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Odds: Monday – Uwe B.

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"What happens in this big social drama? No shoot-up?"
The New York Post‘s Reed Tucker gets a few words in with our favorite Uwe Boll, and hears about his plans to come out with what we hope is a neo-realist saga:

If it’s respect you want, why not make a prestige drama?

plan that. I have a movie about an old guy who fell through the social
net. I’ve developed it for a long time, and I have Donald Sutherland
interested. I’m trying to finance it for 2009, but I have to get
pre-sales, and my buyers, they like my action movies. They say, "What
happens in this big social drama? No shoot-up?" But I want to do it.

Documentarian and blogger AJ Schnack, an outspoken critic of the Academy’s often bewildering system of selecting nonfiction films to laud, has brought together a group of festival programmers and a sponsor, IndiePix, and launched a new nonfiction awards event — the Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. They’ll be announcing the nominees at Sundance, but meanwhile have unveiled a 15 film short list here, while at his blog Schnack writes that:

Three months ago, I could not have imagined that we’d be here, launching this endeavor.  I hope that, when we gather together in New York City in March, these awards will be the beginning of an annual event that has real meaning within our community, a time when we honor one another and everyone who plays a role in the artistry of nonfiction filmmaking.  For at least this one night, we will turn to one another not as journalists, not as agents of social justice, but as filmmakers, artists and craftspeople.

Elizabeth Day at the Observer asks the annual question: Has Sundance lost its soul? It’s not difficult to argue yes, yet somehow this article is notably hard to sympathize with, with its complaints about how the filmmakers are given free ski suits, and its quotes from Peter Biskind about how you have to take buses everywhere, and how the parties are so hard to get into.

And Dennis Lim at the New York Times has a great piece on the sound design and minimal score (which adds up to only 16 minutes, including the final credits) of "No Country For Old Men."

+ The Birth of a New Award for Nonfiction (All These Wonderful Things)
+ Has Sundance lost its soul? (Observer)
+ Exploiting Sound, Exploring Silence (NY Times)

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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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