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Hugo Chávez’s “Repo Man” sequel.

Hugo Chávez’s “Repo Man” sequel. (photo)

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I’m among those who was intrigued by the prospect of “Repo Chick,” Alex Cox’s sorta-sequel to his 1984 cult favorite “Repo Man.” The film premiered last night at Venice, and alas, Leslie Felperin’s Variety review is in and not so hot.

Felperin deems the film a patchy, occasionally amusing mess, “what you would get if Michael Moore directed an episode of Nick Jr. kiddie series ‘Lazy Town,’ ” though halfway through it does turn into a mock thriller. “The terrorists’ ultimate demands,” she summarizes with an admirably straight face, “are for the President of the United States to close all golf courses (providing the opportunity for a ranting message against the wastefulness of golf), ban the sport entirely and also make the entire government go vegan.”

The premise seems wacky enough — except that it’s basically already happening. A month ago, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez declared war on the game. As the New York Times‘ Simon Romero reported, Chávez isn’t a fan of this “bourgeois sport,” and would like to shut down at least three golf courses to build some public housing. “I respect all sports,” he announced. “But there are sports and there are sports. Do you mean to tell me this is a people’s sport? It is not.”

So forget that Oliver Stone doc on Chávez, because clearly Alex Cox is dramatizing Chávez’s policies in real time. Now that’s impressive.

[Photo: “Repo Chick,” Paper Street Films, 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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