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No Clark Kent.
Before it gets ridiculously late (instead of just goofily so, which is where we may be falling with this) to be posting anything more on SXSW, we wanted to get a few other things out there:

"Confessions of a Superhero": In Christopher Dennis, director Matt Ogens has found a doc subject almost too good to be true — the boyishly handsome (if tattered around the edges) Dennis makes his living by donning a Superman suit, painstakingly twisting his hair into a Christopher Reeve curl on his forehead, and heading out to Hollywood Boulevard to pose in photos with tourists for tips. He’s a Superman obsessive — the apartment he shares with his enraptured girlfriend is packed with merchandise and memorabilia — who, as another sidewalk superhero points out, is suffocating in his own fixation, his life curtailed by his unhinged dedication. None of film’s the other subjects — the once homeless man who dons a full foam suit to play the Hulk, the buxom former homecoming queen who dresses as Wonder Woman, the short-tempered guy who does Batman — are ever as interesting, though they’re all a little tragic and often seriously lacking in self-awareness, rattling around the bottom rungs of the entertainment industry and dreaming big dreams. Ogens treats his subjects gently, even when they display a troubling inability to separate fact from fiction, but this means that promising threads, like Dennis’ perhaps dubious claim that he’s the son of actress of Sandy Dennis, are allowed to drop. The aggressively moody doc sometimes hangs its themes a little heavily, but it’s compelling, and the still photographs that pepper the interviews and observational footage are poignant and strikingly memorable.
"Confessions of a Superhero" currently has no theatrical distribution.

"Steal a Pencil for Me": Oscar-nominated director Michèle Ohayon‘s fourth feature-length documentary is a love story set in a concentration camp. The romance of Jaap Polak and Ina Soep bloomed during their stints together at Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen, documented in the letters they smuggled to each other — Jaap was married at the time, and his wife was with him at the camps. The horrors of the Holocaust have been chronicled in so many films that we’ve started avoiding them because we’re uncomfortable with the impassivity you start to develop — nothing can make you picture the flames of hell that surely await you quite like fighting boredom during a Holocaust film. Jaap, now in his 90s, and Ina are a charming, mischievous couple, and "Steal a Pencil for Me" offers a novel angle on a terrible time, but it’s an only fitfully engaging film that relies heavily on a florid readings of the letters. Better are the film’s scattered moments of improbable levity, as when Ina tells her daughter about how, even at Bergen-Belsen, she used to wear rollers every night, because while they didn’t get many opportunities to wash their hair, it might as well fall nicely.
"Steal a Pencil for Me" currently has no theatrical distribution.

"Fish Kill Flea": Co-directed by Aaron Hillis, who’s both a friend of ours and a contributor to the IFC News website, "Fish Kill Flea" is a charming and bittersweet portrait of a large flea market that’s settled into a dead mall in upstart New York. With a tip of the hat to "Gates of Heaven," the unnarrated doc allows its subject to guide its progress, its camera winding through the cluttered aisles of the flea market and, eventually, on an evocative tour through the wreckage of the mall itself. On the way, the filmmakers capture some marvelously observed moments — an impromptu performance of the theme from "Doctor Zhivago" on a keyboard, a sullen portrait with the Easter Bunny — but the heart of the film ultimately lies in its interviews with the sellers. One has recruited her mother to assist her in selling pot paraphernalia; another matter-of-factly displays his wares, which consist mainly of Nazi and concentration camp memorabilia. The film takes all of these people in with scarcely a wink and nary a smirk, even when one vendor shares, apparently unprompted, the story of his encounter with Bigfoot.
"Fish Kill Flea" currently has no theatrical distribution.

"Everything’s Gone Green": Novelist Douglas Coupland‘s original screenplay debut treads into expected territory of 20-something malaise. It’s been over 15 years since Coupland’s first and still most significant cultural contribution, "Generation X," and his young characters are no longer hiding from society in the desert, they’re gamely slogging along in quirky jobs and trying to live happy, ethical lives. In Coupland’s view, the weight of material acquisitions makes that an impossibility, and likable lead Paulo Costanzo‘s character Ryan lands a job at the national lottery, where he learns this lesson by chronicling the initial exhilaration and eventual ruin met with by the winners — not that this stops him from cashing in when an opportunity to make some illicit extra dough comes around. "Everything’s Gone Green" introduces some new Coupland neologisms (a "seethrough" = a building of sleek condos owned by Asian investors who don’t live in them), but doesn’t offer the insights one would hope; the film has the feel of a mid-90s throwback, which is tough in a festival offering multiple and very up-to-date perspectives on young adult angst. It is, however, rampantly and refreshingly Canadian, and one of the few films we can think of in which Vancouver plays itself.
"Everything’s Gone Green" will be released by First Independent Pictures on April 20th.

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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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