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Best films to jam to before heading to the Caribbean (Pt. 1)

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I’m not the most well traveled person but I have been all around the Caribbean, several times even. Jamaica more times than I can recall accurately, Grand Cayman, Cozumel (I think that counts), even Haiti. Cruised around Fidel’s Cuba trying to spy on Guantanamo Bay with some binoculars my 5 year old nephew picked out. I still don’t know if I was trying to spy on the Cubans or Americans who have shacked up in their bay because the whole thing is confused, it plays with my steel sense of nationalism.

How is it that we have a facility in foe-like Cuba when we don’t even have normal relations with them? Didn’t Bush see “Red Dawn?” Good times. Turns out I’m off on a plane to try and find all this out and more. Well, I’m going to Jamaica again for a bit of annual family time, and I’ll at least ask around.

In celebration of this, I’ve put together this list of the best films to put me in the mood. I probably missed something like “Yellowbeard” and if “Mutiny On the Bounty” took place in the Caribbean it’d be here:

I am Legend

I thought for just over 48 hours that I’d be working on this picture in the production office, but I was apparently beat out by someone who had accounting experience at the last minute. Whatta nerd that person must be. Many months later I swallowed my pride, went to the theater, still burnt at the missed opportunity (on paper the film was so up my alley) and paid hard fought wages to see something I should have worked on in the first place. I loved it. I love this film. I love Will Smith loving Bob Marley cause he’s not a hippy. Sometimes big productions pull through, this one of em. I love you.

Live and let Die

One of the most hilarious Bond films, it also has a Paul and Linda McCartney tune as it’s main theme. Everyone could use a little more Wings/McCartney in their life. Yaphet Kotto’s Dr. Kananga is more outrageous than “Dune’s” floating fat man and I dig that he keeps a virgin psychic (Jane Seymour) around on his Caribbean island.


Look on this clip mon. The classic film about the Jamaican music scene in the late 70’s. Few other places in the world have been more inventive, made more original music than this little island. It once bristled with geniuses… and there’s always more to discover. You don’t have to like Reggae to like the breadth of Jamaica’s contribution to music and you don’t have to even like Jamaican music to dig this film. Brush up on your Patois. “I support that to the fullness.”

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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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