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Elvis Mitchell’s life is more interesting than yours.

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08052008_elvismitchell.jpgFrom the Detroit Free Press:

Nationally known film critic Elvis Mitchell is trying to get back nearly $12,000 he carried in a cigar box through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

Mitchell was entering Detroit in a cab from Windsor on April 26 when a luggage search turned up $11,817 in U.S. currency and 15 Cuban cigars, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The agency wants to keep the cash because Mitchell didn’t declare it in Detroit or three days earlier when he flew to Toronto from New York. Anyone carrying more than $10,000 outside the country or into the United States must report it.

Mitchell said he grabbed the wrong box when he left home in New York and was too embarrassed to disclose the money.

“An awful and dumb situation,” Mitchell said Monday.

Also on the critic front: David Elliott, former critic at the San Diego Union, and before that the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News, is interviewed at San Diego Magazine (tip of the hat to Movie City News):

Criticism is personal journalism so people respond personally. Only a fool would try to be “a cross-section of the American public,” which is what Charlie Kane called his second wife. Your taste can really tick some people off. One woman raged that I was unpatriotic because I panned For the Boys, Bette Midler’s awful soaper. When I praised Casino, someone said I was endorsing gambling. My dislike of Forrest Gump churned up quite a few people. But I give thanks to many loyal and also demanding readers … Movies are a cafeteria. If you can’t fill your tray with many forms of stimulation, you should be in the little diner that only serves your private menu. I may be the only American reviewer who was moved by the corny but astonishing Titanic, and yet also admired the Portuguese nightmare vision about a gay cruiser, O Fantasma. Now there’s a double bill.

[Photo: Elvis Mitchell, from “The Black List: Volume One,” HBO, 2008]

+ Film critic wants confiscated cash back; agency fights it (Detroit Free Press)
+ David Elliott Reflects (San Diego Magazine)

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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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