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George Clooney does the airport stare.

George Clooney does the airport stare. (photo)

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If you weren’t already aware of how our recent economic state has made the source material for Jason Reitman’s new film “Up in the Air” extra-extra-melancholy, the teaser trailer, released earlier today, makes it perfectly clear. You don’t even need to listen to George Clooney’s corporate keynote-cum-voiceover about literal and metaphorical baggage — simply note the incredible amount of airport staring that’s going on.

It’s hard to say when the airport stare became American indie and pseudo-indie film’s favorite visual shorthand reminder of the modern empty coldness of our cold, empty modern lives. But it’s become inescapable — a character turns his (or her, but mostly his) dead gaze away from the camera, allowing us to reflect on how one can be lonely in a crowd, on how isolating our modern institutions are, on how epiphany may or may not be waiting around the corner, on how artfully sterile this shot composition is, on how we should really download this soundtrack song when we get home. It’s amazing anyone can manage to get to their flight on time, with so many people moodily drooping their way along conveyor belts, up escalators and in front of windows. A small selection:







[Photos: “Up in the Air,” Paramount, 2009; “Away We Go,” Focus, 2009; “Last Chance Harvey,” Overture, 2008; “Elizabethtown,” Paramount, 2005; “Everything is Illuminated,” Warner Independent, 2005; “Garden State,” Fox Searchlight, 2004; “Fight Club,” Twentieth Century Fox, 1999]

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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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