; and breaking the fourth, fifth, and sixth walls in his narrative (at one point, one of the characters winds up in a screening room complaining about the very story he’s participating in).

And Christopher Bonet rounds up what’s new in theaters this week and highlights from film series/events around the country taking place this month.

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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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