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‘Che’: The Myth, The Man, The Movie

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While you may be too old to hang a Che Guevara poster in your room, you are just the right age to appreciate Steven Soderbergh’s “Che”. The film stars Benicio del Toro (who also co-produced the film) as the revolutionary and follows Ernesto Che Guevara from his toppling of the Bautista government in Cuba to his defeat on the ground in Bolivia. Shot in two parts –“The Argentine” and “The Revolutionary” — the audience watches as Che Guevara grows from a dissident to a defeated revolutionary to a cult hero. IFC is showing both parts of the story, part 1 at 1:15 p.m. ET and part 2 starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Che, the historical figure, is viewed as either a hero of the revolution or a mass murderer, but the movie focuses on Che the man living his day to day life. In fact, much of the script was taken from the diary he kept with him during battles in both Cuba and Bolivia. At times the film feels almost quotidian and dull, but is consistently saved by Soderbergh’s camerawork and Benicio del Toro’s searing and almost personal portrayal of the militant. Del Toro won a well-deserved Best Actor award at Cannes for this role.

The portrait of Che through the lens of Soderbergh and del Toro is painted in unapologetic broad strokes. We know Che is a doctor and a dissident, but we don’t know where the unrest was formed (unless you saw The Motorcycle Diaries). We don’t know why Che chooses to leave Cuba after the revolution or why he chose Bolivia as the next proving ground of his revolutionary skills. Even though he is almost always on camera, the man is a mystery. But in Del Toro’s skillful hands, it’s a mystery you want to unravel.

Che, Part 1: The Argentine airs at 1:15 p.m. ET and Part 2: “The Revolutionary” starts at 3:30 p.m. ET on IFC.

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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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