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Bad Stunt Double Theater: “Predator”

Bad Stunt Double Theater: “Predator” (photo)

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Like a lot of critics this week, I revisited “Predator” this week in preparation for the new “Predators” sequel. The movie holds up pretty well for what it is: a cartoonishly outlandish sci-fi action slasher with a nice undercurrent of commentary on mankind’s (and alienkind’s — people are alike all over, doncha know) obsession with and overreliance on high-tech weaponry.

For a movie that’s already almost 25 years old, the effects still look great too. Sure, when the Predator grips things in his rubbery mitts with those long fingernails, he looks like a woman who just got a manicure trying to grab a pen. Otherwise, the creature’s design and execution by Stan Winston is top-notch.

Not so top-notch, though, is the selection of the dude to fill-in for star Arnold Schwarzenegger during a jump off a waterfall. I imagine it’s not easy to cast a stunt double for 6′ 2″, 250-pound guy like Arnold. His unique physique is a big reason why he became a special action star. But there had to be a better double out there than this guy. Take a look. Here is he falling:


Even in blurry sillouette, there is no question: that is not Arnold Schwarzenegger. I mean, look at those arms! It’s especially glaring in “Predator” because the film spends such an inordinate amount of time, even for a Schwarzenegger vehicle, fetishistically gazing upon Arnold’s enormous guns. Here’s the infamous shot of Schwarzenegger’s Dutch and Carl Weathers’ Dillon high-fiving and flexing reeeeeeally hard:


More evidence. Schwarzenegger:








Back! And to the left! Back! And to the left! Anyway, that guy wouldn’t look believable doubling for skinny Adrien Brody in “Predators.” Speaking of which: the new film comes out Friday and we’ll have a review on then.

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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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