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Odds: Tuesday – “I really must ask him, if he ever shows up.”

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"I aim to cure you of your wickedness."
While we slag off "Black Snake Moan" based on its trailer, Nathan Lee has an early and glowing review in the new issue of Film Comment:

[Christina] Ricci’s performance is so fearless, specific, and blazingly committed it carries the second half of the picture over the slight underwriting of [Samuel] L. Jackson’s character and his clear limitations as an actor. She’s the white-hot focal point of [director Craig] Brewer’s loud, brash, encompassing vision of the soul’s dark night survived, peering into the dawn. That’s right, haters, I said “vision.” And one so honest and healthy and against the grain of indie solipsism and Hollywood cynicism that it’s just about visionary.

Over at the Japan Times, Mark Schilling reviews "Soredemo Boku wa Yattenai" ("Even So, I Didn’t Do It"), the new film from Masayuki Suo of "Shall We Dance?", starring Ryo Kase, Shimizu in "Letters from Iwo Jima": "If a film can change Japan’s legal system, this is the one — but don’t hold your breath."

At the Hollywood Reporter, Scott Roxborough writes about how the German critics have reacted to Dani Levy‘s Hitler comedy with more boredom than shock. Worse, actor Helge Schneider, who plays Hitler, has been speaking up against the film in interviews:

"Making fun of Hitler isn’t breaking any taboos," Schneider said in an interview with Die Welt. "Saying what you really think of a movie you were involved in probably is."

"Miss Potter" attracted a fair share of repressed derision from the British press, but they’ve nothing on Harriet Lane at the Sydney Morning Herald, who, while being kept waiting by tardy interviewee Ewan McGregor, begins a downward mental spiral:

I didn’t exactly thrill to Miss Potter at the advance screening, but after several hours trapped in an overheated hotel suite awaiting an audience with one of its stars, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s one of the worst movies ever made. The questions that bothered me in the cinema have returned, newly invigorated, and are chasing each other around my head like small, bright-eyed rodents in mobcaps and starched aprons. The first is: what on earth is Ewan McGregor doing in this drippy little movie about Beatrix Potter? I really must ask him, if he ever shows up.

Gina Piccalo at the LA Times looks into "Alpha Dog" and the crimes and case of Jesse James Hollywood, the man who inspired the film. She shares some fascinating details on how the researcher Michael Mehas was given access to files, footage and photos by prosecutor Ronald J. Zonen, only to ultimately get him kicked off the case by informing Hollywood’s attorney of the fact.

At the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle plants a big, wet smack of a kiss on the Janus box set.

And Premiere‘s Glenn Kenny now has a blog — In The Company Of Glenn. Heh.

+ BLACK SNAKE MOAN (Film Comment)
+ Portrait of a dodgy legal system (Japan Times)
+ No one saluting German comedy ‘Fuehrer’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Bunny in the middle (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ No Hollywood ending (LA Times)
+ Janus Collection is an Art-House Dream (SF Chronicle)
+ Welcome… (In The Company Of Glenn)

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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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