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Sundance: “Summer Rain.”

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"The way is long and the road is rough."
The Sundance catalogue lists "Summer Rain" (Spanish title: "El Camino de los ingleses") as actor Antonio Banderas‘ feature-film directorial debut, possibly as an attempt at effacing "Crazy in Alabama" from the collective memory forever. Maybe it was the flu that would later in the day and only ten minutes into "Hounddog" send us scrambling over rows of seats and irritated colleagues and running for the bathroom (a reaction unrelated to the quality of the film — what little we saw was neither promising nor bad enough to provoke vomiting), but we couldn’t make head or tail of "Summer Rain." Alberto Amarilla plays Miguelito, a young man bumming around Málaga with a few friends in the 70s. In the opening scenes, he’s on the operating table artily having a kidney removed, and the near-death experience inspires him to declare that what he really wants in life is to be a poet. Throughout the largely episodic film (which is based on a novel by Antonio Soler), everyone in the town refers to his poetic aspirations, though he doesn’t get around to actually writing anything. Instead, he obsesses over Dante’s "Inferno," romances would-be ballerina Luli (María Ruiz) and hangs around the pool and a local bar interacting with other locals, each with a different nickname. There’s a hot chick named "The Body"; an aspiring DJ named "Throat" who provides a running, nonsensical voiceover; an aging bombshell called "Iron Helmet" (Victoria Abril); and a toady named "The Dwarf." The cumulative affect is like sitting through a haphazard splice of the worst aspects of both Almodóvar and "American Pie."

+ "Summer Rain" (Sundance)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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