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Critic wrangle: “2 Days in Paris.”

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"I'm a huge Val Kilmer fan."
Julie Delpy takes on her near iconic role as Celine in Linklater’s "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" in "2 Days in Paris," which she wrote, directed and stars in. Takes on, or perhaps shreds to bits in playing Marion, the temperamental French half of a New York couple at the tail end of a rough European vacation — Adam Goldberg plays Jack, her neurotic boyfriend. "You won’t get a sense, right away, of how borderline-crazy ‘2 Days in Paris’ is going to get from its first few minutes. Which are frankly pretty irritating," writes Andrew O’Hehir at Salon. The crazy half is what works for him, and he enjoys the way that  "Jack is a painfully ignorant and arrogant American, who doesn’t speak a
single word of French, but then the natives turn out to be just as
weird and sex-crazed as advertised." Anthony Lane at the New Yorker is less benign in his questioning of the film’s sanity, observing that "this is not a vanity project. It is an insanity project," and pointing out "There is an extra rawness here, a determination to confront and annoy."

David Edelstein at New York is not alone in comparing Marion to Diane Keaton in "Annie Hall"; he would have preferred that Goldberg "kept more in reserve; he’s so easy to read that you get everything you’re going to in the first five minutes," but admits to being surprised in a few scenes by Delpy. (Similar thoughts from Owen Gleiberman at Entertainment Weekly, who wished Goldberg "took a few more breaks from acting like a smug hypochondriacal jerk.") Dana Stevens at Slate is also surprised; going in with dire expectations, she writes that the fact that the film is "occasionally insightful and hilarious is a treat," though she points out a general lack of structure.

Stephen Holden at the New York Times finds that "Ms. Delpy’s examination of modern love among the almost young and still restless is bracingly hard-headed," though he cautions that "Audacious as it is, the movie is also a little scary." Tasha Robinson at the Onion AV Club similarly admires the way the actors’ exchanges are "fit to keep viewers squirming with alternate waves of sympathy and disgust," while Nick Schager at Slant muses that the "battle-of-the-sexes’ fixation on castration…turns 2 Days in Paris into something of a male nightmare, and makes one wonder if Delpy isn’t unconsciously working through some residual, latent anger at Before Sunset co-star Ethan Hawke." And Jim Ridley at the Village Voice sums the film up as "an alternate universe to  Sunrise/Sunset’s poignant roundelay. Where Linklater elided the relationship, writer-director-star Delpy skips the prelude."

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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