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Dark Knight, redux.

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07212008_thedarkknight.jpgI’m still haven’t seen “The Dark Knight,” which recent reporting indicates made approximately $7.3 jillion this past weekend, but I almost don’t feel the need to when there’s been enough coverage and analysis of the film, its director and its talented, deceased star to equal a dozen volumes of “Crime and Punishment.” Some that have caught my eye:

Esquire is rerunning Lisa Taddeo‘s bizarre and somewhat grotesque piece of professional fan fiction that pulls together details from and speculation on the last days of Heath Ledger. Fortunately, they also have Mike D’Angelo on Christopher Nolan:

The thing about Christopher Nolan (who’s as much British as American — but sue me, so was Hitchcock) is that he doesn’t clonk you over the head with his genius. While he’s become more visually sophisticated over the course of his short career, he still has no use for the look-at-me camera moves. Nor does he seem to care whether people notice that his clever, gimmicky narratives conceal deep and unsettling questions about human nature. Nolan’s films are casually profound — like watching somebody bunt the ball out of the park.

Bill Gibron at PopMatters writes that “it turns out that Batman’s biggest enemy – and by indirect linkage, the biggest bane of fanboy existence – are the 12 journalists (and holding) who gave The Dark Knight a bad review.” He goes on to tie those much-abused critics to the recent commenter debate. Meanwhile, Choire Sicha at Radar goes beyond parody into uncharted territory in his review, and Reverse Shot‘s robbiefreeling brings the pain:

When asked about the success of the latest film in the franchise which transformed him from a mediocre, strictly technical indie actor to a mediocre, strictly technical Hollywood star, reclusive Christian Bale responded in a gruff, gravely, very masculine voice not unlike that of the muppet Dr. Teeth, “I think moviegoers were just really hungry for something that would challenge their preconceived notions of good and evil, right and wrong, all that stuff; but they prefer to have that message delivered by a comic book superhero that they’ve admired since they were children.”

Jeff Dawson at the London Times asks “Holy terror! Has the new Batman flick plundered its plot from 9/11?” Elsewhere, Dave Kehr wonders “Is the Dark Knight just George Bush with a better outfit, demanding that he be allowed all of the available ‘tools’ to combat terrorism, even if they include torture and eavesdropping?”

[Photo: “The Dark Knight,” Warner Bros. Pictures, 2008]

+ The Last Days of Heath Ledger (Esquire)
+ Is Christopher Nolan the Greatest Director Alive? (Esquire)
+ Gotham’s Most Wanted (PopMatters)
+ The Dark Knight Rocks So Hard, OMG (Radar)
+ In the Absence of Serious American Drama, A New Movie About Batman Captures the Heart of a Nation (Reverse Shot)
+ Has the new Batman plundered its plot from 9/11? (London Times)
+ The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008) (

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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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