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Richard Kelly, website auteur.

Richard Kelly, website auteur. (photo)

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Richard Kelly might be one for two in terms of the movies he’s had in theaters so far, with “Donnie Darko” arguably the only real cult classic of the decade and “Southland Tales”… not. But one thing he has been consistent with are the dense, enigmatic websites that support his films.

“The Box,” his third feature, opens November 9th, and the full-on Flash-powered head game of a website went live last week, a fitting follow-up to the mind-bending online homes of “Donnie Darko” and “Southland Tales.”

All of these sites demand immersion and ask you to ignore your usual browser tabs and listen to audio loops while paging through teasingly opaque tangents and connections. Lines sprawl out all over the place; skulls and fake texts of a pseudo-scientific nature are the norm. In truth, I’ve never been able to piece how any of these websites “work” or if they add up to some kind of larger narrative, because I’ve never had five spare hours to work through them.

But I like that they’re there: they’re as entrancingly mysterious as the best parts of Kelly’s work without the dull explanatory stuff. “The Box”‘s website was designed by Crew Creative, who haven’t worked with Kelly before but have definitely retained his usual hallmarks.

The site for “The Box” is laden with creepy images and clips (at least as much, if not more stuff, than is in the actual trailer), so if — like me — you can’t wait to see what happens when Kelly’s creative excesses are kept in check by a studio, it’s worth exploring. Up online is also about five minutes of the score by The Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne and Win Butler and Final Fantasy’s Owen Pallett, which is creepy and subtle in all the right, Bernard Herrmann-esque ways. In the low-bar world of movie websites, Kelly’s proven the most ambitious, openly involving himself in the process and promising fully conceived, complex universes that extend far past what’s shown in the cinemas. And he gets it right every time — more so, really, than in his movies.

[Photo: “The Box,” Warner Bros., 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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