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IFC News: Polley, “4,” pervy Peter O’Toole.

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"We'll both drown."
This week on IFC News:

Aaron Hillis interviews Sarah Polley, who stars in "The Secret Life of Words," opening this week, and whose directorial debut "Away from Her" will screen at Sundance.

Why did you want to work with Isabel Coixet again?

To be honest with you, I think it was by far my best experience as an actress. She has such a distinct, original voice and I really wanted to be part of that again. I feel like we have a kind of shorthand at this point, like we don’t need to talk that much anymore. I can understand just from her body language what she’s looking for; we have this oddly telepathic communication. It’s an incredible thing to walk into a project knowing that you have that with a filmmaker.

In his DVD column, Michael Atkinson writes of Ilya Khrjanovsky‘s "4":

Only 30 during filming, Khrjanovsky is fearless in his devotion to ridiculous ambiguity, possibly meaningless metaphor and long, breath-holding takes. However berserk and bedeviling it might seem on first viewing, "4" has a way of implanting itself in your reptile brain and haunting your daydreams for months afterward. I’ll go out on another limb: if you don’t face up to the film’s quadripartite patterns, betraying subnarratives, drunken techno-dread and derelict Russian wastelands, you have little idea what world cinema is up to lately.

On the "podcast," we discuss some of our favorite films from the first half of the year that shouldn’t be forgotten come year-end round-up time.

Matt Singer reviews "Home of the Brave" and "Venus":

"Venus" is a movie both sweet and sour, one likely to warm your heart at times and chill you to the bone at others. Rarely I have been so equally touched and repulsed by a film. Basically a British "Grumpy Old Men" with a heaping dash of "Lolita," the new film by director Roger Michell offers aging superstar Peter O’Toole a showcase for his chops, both comedic and dramatic, and whatever else you think about it, there’s no denying the 74-year old actor still has a spring in his step and a mess of charisma.

And Christopher Bonet has the week’s in-theater round-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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