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Opening This Week: February 9th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Hannibal Rising,” Weinstein Co., 2007]

A round-up of the best (or worst) $10 you’ll spend this week.

“Black Friday”

Indian director Anurag Kashyap’s latest documents the investigations following the Bombay bombing of 1993, which occurred just two weeks after the bombing of the World Trade Center. The film tells the stories of the bombings through the different people involved, including the police, the conspirators, the victims, and the middlemen. “Black Friday” was nominated for the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2004.

Opens in limited release (IMDB Page).

“Hannibal Rising”

The Hannibal Lecter series continues with this fifth (!!) film about our favorite Oscar-winning serial killer (insert your own “fava beans and a nice chianti” joke here). This latest entry details Lecter’s youth in Europe through his string of gruesome murders. French actor Gaspard Ulliel (“A Very Long Engagement”) steps in some mighty big shoes as the young Lecter, but early reviews state that Ulliel’s Lecter brings a new level of creepiness absent from the previous films. Or, it just might be another Hollywood cash-in on a film series that should’ve ended two installments ago. We’d bet on the latter.

Opens wide (official site).

“The Lives of Others”

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s debut feature film may be one of the interesting films to come out of Germany in the past few years, winning a total of seven German Film Awards and garnering Best Foreign Film nominees from both this year’s Golden Globes and Academy Awards. The film tells the story of a German Stasi agent’s gradual disillusionment after he is ordered to spy on the dealings of a celebrity couple. “Funny Games”‘s Ulrich Mühe stars.

Opens in limited release (official site).


“Norbit” easily wins the year’s creepiest marketing campaign award; the film’s disturbing posters show Eddie Murphy (as a woman) in a fat suit straddling a nerdy Afro’ed Eddie Murphy (as a man) underneath. After earning some serious acting credibility for his supporting role in “Dreamgirls,” Murphy seems primed to take a fall from grace of “Catwoman”-esque proportions.

Opens wide (official site).

“Operation Homecoming: Writing the War Experience”

Richard E. Robbins covers the war experiences of the Iraq conflict through the first-hand accounts of American troops through their own words. The film is based upon the Operation Homecoming movement created by the National Endowment of the Arts and will include dramatic readings from Hollywood actors based on the writings of the soldiers.

Opens in New York (official site).


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.


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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…


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.