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IFC News: This is what it sounds like when comedians cry.

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"It's a natural response to rock 'n' roll."
This week on IFC News:

In honor of that Adam Sandler 9/11 movie we’re still unable to sit through the complete trailer for, members of the IFC News team look at the mixed results when a few of our favorite comic actors gave in to the urge to go serious. (We wouldn’t go so far as to group Sandler as one of our favorites, though we’d make the liquored-up argument for the Dadaist brilliance of "Billy Madison.")

Dan Persons interviews Dan "Bjorn Turoque" Crane, one of the subjects of "Air Guitar Nation":

Did you regard the whole 2003 effort — the Internet campaign and the fund-raising and the talk show appearances — as part of the performance?

In the movie, you can see two different people. Most of the time when I was doing interviews and all that stuff, I was trying to imagine, "Who is Bjorn Turoque? Who is this fantasy? If this is my fantasy of a rock star, what’s he like?" The more times I’d do interviews, the more I got to know him. But there are moments in the film when it’s just me talking. So the whole experience is in some ways a performance, but what surprised me was that, looking back, I actually did get obsessed with it. I always knew it was funny, I always knew it was kind-of a joke, but I really couldn’t stop.

Michael Atkinson on Laura Poitras"My Country, My Country":

[Poitras] never intrudes on her own movie; what we see, remarkably, has the electric heat of a new experience, of seeing what has been heretofore officially proscribed. Best of all, the film is so immaculately constructed that it cannot be dismissed with charges of partisan subjectivity — Poitras covers the waterfront as she avoids ideology and cant, and yet everything that unfolds, from the combat-copter rides over Baghdad to the Arab TV footage of the Fallujah bombing, is first-hand evidence of an illegal occupation, an oppressed native people, and an abundance of needless pain and decimation. Without uttering a word herself, she calls the cards on every prevaricating pundit and politician blathering about "the enemy."

R. Emmet Sweeney writes about how "I Think I Love My Wife" holds up to its source material, and the moment Rock may have outdone Rohmer.

Matt Singer reviews "Color Me Kubrick" and "American Cannibal":

As the eponymous subject of Spike Jonze‘s "Being John You Know Who," Malkovich has become a symbol within the iconography of fame-crazed, identity-confused wannabes. As such, his casting is perfect even before he utters a word on screen. It’s a tremendous performance, but it’s basically all the movie has; no one else on screen stays around long enough to make an impression or serve as an appropriate antagonist.

On this week’s podcast, we discuss how the four biggest box office draws so far this year are among the worst reviewed, and wonder at how much power critics hold over the cineplex and arthouse crowds anymore.

And Christopher Bonet has the list of what’s new in theaters on this busy, busy week.

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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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