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Odds: Wednesday – Hard ‘core.

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The point we wish Alicia Van Couvering had delved deeper into in her Filmmaker Magazine feature on the movement that may or may not be known as mumblecore?

“If it’s going to be called a movement,” says Swanberg, “it’s important to stress that it’s not exclusive.” Adds Duplass, “It’s not like Dogme 95 or something, with a leader and rules.” In fact, while Rohal, Russo-Young and Tully might have worked as actors in Swanberg and Katz’s naturalistic films, so far their own directing styles are all very different. For instance, says Swanberg, “Ry’s movie Orphans is small, it’s about young people, but it’s very stylized and totally her own vision. Todd Rohal definitely has his own vision. Ti West [The Roost] is doing horror….Every festival some new cool person appears.”

So why does everyone insist on forcing this into a film movement? The filmmakers being looped into it really don’t have that much in common stylistically; that they (for the most part) use DV and collaborate with each other is more a means to making a film on the cheap and free from outside control than evidence of a movement.

Sight & Sound likes "300."

At Hot Docs, producer John Smithson (of "Touching the Void" and others) advises the crowd of docmakers to tone it down. From Tamsen Tillson at Variety:

"I think we’re overdoing theatrical docs," he said. "There are too many of them around, and the quality of them is slipping."

of the documentaries released on the bigscreen today, he said, aren’t
good enough to merit even a commission for television.

He also
pointed out that although the quantity of theatrical docs has
mushroomed since "Touching the Void," the lone B.O. successes in the
U.K. have been "March of the Penguins" and "An Inconvenient Truth."

"I’m just not sure if the appetite is there," he said.

A trailer for Peter Chan‘s "The Warlords" is here (link via Twitch). Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro… and yet, these pricey Chinese historical epics are beginning to totally blend together for us.

At Premiere, Glenn Kenny talks to the brothers Quay, and actually separates them out into Stephen and Tim, an unheard-of feat of interviewer strength! But just try that on the phone.

Back at Variety, Alison James reports that Ian Curtis biopic "Control" will open the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight sidebar — the film will mark music video hotness Anton Corbijn‘s directorial debut. At the party, James writes, "Bono and members of New Order and Depeche Mode will be among guests — and may even perform." 

+ WHAT I MEANT TO SAY (Filmmaker Magazine)
+ Southern Death Cult (Sight & Sound)
+ Harsh lesson for Hot Docs delegates (Variety)
+ Peter Chan’s The Warlords Trailer leaked Online (Twitch)
+ The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Brothers Quay (Premiere)
+ Cannes plans Curtis bash (Variety)

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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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