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‘Lords of Dogtown’ and Other Rad Skate Movies

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Lords of Dogtown offers a fictionalized account of the birth of skateboarding in the heart of Venice, California in the 1970s. It follows thrashers Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) as they evolve from surf bums hanging around Skip Engblom’s (Heath Ledger) surf shop into skating legends.

Skate culture has long informed mainstream pop culture. From Vans footwear to Sun-In Brand hair streaks to music (would we have Fall Out Boy without skaters? Wait…), the look and style of skaters has infiltrated malls across America. Our love of all things skateboard extends straight to Hollywood. From Gleaming the Cube to skate scenes in Clueless and even Police Academy 4, we can’t get enough of skater boys on the silver screen. Tune in to Lords of Dogtown at 5:55 p.m. ET. Then slip on your Vans and head to the parking lot to practice your reverse Ollie kick flips.

Want more skate idols and wicked tricks to try? Check out these other rad skate films:

To quote the trailer, Deck Dogz is three guys with four wheels on the brain. And they have the x-rays to prove it:

While Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park is more of a study in adolescent trauma, it has enough skate scenes to qualify. Also, it’s just a great movie. Also also, it has Taylor Momsen from Gossip Girl:

Thrashin, also known as Skate Gang, is Romeo and Juliet on four wheels. Or West Side Story without all the snapping. It stars a young Josh Brolin and features cameos from famous skaters such as Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, and Steve Caballero:

Since we’re pretty sure we will never get a good excuse to show the Kuffs trailer, we will happily settle for sharing a young Christian Slater in Gleaming the Cube:

While it didn’t make our list of documentaries yesterday, there is no denying the skate power of Dogtown and Z Boys. The film documents the birth of skateboarding and was directed by former Z-Boy Stacy Peralta, who with skater Tony Alva were consultants on Lords of Dogtown, too. It won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2001:

But, of course, neither the real nor fictionalized versions of the Lords of Dogtown could have happened if Michael J. Fox hadn’t invented the skateboard in Back to the Future. You can’t prove he didn’t!:

Lords of Dogtown airs on IFC at Thursday, Nov. 11 at 5:55 PM ET. It re-airs Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:35 AM and 1:05 PM ET; Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 11:30 PM ET and Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 11:15 AM 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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