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Who’s not there?

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"Live your own time, child, sing about your own time."
Todd Haynes"I’m Not There" has now screened at Venice and at Telluride, where "festival-goers have been buzzing about, and debating, Haynes’ innovative, exhilarating look at the life of an American icon," reports Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE. In the end, there was never any doubt that Haynes’ kaleidoscopic, experimental look at the life of Bob Dylan would be interesting; the early reviews all allow that, while generally musing that it’s going to be a tough sell.

Ray Bennett at the Hollywood Reporter writes that "the film fits well with [Dylan’s] singular ability to reinvent himself while really putting us nowhere nearer to fully understanding the man," but also that "it’s difficult to see who the prime audience will be for the picture… It’s a curiosity that could delight or turn off loyal Dylan fans and may prove too oddball to draw in younger and mainstream audiences." Todd McCarthy at Variety notes that Dylan fans will have the most fun dissecting how Haynes has chosen to represent the musician’s life, but that "all of this will serve to inflate the film’s significance by ignoring its lack of more general accessibility. In the end, it’s a specialists’ event."

Lee Marshall at Screen Daily finds that "I’m Not There feels more like a thoughtful, probing, documentary told in fictional format. But this is also the film’s major drawback: it keeps teasing us with what Dylan actually did, or said, or sang, and then retreating back into its fictional shell." And David Gritten at the Telegraph "for those of us who love Dylan from afar (easily the best vantage point) this is a wild, joyous, exhilarating roller-coaster ride of a movie. It ties up no loose ends, but lets him stand as a brilliant, evasive enigma. I cannot say I understand Dylan one bit better – and there’s no higher praise for the film than that."

The safe bet seems to be that the film will be netting Cate Blanchett at least a supporting actress Oscar nomination — as McCarthy notes, she "can now rightly claim to be the only thesp on Earth ever to have been
asked to channel both Bob Dylan and Katharine Hepburn, and to have done
so successfully." Richard Gere, however, has apparently gotten the short end of the stick with the "Billy" western section.

+ Haynes’ Dylan Stories Stir Telluride; "Band’s Visit" Makes Politics Personal (indieWIRE)
+ I’m Not There (Hollywood Reporter)
+ I’m Not There (Variety)
+ I’m Not There (Screen Daily)
+ Venice Film Festival reviews: ‘I’m Not There’, ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ and ‘The Hunting Party’ (Telegraph)

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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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