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What to Watch on IFC in February

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With preparations for the 2010 Spirit Awards underway, IFC is celebrating all month with past winners and nominees of the prestigious indie film honor. Thursday, February 25th, beginning at 6am, tune in for an all day festival featuring Best First Feature winners “Garden State” and “Heathers.” Plus, check out Harvey Keitel’s winning performance in Abel Ferrara’s corrupt police drama “Bad Lieutenant.”

And catch other fine films that have a Spirit Award nomination under their belt, including Dito Montiel’s coming-of-age autobiographical story “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” troubled teens in “Blue Car” and “Trans,” a flesh-eating horror in “Cabin Fever,” and a girl who dabbles in love on both sides of the fence in “Kissing Jessica Stein.” Don’t miss the best in indie, or the 2010 Spirit Awards, which will air live on IFC Friday, March 5th.

310x229_neardark.jpgAnd this Valentine’s Day, IFC is proving love really does bite with a slew of vampire films. Don’t miss Russian blockbuster “Night Watch,” based on the first in a series of horror novels. Then, catch “Near Dark,” the debut film from “The Hurt Locker”‘s Kathryn Bigelow, revolving around a guy who joins a vampire family after falling for one of the members. Rounding out the lovefest of fright, Willem Defoe gives a memorable and almost unrecognizable performance in “Shadow of the Vampire,” about the filming of the 1920s vampire classic “Nosferatu.” It all starts Sunday, February 14th at 4:45pm.

Also, in honor of Black History month, IFC honors African American independents on Thursday, February 4th starting at 8pm. Tune in for “Bamboozled,” Spike Lee’s satirical film about an African American television writer who creates an outlandish minstrel show that goes on to become a huge success. Plus, catch R. Kelly’s cult musical drama phenomenon “Trapped in the Closet,” and Keenan Ivory Wayan’s throwback to ’70s blaxploitation “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.”

If you couldn’t get a ticket to this year’s Interactive Achievement Awards, don’t fret. IFC will honor the best of the best in gaming as we bring you the “Oscars of video games,” hosted by Jay Mohr, on February 26th at 10pm.

310x229_penny_dreadful.jpgPREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • PENNY DREADFUL: A girl fearful of cars is taken to a remote location by her psychiatrist with the intention to help overcome her phobia, but it ends with her worst fears becoming a reality. Premieres Wed 02/03/10 @ 8:00pm.
    • KINKY BOOTS: A drag queen (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) helps a shoe businessman keep his company alive. Premieres Fri 02/05/10 @ 6:55pm.
    • GET SHORTY A mobster heads to La La land only to discover that his job isn’t much different than being movie producer. Ensemble cast includes John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo and Gene Hackman. Premieres Sun 02/07/10 @ 8:15pm.
    • KISS OF FIRE Christina Applegate stars as a small-town stripper who begins a troubled relationship with an Italian tourist. Premieres Wed 02/24/10 @ 8:00pm.
    • THE WOODS Sent to an isolated boarding school, a girl comes across mysterious occurrences happening in the woods surrounding the students in this second feature from “May” director Lucky McKee. Premieres Fri 02/26/10 @ 12:00am.
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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 IFC.com

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…