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The 25 Biggest Sundance One-Hit Wonders

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sundance_onehit-intro.jpgThe indie cinema Cinderella story goes like this: Your film gets into Sundance, and not just in — it gets noticed. Before it’s even had its premiere, it’s being talked about. And then it does play, and everyone loves it: endless applause, great reviews, and standing in line for coffee you overhear the people saying “That movie? Oh, I’ve heard it’s really good.” This, my friend, is the famous Sundance buzz, and before you know it, distributors are jostling for your attention. You’re the toast of the town, you win a prize, and you leave with a deal, a sizable check in your pocket and assurances that your film with be in theaters everywhere in a few months. You, my friend, are going somewhere!

Well, maybe. Sundance, which is famous for making careers, is almost as famous for its bubble effect. Caught up in the giddiness of the festival, woozy from the altitude, industry members, journalists and other festival-goers go gaga over titles that, in the harsh light of post-Park City life, often don’t look nearly as promising as they did at their Egyptian Theatre premiere. The biggest Sundance acquisitions can turn out to be the biggest bombs, while even wild successes don’t always portend a solid career to follow — yesterday’s standing ovation can easily become today’s TV gun-for-hire still struggling to get a second film off the ground.

The 2009 Sundance Film Festival starts today, and so, in honor of its hothouse effect, and the have teamed up to present the 25 films that set Park City on fire, only to lead to nothing further of note from the filmmaker. Check it out:

[Home]     [#21-25]     [#16-20]     [#11-15]     [#6-10]     [#1-5]

[Photo: 2007 Egyptian Theatre Marquee, by Brian Ach, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival]

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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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