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Kanye West’s inner “Wild Thing.”

Kanye West’s inner “Wild Thing.” (photo)

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It’s not a great time to be either Kanye West or one of his fans. After his umpteenth public freak-out, interrupting Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Awards, his tour with Lady Gaga was canceled, and rumors are flying that West is hiding out somewhere, doing his best to purge himself of the demons that make him act like a jackass in public. Spike Jonze to the rescue!

Having now steered the story of one outburst-prone lad to box office success, the “Where the Wild Things Are” director has rejoined Kanye for the collaborative short film “We Were Once A Fairytale,” which you can watch below. It’s a mixed bag. The first three unbelievably awkward minutes rank with Jonze’s best work: Kanye’s drunk in a club somewhere, boorishly hitting on everything in sight, telling everyone who already knows who he is “This is my song!” Kanye’s scarily good at playing the worst possible version of himself. But then there’s a sex scene, and then it gets all surreal/symbolic and becomes kind of stupid.

It does make for a neat companion piece to “Where The Wild Things Are,” a parallel tale of an infantile man-boy who acts out, despairs, purges himself of those negative feelings and learns to control them. It’s about as “adult” as Jonze’s work gets — the sex, the clubbing — yet that regressive aesthetic is in full force.

Better, “We Were Once A Fairytale” really clarifies who Jonze is, besides a talented technician with an imagination. He’s a kid who relates to other kids who never learned to process their emotions in a sophisticated way, no matter what age they are. That’s something that holds as true for “Jackass” (which Jonze co-created) as it does for the hyper-articulate, despairing protagonists of “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation.”

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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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