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Selections from David Fincher.

Selections from David Fincher. (photo)

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A few highlights from “Behind Button: A Conversation with David Fincher,” hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Kent Jones to close out their Fincher retrospective pairing the director’s work with films he likes, a set-up that yielded the whiplash double feature of “Se7en” and “Mary Poppins.”

He was drawn to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” because it seemed to offer “a more complete telling of a love story… because it involved one being there to help the other pass on,” and found that “there were a lot of moments in the script that were semi-clichés” that he believed were overturned by the backward-aging structure. His original conception of the visual style of the film was based on Andrew Wyeth, sparse, fields of grain and lots of shots over characters’ shoulders, something that went out the window upon seeing New Orleans.

On the aforementioned double feature: “‘Mary Poppins’ was important to me as a three year old. I don’t know what it has to do with ‘Se7en.'” When asked about the possibility of a “Se7en” sequel: “I would have less interest in that than I would in having cigarettes put out in my eyes.” And on another selection of his that was screened in the series: “Chinatown is one of the five perfect films ever made. I mean it’s perfect. [beat] I take umbrage with some of the handheld…”

The line that Blanchett delivers in her character’s unsuccessful attempt to seduce Benjamin at the gazebo, one that was conceived as something to utterly damped his ardor — “Benjamin, I’ve been with older men!” — was Fincher’s: “I think it’s one of the great turn-off lines.”

When confronted by someone who said they didn’t like “Button” because it didn’t feel like a Fincher film: “I can only give me standard answer: I can’t apologize enough.”

And on the film’s point, as a whole: “That youth is not wasted on the young…[To age] is the best way that we’re built for. That however lonely we may feel now, living your life in the other direction would be just as difficult.”

[Photo: Fincher on the set of “Button,” Paramount, 2008]

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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

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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

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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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