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Critic wrangle: “Fierce People.”

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"Yes, they have more money."
"Fierce People," like "Romance & Cigarettes," is an actor-turned-director project that’s been drifting in limbo for two years. Here, the helmer is Griffin Dunne, who behind the camera has turned out mostly forgettable fare like "Practical Magic" and in-jokey indie mockumentary "Lisa Picard Is Famous." In "Fierce People," he’s adapting a novel by Dirk Wittenborn (who also wrote the screenplay) about a young man (Anton Yelchin) who moves with his coke-addicted masseuse mother (Diane Lane) to the estate of an aging billionaire (Donald Sutherland). And, as it turns out, there’s something to that "marketing challenge" that director Dunne has spoken of in interviews about the films; as Jeff Reichert at indieWIRE spoilerishly puts it, "It’s rare that a film as initially unfocused and scattershot as Griffin Dunne’s mock-ethnographic ‘Fierce People’ would halfway redeem itself through the introduction of an anal rape/revenge narrative–but here we have it." He deems the film "generally watchable" despite his dislike of the anthropological thematic heavy-handedness. Nick Schager at Slant has a similar complaint, writing that the film "is structured around the type of analogy that makes one pine for total sensory failure, a desire amplified by the filmmakers’ clear self-satisfaction with what they believe to be a clever narrative conceit."  Scott Foundas at the Village Voice calls the film "hopelessly reductive," while Stephen Holden at the New York Times, who kicks off his review with a Fitzgerald quote that should be put to rest for a century or so to recover from overuse, finds the anthropology conceit "intriguing," though "laboriously overworked," and Yelchin’s character "problematic… A little of his whiny voice musing out loud in a too-deliberate tone goes a long way."

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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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