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House of D: Not Your Average Trip Down Memory Lane

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House of D, David Duchovny’s 2004 directorial debut, is a wistful and sentimental telling of a childhood in New York City’s East Village in 1973. It doesn’t start in the wide sideburns and over-sized lapels of groovy New York, though, it starts in Paris. Duchovny stars as Tom, an artist living the quintessential life of an expatriate artist, but something is calling him home, both physically and emotionally. As many a psychoanalyst will tell you, getting to the bottom of intense feelings requires a trip to the past.

Via a long journey down memory lane, we end up in Tommy’s 1973. His mother, played by Tea Leoni, is not well and young Tommy (Anton Yelchin) quickly falls into the role of his mother’s caretaker. But even a world weary child is still a child and Tommy finds much needed help and support from some unlikely corners. Tommy’s best friend is the developmentally disabled, yet adult, Pappass (Robin Williams, taking an indie film turn) who offers sage advice and pearls of wisdom under the guise of naivete. The other guiding voice in Tommy’s life is Lady (Erykah Badu) who is locked up in the eponymous House of D, a women’s detention house. Through the bars of the prison and with the help of a shard of mirror, Lady helps Tommy make the right life choices, especially when it comes to following his dreams and interacting with the opposite sex. The films minimal tension arrives when Pappass, frustrated by the creeping distance between him and his best friend Tommy, gets into trouble and needs help.

The film is a very earnest coming-of-age film written and directed by David Duchovny filled with very sincere acting by Robin Williams (take that as you wish). The movie is far from perfect, but it is a heart-warming drama about a grown man coming to terms with the life he left behind.

House of D plays on IFC at 2:15 p.m. ET

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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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