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“Rescue Dawn.”

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"Because for me, this pilot was this all-mighty being from the clouds."
We saw "Rescue Dawn" exactly six months ago (before MGM affixed it with its current winking — or just hopeless — Independence Day theatrical release date) and it’s too hazy in our mind now to give it any kind of thorough review. Still, we wanted to take a moment to salute Werner Herzog‘s supposed venture into the mainstream, which is as quietly weird and as unapologetically Herzogian as anything the director has turned out before. Many of the film’s details are recreated with remarkable precision from the stories recounted by Dieter Dengler in "Little Dieter Needs to Fly," but while in the doc you sense Herzog’s will shaping his subject into the one he wanted, in "Rescue Dawn" everything is his to define from the start, and the film ultimately takes on the strange dreamlike beauty of the shots of bombs exploding in luxurious slow motion across the Southeast Asian countryside, an image shared by both films. Dengler’s irrepressible optimism, as embodied by Christian Bale, seems initially to be almost a put-on, though as it bears up, unfaltering, through torture, imprisonment and starvation, you start to realize, as do his fellow prisoners of war, that there’s an admirable edge of madness to it. If this is indeed Herzog’s jingoistic moment, as some have chided, then we’d hate to see what his idea of criticism would look like. Dengler, Herzog’s own version of an all-American (German-born) hero, can’t possible compete at the box office with the likes of "Live Free or Die Hard," but John McClane wishes he could get an ending as great as the one in "Rescue Dawn," the best all-my-friends-are-here scene since "Inland Empire."

"Rescue Dawn" open in New York and L.A. on July 4th.

+ "Rescue Dawn" (MGM)

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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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