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Michael Moore marches out the door.

Michael Moore marches out the door. (photo)

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Michael Moore may be abandoning documentaries. In an AP interview from Toronto, he complains “I’ve done this for 20 years. Two years ago, I tried to get the health-care debate going, and it did eventually, and now where are we? We may not even have it. What am I supposed to do at a certain point?”

As usual, Moore’s stuck somewhere between good intentions and supreme egotism. On one hand, he makes it sound like his has been a one-man crusade for various righteous liberal causes ignored by everyone else who couldn’t be bothered to try as hard. On the one hand… well, he’s not far off. For better or worse, Moore’s proven the only liberal propagandist with a famous enough persona to go up against the remarkably well-organized conservative commenters of the Fox News nation.

It’s easy to forget that though he made his name with 1989’s “Roger and Me,” Moore’s fame arguably crested in the middle of the Clinton years, when after the failure of 1995’s “Canadian Bacon” he repositioned himself as as all-round rabble-rouser with the bestseller “Downsize This!” While he’s been a crusader for the Democratic party to some extent — “Fahrenheit 9/11” was marketed as a (failed) attempt to sway the election — he’s mostly operated as some kind of weird leftist independent. (Recall the memorable bashing Hillary Clinton got in “Sicko” for caving in on health care.)

It’s fascinating to see Moore leap back on the health-care beat while banging the drum for “Capitalism: A Love Story,” tying in activism and self-promotion so ham-handedly it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Earlier today, President Obama addressed Pittsburgh AFL-CIO union members. Yesterday, Moore led members of these same unions down the streets of downtown Pittsburgh in what Workday Minnesota‘s Barb Kucera described as an “impromptu march” in favor of a single-payer health care plan. (Precisely how impromptu a demonstration that ended at the theater where marchers saw “Capitalism”‘s U.S. premiere is, obviously, open to question.)

The logistics of tying in a labor march and premiere to the appearance of the President of the United States the next day are surely mindboggling, but you have to admire the chutzpah. Like GM, Moore clearly — and with astonishing naïveté and sincerity — believes that what’s good for him is good for the nation.

[Photo: “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Overture 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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