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Odds: Alex Gibney on torture, Stephen King on – hey! – horror.

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07102008_taxitothedarkside.jpgAlex Gibney, whose Hunter S. Thompson doc “Gonzo” opened last week, writes about his last film, “Taxi to the Dark Side,” at the Guardian Film Blog: “If you torture people they will tell you anything, and that way you get what you want to know, regardless of whether it’s true or not. At first I rejected that idea. Now I believe it. We’ve entered Orwellian territory.”

Stephen King reasons why “most really good horror films are low-budget affairs with special effects cooked up in someone’s basement or garage” at Entertainment Weekly.

Kevin Maher interviews director Nicolas Roeg, writer Fay Weldon and her son and film producer Dan Weldon on the subject of their film “Puffball” at the London Times: “We have to show people that we’re all parts of the same story. We’ll all go off and enact our endings differently, but our lives are all part of the one plot. We have exactly the same beginning and exactly the same end. The middle bit is just how we get there. And I love that.”

Sean O’Neal at the Onion AV Club runs down the various “WALL-E” controversies, from “It promotes liberal fascism!” to “It’s too popular!”

And Ed Halter looks at found-footage cinema “from the silent era to Web 2.0” at Moving Image Source.

[Photo: “Taxi to the Dark Side,” ThinkFilm, 2008]

+ Behind the scenes of Taxi to the Dark Side (Guardian)
+ Horror Movies: Why Big Studio Releases Are Rare to Scare (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Combining sex and procreation with Fay Weldon’s Puffball (London Times)
+ Your guide to the WALL-E controversy (Onion AV Club)
+ Recycle It (Moving Image Source)

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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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