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Recommended: A “Crash” Hater Interviews Paul Haggis

Recommended: A “Crash” Hater Interviews Paul Haggis (photo)

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Too many interviews are bloodless exercises in forced politeness. They don’t sound like real conversations people have about movies, which are at their best when there’s disagreement and contention. So it’s always refreshing when you find something like Scott Foundas’ interview with Paul Haggis in the new Film Comment. Foundas was the man who helped lead the backlash against the eventual 2004 Best Picture winner writing, amongst other things, that “Crash” was “the best movie of the year for people who like to say, ‘A lot of my best friends are black.'” Instead of pretending he never made those comments, he confronts them, confirms them, and gives Haggis a chance to respond during their conversation. Here’s some of what Haggis had to say:

“I didn’t actually ever know if it was a good movie or not, and I still don’t…I didn’t know if it was a good screenplay when we finished it. I didn’t know when I came up with the story if it was a good story. What I knew is that it was, for me, a good social experiment. I wanted to fuck with people, because I was so angry.”

What I also like about Foundas’ piece is his ability not to let his hatred of “Crash” taint his perception of Haggis other work. People who despised “Crash” — and I wasn’t a fan either — kept reviewing it every time Haggis released a movie for years. They let it color their appreciation of his excellent screenplays for films like “Flags of Our Fathers” and “In the Valley of Elah,” both much better movies than their reputations suggest. And let’s give Haggis credit too: a lot of directors in his position would reject Foundas’ interview request on basic principle, just because of what he wrote about “Crash.”

Click over to Film Comment for the full interview. I don’t know if it will fulfill its intended purpose, getting you to see Haggis’ new film “The Next Three Days” a week from Friday, but it might make you want to revisit “Crash.”

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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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