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“That’s like saying Americans are gangsters because they like Michael Corleone in The Godfather.”

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07312008_elitesquad.jpgQuotes from the interview circuit:

“That’s basically ridiculous. That’s like saying Americans are gangsters because they like Michael Corleone in The Godfather. We don’t take ourselves that seriously.”
         –José Padilha, director of “Elite Squad” (I’m filled with urge to follow that title up with sound effects — “Elite Squad: BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!”) on why the success of his film doesn’t indicate a nation-wide endorsement of vigilante justice, at the London Times.

“I’ve been noticing that a lot of young people today don’t want to grow up. Why is that? It’s because, in their eyes, society has stopped advancing.”
         –“Ghost in the Shell”‘s Mamoru Oshii on his new, bleakish film “The Sky Crawlers,” which will screen in competition at Venice this year, at the Daily Yomiuri.

“It’s more demanding for the viewer, but I’d become frustrated at sitting in a cinema and being able to predict the cuts back and forth between Meryl Streep and Mel Gibson… In fact I was very interested when the Dogme rules came out, supposedly against ‘manipulation’, because they seemed completely happy with the conventional editing of film, which seems to me the most manipulative technique of all.”
         –Alex Cox on plano secuencia at Film in Focus.

“Well, I don’t like to single out a film, mostly ‘cos I don’t want to embarrass any particular director or anyone else involved. You know, you simply do not set out to do a bad movie. And on top of that, ‘bad movie,’ well, it’s sort of really an opinion, isn’t it… I felt pretty self-conscious seeing myself in ‘George of the Jungle,’ in the loincloth and with the dialogue I had to say, and with the talking ape and everything.”
         –Brendan Fraser on why it’s better to regret something you have done than something you haven’t done, at the Japan Times.

“Huey Lewis and the News made music for my movie. It’s such a benchmark, I don’t know where to go professionally from here. I can’t think of anything cooler.”
         –David Gordon Green on Lewis’ “Pineapple Express” title song, at the LA Times.

[Photo: “Elite Squad,” IFC Films, 2007]

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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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