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What’s Up in May

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: Playing in Manhattan and Queens this month, Lee Marvin in “The Big Red One,” United Artists, 1980]

The Best of Buster Keaton

May 6 — Jun. 1

The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in DC honors one of the greatest screen comedians with this month-long retrospective of the funniest Buster Keaton films ever made. Highlights include “Our Hospitality” and “The General.” Each screening will be shown with piano accompaniment.

“Wild at Heart”: Barry Gifford

May 8

Writer Barry Gifford will be on hand at Brooklyn’s BAM for a Q&A after screening of the quintessential David Lynch film, 1990’s “Wild at Heart,” which he wrote. Gifford will also be available after the screening to sign copies of his new novel “Memories of a Sinking Ship.”

Lee Marvin: The Coolest Lethal Weapon

May 11 — 24

Legendary badass Lee Marvin receives a long overdue retrospective courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. From “The Killers” to “The Big Heat,” Marvin proved to be one of cinema’s greatest villainous actors. Marvin also showed that he’s got some pretty strong pipes in “Paint Your Wagon,” which will also be screened.

Sam Fuller

May 12 — Jun 10

The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens presents this retrospective of the works of tough-talking, cigar-chomping cult director Sam Fuller, one of the most well-known directors of war films. Highlights include the recent restoration of 1980s “The Big Red One,” the classic noir “Pickup on South Street” and a screening of Fuller’s first directorial effort, 1951’s “The Steel Helmet.”

Cannes Film Festival

May 16 — 28

One of the most prestigious (if not the most prestigious) international film festivals descends upon the moderately-sized French city of Cannes. This year’s film festival will include “The Age of Darkness” from Canada’s Denys Arcand, the indie “Paranoid Park” from Gus Van Sant, and Wong Kar Wai’s English language debut “My Blueberry Nights,” which will, hopefully, be ready for its premiere.

Herzog (Non)Fiction

May 18 — Jun 7

The Film Forum in New York City presents this retrospective on the nonfiction works of noted auteur and eclectic filmmaker Werner Herzog. Noteworthy screenings include the Kuwait-based doc “Lessons of Darkness,” 1997’s “Little Dieter Needs to Fly” (which inspired “Rescue Dawn,” Herzog’s soon-to-be-released fiction film), and “Grizzly Man.”

A Centennial Salute to John Wayne

May 24

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills honors iconic star John Wayne on the occasion of his 100th birthday with a theatrical premiere of a new restoration of 1954’s “The High and the Mighty,” which Wayne co-produced and stars in. The film is the story of an experienced but burned-out airline pilot who must save the day when his plane’s engine fails on a flight from Hawaii to San Francisco.

Seattle International Film Festival

May 24 — Jun 17

Purportedly known as the largest film festival in the world, this three-week festival returns to the city of Starbucks and grunge on May 24th. This year’s festival promises to host a diverse lineup of independent, foreign, and documentary films; the official lineup will be released on May 10th at the festival’s official website.

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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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