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Glancing through Toronto.

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"Not being like everyone else."
The problem with Toronto, beside the fact that we don’t get to go, is that its films and coverage blend in and overlap with that of Venice, Telluride, New York and the general fall season. Not that there isn’t plenty happening there; a few quick links:

Roger Ebert, clearly thrilled to be back out and watching movies, loves "Juno," the second film from "Thank You For Smoking"‘s Jason Reitman: "the dialogue is so quick and funny you feel the actors are performing it on a high-wire."

Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune gives the praise to the film’s star, Ellen Page. Otherwise, he’s underwhelmed by two of the bigger, glossier titles to screen:

Sunday morning one of the p.p.’s (prestige pictures) was screened for the first time: "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," in which Cate Blanchett revisits the role of the Virgin Queen and makes eyes in the direction of Clive Owen’s Walter Raleigh, of cape-and-mud-puddle fame. It is a highly overwrought historical epic, as is Ang Lee’s curiously static World War II Shanghai-set "Lust, Caution," the latest example of the Motion Picture Association of America’s insanity when it comes to ratings. It should have gotten an R, but "Lust, Caution" has received an NC-17 for three fairly explicit encounters between a young revolutionary (Tang Wei) and her target, a collaborationist flunky (Tony Leung). Otherwise, the caution is overwhelming.

Michael Lerman at indieWIRE finds the Midnight Madness line-up mixed. Of Takashi Miike’s "Sukiyaki Western Django," he writes that the film "fails miserably at keeping the film up to speed." George Romero’s "Diary of the Dead," on the other hand, successfully toggles between being "uproariously crowd-pleasing with its cast of characters and range of deaths and painfully heavy handed with lots of meandering on its mock doc style"; Dario Argento’s "The Mother of Tears" is "what seems like a conscious effort to poke fun at the b-cinema that was being shot while he was making a name for himself… Argento provides the audience with a nearly incomprehensible plot that is secondary to hilarious tropes of cheap filmmaking."

Wesley Morris at the Boston Globe is particularly fond of Nina Davenport’s "Operation Filmmaker."

Eric Kohn at The Reeler checks in with Werner Herzog, there with his Antarctica documentary "Encounters at the End of the World": "I have to say that, for the first time in my life as a filmmaker, I was scared, because I had no idea who I was going to meet. There was no scouting. There was no preparation for it, because you only go to Antarctica under special circumstances. I went there to come home with a movie."

Joe Friesen at the Globe and Mail talks to Guy Maddin about his "docu-fantasia" about his home town, "My Winnipeg": "I think it would be hilarious to hold captive a very large audience in a world capital abroad to see a travelogue on Winnipeg… There are so many things specific to Winnipeg in it, but I hope that it’s so specific that it’s universal – that people will begin to see their own hometown materialize before their eyes in Winnipeg."

And Peter Howell at the Toronto Star interviews Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire and Roy Dupuis, the actor who plays him in "Shake Hands With the Devil," the narrative adaptation of Dallaire book of the same name, itself recently made into a documentary.

+ Toronto #5: Great performances, strong stories (
+ Young Canadian actress captures filmgoers’ hearts (Chicago Tribune)
+ Midnight Madness Mixed, With Duds "Sukiyaki," "Frontier(s)," Standouts "Dainipponjin" and "Inside" (indieWIRE)
+ The Iraq war, testy teenagers take Toronto (Boston Globe)
+ Herzog on Ice (The Reeler)
+ His own private Winnipeg (Globe and Mail)
+ Two vs. the devil (Toronto Star)

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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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