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Oliver Stone should have made that Margaret Thatcher movie after all.

Oliver Stone should have made that Margaret Thatcher movie after all. (photo)

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Five years ago, Oliver Stone joked in an interview that he was interested in making a movie about Margaret Thatcher starring Meryl Streep. It was quickly distorted into a rumor he had to deny: “Can you imagine me doing the life of Margaret Thatcher?,” he scoffed.

Well, joke’s on him: five years on, that project’s really happening, except now as directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the woman who made “Mamma Mia!,” so everyone loses. With Stone at the helm, we would’ve at least seen if he could empathize as well with the Iron Lady as he, surprisingly, has with Nixon.

Instead he went to Venezuela and made a documentary about Hugo Chavez, “South of the Border,” that’s the kind of blatant agit-prop it’s difficult to imagine helping anyone trying to make a reasonable case for Venezuela’s health and stability right now (a tough task regardless). It’s being touted as “The movie the right-wing media does not want you to see,” with adds listing pull-quotes in both “Praise” and “Condemnation” categories. (Unsurprisingly, Bill Maher loved it, while the National Review didn’t.)

07012010_border.jpgWhile it’s likely to end up just preaching to the converted, this is a tried and true tactic to position yourself as the little guy fighting against a media world that’s borderline controlled by the right — not a major exaggeration, insofar as rumors jump-started by Fox News are then forced to be soberly “reported” and commented on by the media.

Despite this, most reviews are not kind to the film, and those negative notices are hardly all from right-leaning outlets (the far from right-leaning Village Voice calls it “propaganda in the form of a home movie”).

I’ve always believes that Stone’s good when he’s just as far in over his head as the audience is and unsure what he’s trying to say. He should’ve made that Thatcher movie after all — that could have provided something to actually think about.

[Photos: “South of the Border,” Cinema Libre Studio, 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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