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TCM, now a film festival.

TCM, now a film festival. (photo)

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There are over 700 film festivals worldwide, but only a few are devoted entirely to showing old movies — which is odd, considering that these days, it’s just as hard to see most older films in a theater as it is to see any of the new festival darlings. Those that do exist tend towards the obscure and specialized. MoMA’s annual “To Save and Project” series (which is now in progress) alternates between the well-known (say, a new print of Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under The Influence”) and movies whose reputation is so specialized you basically have to attend on faith (say, 1964’s “The Changing Village,” from Ceylon). Arlington, VA’s Slapsticon resurrects silent comedy; Bologna’s Cinema Ritrovato digs up new prints of old films for your hardcore type who’s ready for a marathon of long-thought-lost rarities and pre-code Capra. Also, you have to fly to Italy.

Most of the major festivals have sidebars on classic films, but most people who have to travel to Toronto or Telluride don’t have the time for that; since, these days, it’s mostly journalists, industry types and locals who can attend major festivals (the former two only looking for the big new thing), the older film sections go ignored. So it’s nice to hear that Turner Classic Movies is launching the TCM Classic Film Festival, 50 old films over four days next April in Los Angeles, if for no other reason than that the magic word “festival” tends to have an “event”-type connotation to the unglamorous business of people in seats watching movies, possibly enticing a wider crowd into considering screening they wouldn’t ordinarily touch. Scorsese’s Film Foundation preservation organization will provide much of the line-up for the inaugural fest.

At a time when LA’s repertory scene struggles are well-documented, an announcement like this is heartening, even if this ends up appealing only to the elderly and the crankily cinephilic. It’s a losing battle, of course: my entirely intelligent viewing companion noted, after a couple of Roger Corman movies last week, “it’s weird to see these in a theater.” And it is, unfortunately. We could all use more rep screenings.

[Photo: Jean Renoir’s “The River,” a recent Film Foundation restoration, United Artists, 1951]

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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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