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Duality, Dubya, “The Dark Knight” (again).

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07292008_thedarkknight.jpgAccording to /Film, IMDb was hacked last night, leaving “The Dark Knight” briefly but oh so metaphorically displayed as both the #1 best and worst film of all time. Good and evil! Heroes and villains! Batman is Bush! He isn’t! You complete me! This comes after speculation from the same site that fans of the film have been deliberately voting down former champ “The Godfather” in order to boost “The Dark Knight” to the top of the charts, providing reassurance that no matter how many hours you lose to hangovers and “Law & Order” marathons, there will always be others out there doing far sillier things with their time.

But, since we’re on the Man Bat, Dennis Lim at Slate has a great video slide show on the evolution of the fight scene and how it is shot and edited, inspired by “The Dark Knight”‘s debatedly murky combat sequences.

And, quickly, elsewhere in the continuing turmoil:

Our own Michael Atkinson writes at his blog Zero for Conduct on the trouble with the superhero movie in general and “The Dark Knight” in particular:

The Dark Knight epitomizes the problem specifically not by simply being a Caped Crusader trifle masquerading as Paradise Lost, but because it failed to do the simplest things movies have always done: tell a fucking story. The film is quite literally one violent set-piece followed by a 20-second snatch of exposition, to explain what significance the set-piece is supposed to have, repeated again and again and again, for over 2.5 interminable hours.

“There seems to me no question that the Batman film ‘The Dark Knight,’ currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war,” attempts Andrew Klavan at the Wall Street Journal. Cough.

Scott Timberg at the LA Times delves into the current breakdown of the divide between high culture/low culture hierarchies, while Pamela McClintock Variety put a different and more insulting spin on a similar idea, writing that “film critics have a reputation for championing difficult and obscure pics and turning up their noses at populist fare,” but that this summer (yay!) they “seem to be getting more in touch with the public.” She still warningly concludes that “The debate in Hollywood will probably never end regarding critics, and how much they really matter. One thing’s for sure — seeing their reviews in actual print may get more and more difficult.”

New York‘s Vulture blog offers a handy pie chart of reasons why you might not have gotten around to seeing the film yet.

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

+ IMDB Hacked? The Dark Knight Now Worst Movie of All Time?! (/Film)
+ IMDb Watch: Are Dark Knight Fanboys Burying The Godfather? (/Film)
+ Let’s Step Outside (Slate)
+ Throwing Down (Zero for Conduct)
+ What Bush and Batman Have in Common (Wall Street Journal)
+ High culture meets low culture in a mass-media world (LA Times)
+ Critics get in summer spirit (Variety)
+ Why Haven’t YOU Seen ‘The Dark Knight’ Yet? (New York)

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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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