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Life’s like a movie – political edition.

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09032008_snakesonaplane.jpg“McCain’s situation really does mirror Snakes On A Plane,” posits David Poland at the Hot Blog, who goes on to present a bizarre and elaborate box office metaphor that I don’t buy, but enjoyed anyway: “But then… it turns out that the only movie opening against it is a Denzel Washington movie. Yeah, he’s a movie star and everyone seems to love him, but there also seems to be a glass ceiling when it comes to his grosses.”

Over at pullquote, the cinetrix sees some Palin movie parallels: “The patriotic, pro-life, pro-gun, pageant vet Alaskan governor shares DNA with the Leeman ladies from 1999 mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous.” U.S.A. is a-okay, y’all.

On the flipside, Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Jenny Lumet, at Venice, tried to add some post-premiere political significance to their seemingly apolitical family drama “Rachel Getting Married” (which I only just noticed also stars TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe as the title character’s fiancé). From the Hollywood Reporter:

Asked for her opinion about whether the struggles of the family in the film could be seen as a metaphor for something larger, Lumet said she agreed with that interpretation.

“This aspect didn’t occur to me until just now, but, yes, I think it’s a story about a family trying to pull itself together and heal,” Lumet said. “I think that’s what our country may be going through with this presidential election.”

And Alan Ball‘s over at Salon discussing the nifty fluidity of the vampire metaphor of his new series “True Blood,” which, for him, could also have a political read: “[Y]ou can see them as a metaphor for gays and lesbians. Or you can see them as a metaphor for the Bush administration. I think that’s kind of fun.”

[Photo: “Snakes on a Plane,” New Line, 2006]

+ Snakes On McCain (The Hot Blog)
+ Jesus loves winners (Pullquote)
+ ‘Rachel’ players draw parallels to election (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Vampires that don’t suck (Salon)

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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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