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Keeping the mad tragic-Greek drama at a dreamy distance.
We were evacuated from our building due to the Manhattan mystery smell, so we’re attempting to do this from home — either way, it’s a light week at IFC News:

"Just as comics have inspired movies, movies have proven a fruitful inspiration for many comics," writes Matt Singer. "And, admittedly, most of the comic book movies that make their way to multiplexes barely scratch the surface of the diversity of styles and genres available in any good comic book store." He shares five graphic novels that should appeal to any film fan.

Michael Atkinson covers "Street Fight" and "The Weeping Meadow" on DVD:

Literally trailing after these scrambling souls as they follow each other into the crossfire of the mid-century — world war, the revolution, the fascist junta, civil war — Angelopoulos‘s massive real-time moviemaking keeps the mad tragic-Greek drama at a dreamy distance. Often, the director seems capable of coordinating entire landscapes, and weather, too — how did he manage to flood an entire plain, scores of square miles we’d already seen dry and supporting houses, for a single scene? (Sleight-of-hand F/X are not in Angelopoulos’s tool kit.)

Matt reviews "God Grew Tired of Us," "Tears of the Black Tiger" and "Alpha Dog":

When hiring someone to direct his rags-to-riches hit "The Pursuit of Happyness," star Will Smith selected Italian Gabriele Muccino after the filmmaker suggested that to fully understand the American Dream you need to be a foreigner, a notion also explored in the new documentary "God Grew Tired of Us." It follows three young men exiled from their home in Sudan by a brutal civil war who, after ten years spent in a refugee camp, are given the opportunity to come to the United States and earn a living. The men are largely unfamiliar with the US and its customs before they arrive; they don’t mention the American Dream and are almost certainly unfamiliar with the term. But their journey to America illustrates and in some ways deflates that ideal.

On the podcast, we discuss the year’s biggest disappointments, none greater than the year’s dire lack of truly good bad films.

And Christopher Bonet rounds up what’s new in theaters this week.

+ IFC News

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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