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John Hughes tribute do over

John Hughes tribute do over (photo)

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The Critics Choice Movie Awards on VH1 gave out some proper awards including best picture to “The Hurt Locker” (beating out the likes of “Avatar”) and best song to T-Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for “The Weary Kind.” Also, rightly featured was a tribute to the great John Hughes who died in August.

[John Hughes talking with Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara and Alan Ruck. Everett Collection photo.]

Hughes, in his heyday, was an unparalleled master of the soundtrack, the pop song, and the musical cue. Time and again he used pop songs to shape his crucial scenes, fusing song and film together. They often left an indelible mark on the worldview of the viewer, and the proof is in the cultural impact of his films throughout the 80’s, the decade he gleefully lorded over before disappearing from public view.

The awards tribute was sealed with a performance by Death Cab For Cutie, covering one of the best songs from the decade, “Don’t You,” by Simple Minds from “The Breakfast Club.” Ben Gibbard, rolling like square-faced Crispin Glover, really blew the performance. Normally I would praise Mr. Gibbard for his efforts, but this was so horrid I had to spend all evening watching Hughes films to get it out of my mind (see below if you missed it, sorry).

Here’s some of the real thing to help you through your own recovery.

Don’t You, by Simple Minds – “The Breakfast Club”

Weird Science, by Oingo Boingo – “Weird Science”

Oh Yeah, by Yello. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

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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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