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Ruminations on the worst.

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The results from 2007 Village Voice/LA Weekly Film Poll (which, having expanded the scope of its voting pool beyond alt-press, now echo those of indieWIRE’s quite closely) are up here — "There Will Be Blood," "No Country for Old Men" and "Zodiac" again top it out. J. Hoberman‘s reflections on the results are more interesting: writing on the "Worst Film" category, he claims that "the notion of a worst movie is far too vague": "Does ‘worst’ mean morally repugnant or technically inept? A truly bad movie is infinitely superior to the disposable mediocrities that pass through the multiplexes."

That said, I’m pleased to report that, garnering five votes, Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales tied The Bucket List as the year’s Worst Film. But, as the year’s Best Supporting Actress, Cate Blanchett, might have put it: You know something’s happening when Southland Tales also headed three critics’ lists as the year’s Best Film. Time constraints have made it impossible to calculate the 2007 poll’s Passiondex—my formula to measure the degree of ardor with which critics voted for particular movies—but my heart tells me that Southland Tales is the obvious winner. Here is a movie that some people love and others love to hate. That’s double passion! And that’s good. As Sarah Michelle Gellar’s socially aware porn queen warbles just before the world ends, "Teen horniness is not a crime—open your heart and your mind."

"Worst film" may be a uselessly personal designation, but we sure did enjoy reading the Onion AV Club‘s list of their sixteen picks worthy of that title. For us, the worst film of the year would probably be "Youth Without Youth" — there were undoubtedly films that were more painful to sit through, but none other from which we’d expected so much.

It’s also the time of year for the annual exercise in snark that is the S.T. VanAirsdale "Top 10 of Top 10 Lists" at The Reeler. Picks 6-10 are here and 1-5 are here; Stu notes that "Numbers one through five are also all newcomers here." Congratulations go to Ben Lyons of E!, whose dad must be proud, and who, it should be noted, actually prefers not to be billed as a critic, going instead with the more modest "film expert."

And one last year-end event: this year’s Slate Movie Club has kicked off, with Scott Foundas, Nathan Lee, Wesley Morris and Dana Stevens presiding.

+ 2007 Village Voice/LA Weekly Film Poll (Village Voice)
+ The 2007 Village Voice/LA Weekly Film Poll: There Will Be Consensus (Village Voice)
+ The Worst Films Of 2007 (Onion AV Club)
+ The Reeler’s Top 10 of Top 10 Lists of 2007 (The Reeler)
+ The Reeler’s Top 10 of Top 10 Lists of 2007, Part II (The Reeler)
+ The Movie Club (Slate)

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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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