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The Pacific

The Pacific (photo)

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The role of music in a war film is especially complicated, and often the best idea, like war itself, is too refrain altogether from using it. There are far better ways to achieve both cinematic and Nationalist goals. Unfortunately, the vast majority of war flicks are utterly ruined by the soaring patriotic themes they employ. Their bloated orchestrations goosestep all over the action and the story, if there is any.

(“The Pacific” will premiere on HBO in 2010)

An exception to this was the brilliant HBO series, “Band of Brothers,” which triumphed both because of it’s great characters and it’s flawless action steeped in realism and awesome sound design. The music was used sparingly, and usually not at all during the immersive fire-fights. Michael Kamen’s score was really well done (if maybe slightly derivative of John Williams’ “Saving Private Ryan” score), especially the series theme song, and when music was employed with a delicate touch, it was quite good.

I’ve been looking forward to the follow-up series, “The Pacific,” since at least 2005 when it was announced (maybe earlier?). Executive producers Steven Spielberg, and Tom Hanks team up again for what must be a winner. It must be! Blake Neely, who was a conductor on “Band of Brothers” is credited as composer along with Geoff Zanelli. Both have some questionable ties to a certain “Pirate” film franchise, and the trailer music doesn’t bode well, but trailer music rarely does.

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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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