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Trailering: Gibney’s “Gonzo,” giallo gore, “God’s Puzzle.”

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06022008_gonzo.jpgForgive the week-long silence, I was catching up on a non-bloggish backlog, post-festival. Here’s a gander at what’s new, trailerwise:

“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson” is the third theatrical release in four years from prolific documentarian Alex Gibney, whose last film, “Taxi to the Dark Side,” won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. “Gonzo,” which opens July 4th, looks at, yes, the life and work of the inventor of gonzo journalism, a topic that’s probably a bit more audience friendly than “Taxi”‘s investigation of Geneva Conventions violations. The trailer’s here.

The trailer for Dario Argento’s new “The Mother of Tears” was released a few months ago, but for those in need of more before the film opens on Friday, has a clip showcasing some of its good old fashioned giallo gore right here. There’s something about a mouth-stabbing that gets me every time.

Like most red-banded trailers, the one for the Coen brothers’ “Burn After Reading” is, despite the label, mostly innocuous — that “rear entry” mention is clearly what merited the restricted rating, though it’s hardly as offensive as the inch-long dark roots Brad Pitt is sporting as a gym rat/would-be blackmailer. This film’s already staggering under the weight of “No Country” follow-up anticipation — by my calculations, there’s enough time between now and its scheduled premiere at the Venice Film Festival for a backlash and a backlash-backlash. Who wants to start? You can find the trailer here.

Finally, Twitch has a new trailer from another prolific filmmaker — Takashi Miike, whose latest film, “God’s Puzzle,” is a sci-fi romantic comedy about twins who “unlock the secrets of the universe and build one of their own” something something. It’s purported to be one of Miike’s most mainstream films yet, though it’s hard to tell from the abruptly edited spot, which you can watch here. The next scheduled Miike film to reach these shores is the psychedelic Western “Sukiyaki Western Django,” which is being trimmed down for a release in August.

[Photo: “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” Magnolia, 2008]

+ Exclusive Mother of Tears Clip! (
+ Trailer: Gonzo (Apple)
+ Burn After Reading (iTunes)
+ New Trailer For Takashi Miike’s Sci-Fi Romance GOD’S PUZZLE! (Twitch)

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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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