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Sally Menke, 1953-2010

Sally Menke, 1953-2010 (photo)

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It will likely be Sally Menke’s legacy as the editor on all of Quentin Tarantino’s films that she was able to make sense of his time-shifting, multistranded narratives in a way no one else could, making it all the more tragic that she died at an age that makes no sense at all, far too young at 56, reported to have collapsed while hiking in Griffith Park. (While it has not been confirmed, the record levels of heat in Los Angeles this week may have been a contributing factor.)

Over her nearly 25-year career in the movie business, Menke worked with some of its most demanding personalities from Oliver Stone (“Heaven and Earth”) to Billy Bob Thornton (“All the Pretty Horses”), not to mention starting out on the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” But it’s her collaboration with Tarantino, beginning on 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs” that became one of contemporary film’s most impressive creative unions. Although content to remain behind the scenes, Menke became famous with her Oscar nominations for “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds” and when Tarantino started to include the outtakes of “Hi Sally” on his DVDs, where he would encourage his actors to say hi to Menke while she was in the editing bay. In this clip from the “Grindhouse” DVD, he explained how Menke was integral to his work:

Here’s the “Hi Sally” reel from “Inglourious Basterds”:

In one of her final interviews around the DVD release of “Inglourious Basterds,” Menke told‘s Todd Gilchrist (which is well worth reading the rest of):

“We really do kind of agree on everything. Maybe that’s why it’s been such a long relationship, because somehow I must live in the same world as him. Even though we do live in very different worlds, we do live in the same world. Because I’m a mom and I have two kids and it’s so funny, [and I remember] after I did like the first “Kill Bill” and some people came over from Japan and they interviewed me and they came to my house. I have a lab and a cat and two little kids, and they came into my house and they were like, really? You’re Quentin’s editor? Where are all of the tattoos?”

Menke’s last credited film may be Michael Lander’s Ellen Page-Cillian Murphy drama “Peacock,” which debuted on home video earlier this year, but she also came in under the radar to help with reshaping Michel Gondry’s “The Green Hornet,” which will be released in January. (Collider spoke to Gondry earlier this year about her influence.) As the woman known for crafting such truly memorable endings, it is a truly sad end, but her influence will surely live on.

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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