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Odds: Doc to power, sexist Lane, nuking the fridge.

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06042008_noendinsight.jpgThe most interesting article amongst the ones from the new issue of Cineaste now up online is actually from the editors. The editorial, which I appreciate for its don’t-stop-believin’ sentiments but don’t entirely buy, is entitled “Speaking Documentary Truth to Power,” and argues that despite audiences’ Iraqdoc fatigue, “political documentaries do get the attention of the powers that be”:

We should therefore take hope from the fact that, as much as politicians in office try to hide it, distort it, or avoid dealing with it altogether, they cannot fail to recognize the truth, especially when documentary filmmakers so powerfully and persuasively speak it to the powers that be as well as an increasingly angry and concerned electorate.

Elsewhere, New York‘s Vulture blog responds to online clamor that Anthony Lane’s review of “Intercourse and the Municipality” is sexist.

Peter Sciretta at /Film offers an “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”-inspired update of “jump the shark.” Meet “nuke the fridge.” From Urban Dictionary:

The term comes from the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which, near the start of the movie, Harrison Ford’s character survives a nuclear detonation by climbing into a kitchen fridge, which is then blown hundreds of feet through the sky whilst the town disintegrates. He then emerges from the fridge with no apparent injury. Later in the movie, the audience is expected to fear for his safety in a normal fistfight.

Robert Sanchez at IESB reports that, despite all of the Edward Norton noise, Zak Penn will receive sole writing credit for “The Incredible Hulk.”

Recall Roger Ebert’s strange insistence that Alex Proyas’ 1998 film “Dark City” was a masterpiece, and realize that ten years have passed, and the pattern is repeating itself with Tarsem’s “The Fall,” which, Ebert writes before adoringly interviewing the director, “will be on my list of the year’s best films, and is setting box office records on the art house circuit.”

And from the Hollywood Reporter, Showtime has picked up “Tara,” the Diablo Cody-scripted comedy series that “stars Toni Collette as a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder. John Corbett co-stars as her husband.”

[Photo: Iraqdoc “No End in Sight,” Magnolia Pictures, 2007]

+ Speaking Documentary Truth to Power (Cineaste)
+ Is Anthony Lane’s ‘SATC’ Review Really Sexist? (New York)
+ Is “Nuke the Fridge” the New “Jump the Shark”? (/Film)
+ Zak Penn Receives Sole Writing Credit on THE INCREDIBLE HULK (IESB)
+ Tarsem and the legend of “The Fall” (
+ Showtime picks up ‘Tara’ (Hollywood Reporter)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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