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Odds: Wednesday – Monsters out there.

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"It's about to get very dangerous."
Amidst the newly translated selection of articles from Cahiers du Cinéma up online is one in which Herve Aubron, in a piece that also considers "The Queen," "Capote," "Private Fears in Public Places" and "The Host," argues for "Lady in the Water":

Lady in the Water was not loved, because she was often envisaged via the old framework of belief. It is true that until Lady in the Water, Shyamalan seized again this question on the mode of anti-ironic political activism. To caricature it: we must continue to believe in the supernatural, even if we know it is not true. Conceived thus, Lady in the Water might have seemed to have ODed on angelism, at the risk of silliness. Except that here, Shyamalan’s question is not “Do we still believe?” but: “Do we still feel?”

We’re pleased that an outlet has staked out this cause — any actual consideration of arguments of merit aside, Shyamalan’s film is really as choicely perverse a pick as one could come up with to hail as great.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian has a section on "The Host" that includes a nice piece from Johnny Ray Huston in which he writes that "With his latest film, Bong [Joon-ho] announces himself as the heir apparent to Steven Spielberg — an heir who replaces Spielberg’s reactionary tendencies with an acutely observant antiestablishment viewpoint."

David Denby at the New Yorker muses on "the new disorder" in cinema, prompted by the ArriagaIñárritu trilogy of converging narratives: 

The cinema, in which actors appear to be moving in consecutive time through patches of genuine space, has always created a strong expectation of realistic narrative. But here’s the paradox: thanks to the mechanical nature of the recording medium (still photos, or digits, strung together in rapid succession), playing with sequence and representation is almost irresistible. As soon as film was invented, experimental film was invented. Some of the fooling around was just exuberant exploration of a fabulous new toy, but some of it arose from political or philosophical convictions, and was intended to turn us upside down.

Meanwhile, Arriaga and Iñárritu continued their very public spat over credit for their films. Natalie Finn at E! Online reports that a letter published Monday in Mexican magazine Chilango reads, in part: "You weren’t—and you never let yourself feel like—part of the team, and your comments are [a] lamented and belittling end to this marvelous and collective process that we have all experienced and are now celebrating." The letter was signed by, among others, Iñárritu and costars Gael García Bernal and Adriana Barraza.

Oliver Stone tries to explain to MTV‘s Larry Carroll the reasons the world needs a third cut of "Alexander":

MTV: What sort of things have you brought back?

Stone: Well, there was sexual material in there that was pretty controversial. There’s a eunuch in the new version — a eunuch is like a third species. They had enough problems with [Jared Leto‘s character] Hephaistion hanging around.

Finally, motion graphics house Foreign Office offers up a reel of their work for "Children of Men": see all of the despair-filled ads running in the background throughout the film here.

+ Breaking the Ice (Cahiers du Cinéma)
+ Bong hits the mainstream (SF Bay Guardian)
+ Towers of Babel Crumble (E! Online)
+ Oliver Stone Promises Third ‘Alexander’ Cut Is The Last (MTV)
+ Children of Men: The Ads (

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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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