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The Coolest Long Take of 2010

The Coolest Long Take of 2010 (photo)

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On this week’s podcast, Alison and I reflect on the year in movies and highlight some outstanding moments and people that made 2010 special. The podcast is divided into categories, but instead of the typical “Best Director” and “Best Actor” type stuff, we give out slightly more unorthodox awards: Best Fight Scene, Best Onscreen Chemistry, Most Unfairly Maligned Movie, and so on.

We also picked our Favorite Shot of the Year. I went with an unforgettable one from the documentary “Sweetgrass.” I stand by that choice, but having just watched Juan José Campanella’s “The Secret in their Eyes” for the first time, there’s no way the long take that’s already being referred to in some circles as “The Stadium Scene” doesn’t deserve at least an honorable mention. Here’s a YouTube clip of the shot. It’s slightly sped up, but you still get a sense of its impressiveness.

Obviously, there’s a bit of showing off here, but the “bigness” of that long take makes sense within the film. Most of “The Secret in Their Eyes” is a slow, emotional burn; a crime story told across two time frames through flashes back and forth between the past and the present. The whole story builds to this moment, where the two federal agents finally track down the suspect they’ve been searching for the entire film. The lack of cuts (or at least the lack of visible cuts) enunciates the fact that this is the single most important scene in the film and helps to build suspense throughout the lengthy chase. Instead of wondering about one thread, we think about two: “Will they catch the suspect?” and “When the hell will this shot end?”

“The Secret in Their Eyes” is the sort of movie that gets lost in the shuffle around this time of year. Even though it was released in the U.S. last spring, it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2009. So it lives in this strange gray area between both years, not quite a 2009 film (when no one saw it) and not quite a 2010 film (since it won at last year’s Academy Awards). As a result, I think a lot of people have put it on the backburner it until they get through this year’s big award contenders. But as that remarkable shot indicates, it is definitely worth your time. Find it on Amazon or Netflix.

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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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