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“It’s been axiomatic that documentaries are incapable of presenting the entire truth since the Lumière brothers…”

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04232008_mywinnepeg.jpgAnother tour around the interview circuit:

“It’s been axiomatic that documentaries are incapable of presenting the entire truth since the Lumière brothers first pointed a camera at workers leaving a factory, then got them to leave all over again for a second take.”
       —Guy Maddin on the blurry line between doc and narrative at the Village Voice

“[C]ome on! Planet of the Apes? It was so below what we were doing!”
       —Dan Richter on playing the ape with the bone at the beginning of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” at New York

“That had one of the best martial-arts fight scenes I’ve ever seen. Astonishing. I bought it for that. Fight choreography? Yeah, what choreography? As action movies go, I don’t know how you could do better than that one.”
       —Lou Reed (who apparently finally tied the knot with Laurie Anderson) on “The Bourne Ultimatum,” at the Washington Post

“Since I’ve become a father my attitudes have changed. I see my son play around with something for hours. I try to do that now with cinema.”
       —Fatih Akin on “The Edge of Heaven” at the Sydney Morning Herald

“That month where I was smoking constantly, I thought it would be like when you catch a little kid smoking cigarettes, and you make him smoke a whole pack. I wake-and-bake on occasion, and I smoke almost every evening, but smoking day in and day out for 30 days, I thought by the end, I was going to be sick of it and that would be it. I’d either smoke pot rarely, or not at all. But Day 31, partway through the day, I lit up a joint.”
       —Doug Benson on his “‘Super Size Me’ with weed” doc “Super High Me” at the Onion AV Club

“I bet Woody went longer, because I think I was there from September to October. I only went to one class. I went to the movies on 42nd Street. It wasn’t NYU’s fault, I don’t blame them. I was out of my mind. I never went to class. Back then I was on LSD. Speed. Diet pills. I was up a lot. I had to see four movies a day; I couldn’t be going to class except to steal textbooks and then go sell them back so I had money to go to the movies.”
       —John Waters on whether he or Woody Allen attended NYU longer, at Details [via BoingBoing]

[Photo: “My Winnipeg,” IFC Films, 2007]

+ Talking With Winnipeg’s Remarkably Well-Adjusted Guy Maddin (Village Voice)
+ Dan Richter on Playing the Ape in ‘2001’, Life With John and Yoko (New York)
+ “I love to get out and see movies” (Washington Post)
+ Turkish delight (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ Doug Benson (Onion AV Club)
+ John Waters (Details)

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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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