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“Restrepo” Subject Receives Medal of Honor

“Restrepo” Subject Receives Medal of Honor (photo)

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Earlier today, President Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor, the highest award of the United States military, on Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. According to The Washington Post, during the medal ceremony Obama described Giunta as “a soldier as humble as he is heroic,” adding:

“He’ll tell you that he didn’t do anything special, that he was just doing his job, that any of his brothers in the unit would do the same thing… in fact, he just lived up to what his team leader instructed him to do years before: ‘You do everything you can.'”

Giunta was a member of the battalion chronicled in the 2010 documentary “Restrepo” by filmmakers and journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington. The film follows the lives of the soldiers of the United States’ “Restrepo” outpost, located in the Korengal valley in Afghanistan. The film’s official site now features an extremely emotional 14-minute film of his recounting of the events that earned him the Medal of Honor. It’s entitled “The Sal Giunta Story” and it’s embedded below:

The Sal Giunta Story from Sebastian Junger on Vimeo.

The comments by Giunta in the film on the value of the Medal of Honor really stick with me. In particular:

“It sounds great in theory. It sounds really awesome in theory. But it’s not… I did what I did because in the scheme of painting the picture of that ambush, that was just my brushstroke. That’s not above and beyond. That picture wouldn’t be complete without that brushstroke and it was my brushstroke to take. I didn’t take the biggest brushstroke, and it wasn’t the most important brushstroke. It was just one that completed the picture.”

“Restrepo” will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix Watch Instantly on December 7.

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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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