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What’s Up In February

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Once Upon a Time In The West,” Paramount Pictures, 1969]

Ennio Morricone

Feb 1—10

In honor of his upcoming honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and his recent concert at Radio City Music Hall (his first in the US), New York’s Museum of Modern Art pays tribute to famed film composer Ennio Morricone in this ten-day retrospective of some of his most prized films. Screenings will include his Sergio Leone epics “Once Upon a Time in the West” and “Once Upon a Time in America,” the late Gillo Pontecorvo pioneer film “The Battle of Algiers,” and the Roland Joffe period piece “The Mission,” which Morricone will be on hand to introduce.

The Cinema of Donald Cammell

Feb 2—11

Though he only produced a handful of works, the 25-year career of brilliant but troubled director Donald Cammell feels far too short. New York’s Film Society at Lincoln Center will feature several of Cammell’s films in this retrospective, including the sci-fi horror “Demon Seed,” the Nicolas Roeg co-production “Performance,” and the director’s cut of his final film, “Wild Side”.

Hong Kong!

Feb 2—28

The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago hosts its annual month-long celebration of the Chinese New Year with a host of new films out of Hong Kong. This year’s festival includes a retrospective on influential action film director Johnnie To and will include a sneak preview screening of his latest feature, “Exiled,” on February 17th.

Werner Herzog: Visionary at Large

“Eclectic” might be the only word one could use to describe German auteur Werner Herzog, both through his own filmmaking (“Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” “Fitzcarraldo”) and his personality (Les Blank’s documentary “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe”), as the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago hosts this ten-film tribute throughout the month of February to Herzog in honor of his upcoming Christian Bale-starring “Rescue Dawn.”

Crispin Helion Glover presents “What is It?”

Feb 9—11

Crispin Helion Glover will be on hand at the IFC Center to present his first feature “What Is It?”, an unclassifiable film that was both self-produced and self-financed by Glover himself. Each screening will also feature a live dramatic presentation and a supplementary slide show. Trust us, “What Is It?” is simply more than a film, it’s an event.

57th Berlin International Film Festival

Feb 8—18

This annual festival remains one of the premiere film events in the world.

Meet the Oscars

Feb 9—24

Get a chance to check out the 50 Oscar statuettes before they are handed out at the Academy Awards on February 25th. This exhibit, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be on display at locations in both Hollywood and New York.

A View from the Vaults: Warner Bros., RKO Pictures, and First National Pictures Inc.

Feb 9—24

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City pays homage to some of the greatest pictures produced by the Warner Bros., RKO and First National studios. Highlights include Bette Davis’ Oscar-winning performance in “Jezebel”, the Raoul Walsh directorial comedy “Gunga Din,” and 1950’s “Mighty Joe Young” (sans Charlize Theron).

Welcome to the Billy Wilder Theater

Feb 9—Mar 31

“8 Mile” director and archive chairman Curtis Hanson will be on hand to present the opening of UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Billy Wilder Theater in honor of the pioneering director of the classical Hollywood director. To inaugurate the opening of the theater, UCLA will screen two of his most important (and hilarious) films, with 1960’s “The Apartment” playing on opening night and 1959’s “Some Like It Hot” following the night after.

Danny Glover in Person

Feb 14—15

Executive producer and star Danny Glover will be on hand at the Film Forum in New York City to discuss “Bamako,” a film that premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and originated from the nation of Mali.

Gangster & Crime in the Big City

Feb 15—22

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater presents this short series on our favorite movie genre, the gangster film! Films to be screened include the expected Quentin Tarantino film “Reservoir Dogs,” a “Scarface” double feature (both the Hawks and De Palma versions), and a new print of the hard-to-see Burt Balaban pic “Mad Dog Coll.”

The 79th Academy Awards

Feb 25

They make get more and more boring each year, but you know you’ll watch them anyway. We’re bummed that Jon Stewart was not asked back to host the Oscars, but the addition of Ellen Degeneres promises to be a good time. With a beer in one hand and predictions in the other, be sure to catch the Academy Awards at 8 PM on ABC.

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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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