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“Inglourious Basterds” promotes English language domination.

“Inglourious Basterds” promotes English language domination. (photo)

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Over the weekend, “Inglourious Basterds” went from a film with a mixed Cannes reputation as Tarantino’s least-productively talky to being a box office conqueror. If critics are still split, the general public seems surprisingly united in loving it. As Sharon Waxman reports, the Weinsteins marketed a kick-ass action movie, and somehow, remarkably, didn’t alienate theatergoers who actually got two-and-a-half hours of subtitled conversations. CinemaScore (which polls crowds on their way out) puts the film at an unexpected A-. Typically, audiences who show up for one thing and get another are annoyed (the explanation given for “Funny People”‘s failure).

The most interesting fallout from “Inglourious Basterds”‘ success was noted in Ben Fritz’s analysis in the LA Times. Writing of the film’s triumph abroad, Fritz reports that in Germany, no less than 28 theaters showed the original (that is, un-dubbed) version of the film — four times more than usual for an American release.

Why? He suggests that the audiences “wanted to hear Tarantino’s celebrated dialogue in its original language,” which is super-intriguing. Tarantino’s detractors despise precisely his indulgences in the sound of his own voice and dialogue. Is Tarantino so firmly established worldwide as a master of a dialogue that he trumps even the dubs done by his own actors (co-stars Christoph Waltz and Diane Kruger did their own for both the French and German versions)? If so, he’s got to be the only filmmaker working today to command that level of dedication. Which won’t help the case of Tarantino’s swelling ego one bit, but so it goes.

[Photo: “Inglourious Basterds,” Weinstein Company, 2009]

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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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