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If movies are niche, shouldn’t critics be too?

If movies are niche, shouldn’t critics be too? (photo)

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The Playlist is a useful blog that aggregates the day’s major entertainment news. They’re also been dabbling in reviews, which is how I came across Drew Taylor’s take on the acclaimed if by no means Romanian film “Police, Adjective,” which is screening at the New York Film Festival. Taylor calls it “the most boring fucking movie that’s ever been filmed. Ever,” as well as “pretentious nothingness,” and gives it an F. At the end of the review is a curious editorial note: “Not to undermine our writer here,” it begins shrinkingly, before going to point out that NYFF movies are not one size fits all: “these films can be brilliant, but they’re not for everyone.” Sure.

What I wonder about is why you’d assign someone with no sympathy for the kind of movie under consideration to review it. Whatever you think of the Ain’t It Cool crowd, they provide their readers with exactly what they want to know: fanboy evaluations from a fanboy-sympathetic perspective. Assuming they were somehow able to lure Jonathan Rosenbaum out of retirement to write for them, everyone would be ill-served by what would inevitably be brutal pans of the latest ersatz-grindhouse movie.

Websites typically know their audience and adjust accordingly — editorial oversight is absolutely necessary to play to each writer’s strengths. As sites get more and more niche-y in an effort to both hang on to their corner of the internet and best serve their readers, it’s not dishonest in the least to keep people away from stuff they’ll hate; all it’ll do is provide generic rants against things they’ll never be able to appreciate, which is what you’d get from me if you sent me off to cover a sudden-noise-every-three-minutes slasher.

[Photo: “Police, Adjective,” IFC 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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