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What to Watch on IFC in January 2009

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310x229_confidence.jpgHow is it already 2009? It seems the entire year was shorter than “The Hottie and the Nottie”‘s run at the box office. Okay, no dwelling. Rather, IFC is ringing in the new year with some of the finest filmmaking indies have to offer in the form of ruthless, lowdown and dirty criminals. Beginning at 7:30AM Eastern/Pacific on January 1st, we’re rolling out the big guns with “Confidence,” featuring Dustin Hoffman, über hottie Rachel Weisz and Ed Burns as a conman looking to pull off his biggest heist yet. Then, check out the consummate Coen brothers gangster film “Miller’s Crossing” as well as “State of Grace,” featuring a stellar performance from Sean Penn. Plus, if you haven’t seen Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” yet, go!…right after watching him in “The Pope of Greenwich Village,” airing on IFC New Year’s Day. Also wreaking havoc: Quentin Tarantino’s cult hit “Reservoir Dogs,” and rapper DMX in “Never Die Alone.”

americanpsycho.jpgIf you think the holiday events are over come January 1st, don’t miss your chance to attend our Winter Kills Party. This unmissable gala includes IFC’s premiere of “American Psycho,” featuring Christian Bale as a disturbed yuppie who commits freakish acts of violence, and spawned some of the most infamous scenes in indie film. Other attendees include “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” horror classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”and “Coffin Joe: Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures.” Strange, indeed. You’re invited January 29th, 8PM Eastern/Pacific sharp. Don’t be late; you really, really don’t want to upset the hosts.

And, it’s what you’ve been waiting for: an all new season of “The Whitest Kids U’ Know.” Ye-essssss! The comedy troupe returns with new sketches, new antics but they’re still the same ole’ white kids. Catch them in the Automat every Tuesday beginning January 27th at 10PM Eastern/Pacific.


  • AMERICAN PSYCHO Batman wasn’t the first role in which Christian Bale played someone leading a double life. In this film, he created an iconic character in Patrick Bateman — a crazed, psychopathic killer by night/wealthy businessman by day. Cast also features Reese Witherspoon, Chlöe Sevigny and Jared Leto. Premieres Wednesday, January 14th @ 8PM Eastern/Pacific.
  • BULLET After his release from prison, Butch “Bullet” Stein takes to his old habits of drugs and crime, but not without consequences. “Bullet” is another film this month you can catch featuring Mickey Rourke, alongside Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and the late Tupac Shakur. Premieres Monday, January 26th @ Midnight.
  • VENUS Two aging actors fearful for the end of their careers and lives meet a young twenty-something beauty who changes the shape of things. Legendary actor Peter O’Toole stars. Premieres Monday, January 26th @ 6:30PM Eastern/Pacific.
  • WASSUP ROCKERS Larry Clark (“Kids”, “Bully”) taps into the teen lifestyle once again with this film about a group of skaters from South Central who head to Hollywood and stir up trouble after hanging with local rich girls. Premieres Monday, January 5th @ 8PM Eastern/Pacific.
  • FLAKES Indie darling Zooey Deschanel stars in this flick about restaurant owners that specialize in serving cereal to a resident hip crowd, and find themselves pitted against a business that steals their concept. Premieres Friday, January 23rd @ 6:30PM Eastern/Pacific.
  • DUANE HOPWOOD A divorced father tries to get his life back together after running into trouble because of his problem with substance abuse. Featuring David Schwimmer and Jeanine Garofalo. Premieres Thursday, January 15th @ 6:30PM Eastern/Pacific.
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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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