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Critic wrangle: “My Winnipeg.”

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06132008_mywinnipeg.jpgGuy Maddin’s “docu-fantasia” “My Winnipeg,” about a town almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the Manitoban urban center in which he grew up, opens in theaters today. And the crowd goes wild! Or at least murmurs appreciatively. “Even though much of My Winnipeg is overtly ludicrous–from the corrupt judging of male beauty pageants in The Hudson’s Bay Company’s “Paddle Room” to Maddin’s memories of a locally produced TV series about an overly sensitive man who spends every episode out on a ledge, threatening to kill himself,” writes Noel Murray at the Onion AV Club, “the movie still touches on real feelings of loss and regret.” He concludes that it’s “perhaps his best film to date.” “My Winnipeg is Maddin’s best filmmaking since the not-dissimilar confessional bargain-basement phantasmagoria, Cowards Bend the Knee,” suggests J. Hoberman at the Village Voice.

“[E]ven though I suspect that some of its more outlandish assertions are at least partly grounded in fact, Mr. Maddin is engaged less in historical inquiry than in hallucinatory autobiography,” writes A.O. Scott at the New York Times. “[W]hatever its connection to the actual, transitory city, Mr. Maddin’s Winnipeg — ‘My Winnipeg’ — is as real as any work of art can be.” “By turns madcap and painfully nostalgic, it’s at heart a mournful fugue to origins, aging, and something like forgiveness, familial and civic,” claims Bill Weber at Slant.

For David Edelstein at New York, “My Winnipeg is overloaded and digressive–it comes with the territory–but it’s also grounded in a place, Maddin’s Manitoban hometown, and it’s painfully engrossing.” But for Andrew Tracy at Reverse Shot, the film is an (unwarranted, from my perspective) opportunity to write off Maddin’s entire output at “boutique cinema, frilly and clever enough to be momentarily diverting and content to be set aside when amusement begins to dwindle.”

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

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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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