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“The Road” : Nick Cave, blow my mind.

“The Road” : Nick Cave, blow my mind. (photo)

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It seems this much delayed mystery picture by director John Hillcoat has a firm release date of October 16th (latest by the Weinstein Company anyway), and a trailer surfaced last week that on first viewing looks and sounds very promising.

(Left: Viggo as The Man, in John Hillcoat’s “The Road.”)

The cast is incredible, and includes:

Viggo Mortensen (swordsman, nude fighter, brought back the cleft chin)
Charlize Theron (prettier when ugly?)
Robert Duvall
Guy Pearce
Garret Dillahunt (“Deadwood” multi-role villain, “well that’s one fer you Wiald Biell!“)
Molly Parker (also from “Deadwood”)
Michael K. Williams (“The Wire’s” badass, unforgettable Omar)

But most thrilling, at least for my purposes here, is that sometime film composer, Nick Cave has composed the score. The man is a genius. He’s collaborated with John Hillcoat before, most notably in Hillcoat’s 2005 film “The Proposition” that Cave scored (and wrote the screenplay for). The music in that film, regardless of how good it was otherwise, elevated it into another realm. The crazy trip Cave was on formed the perfect partner to the visuals, soft lyrics whispered of violence and betrayal, and the sheer wattage that accompanied jump cuts to riders on horseback brought the best things about a Western together with a psychedelic experience.

I can’t expect the score of “The Road” to be as wild, but from what I’ve heard it sounds like it’ll be intense:

WAIT, is that the Youraagh! scream at 2:03 ?!

It is. Hmm. So at best someone is having a little fun, which seems ill advised in a trailer for a film of this variety. Or the sound editor just came off of “Tropic Thunder” and it’s a mistake of habit, or someone is an unimaginative hack, a paint by numbers button pusher. Lap infinity on formula douche.

Help us Nick Cave, You’re our only hope.

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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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