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By Matt Singer

IFC News

[Photo: Michael Pitt and Steve Buscemi in “Delirious,” Peace Arch Releasing, 2007]

In “Delirious,” stars Michael Pitt and Steve Buscemi explore the mystique of the pop culture icon. It’s a subject both actors have tackled before: Pitt as Gus Van Sant’s version of Kurt Cobain in his beautiful “Last Days,” and Buscemi very recently in his film “Interview” with Sienna Miller. These talented men are well within their comfort zone and, working from a script from director Tom DiCillo, they don’t give us a great deal we haven’t seen from them before.

Buscemi plays Les Galantine, a slimy, low-level paparazzi eking out a paltry existence shooting pictures of celebrities like K’Harma (Alison Lohman). Les, in other words, is a bottom-feeder, and the secret to living with yourself when you are a bottom-feeder is convincing yourself you’re not one. To do that, Les needs to find someone even worse off than he is, which is where Pitt comes in. Recycling his air of druggy confusion and seemingly his entire wardrobe from “Last Days,” he plays Toby, a homeless New Yorker, who hooks up with Les and becomes his assistant.

In exchange for his unpaid services, Les shows Toby the ropes of the publicity game. The funniest material comes from these scenes, one of which features Les giving a contact free shots at their charity (“Soap Stars Against STDs”) benefit in order to get all the free food and goodie bags he can carry.

DiCillo’s movie is stridently anti celebrity culture but it’s a bit too broad; Les and Toby spend a lot of time following around one star getting cosmetic surgery on his wang, while Lohman’s Britney Hilton, who spends almost all of her screen time wearing nothing but a bra, makes airheaded proclamations like “I want to make a fragrance.” It’s worth a couple smirks but not many laughs. You can find more insightful swipes and bigger chuckles at idiot stars’ expense every week on “The Soup.”

The “shocking” twist that kicks off the third act is certainly unexpected, but it’s also totally unbelievable. Pitt’s a convincing hobo, but maybe too convincing; he dumpster dives with such incredible conviction that you can’t help but become concerned for his mental and physical health. And Buscemi’s attempts to turn Les into Travis Bickle (he even arms himself with a metaphorical camera gun) look like just that: one actor borrowing another’s shtick.

“Delirious” opens in limited release on August 15th (official site).

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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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