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The Sundance Screaming Match is Alive and Well

The Sundance Screaming Match is Alive and Well (photo)

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While I’ve never been to Sundance, I can say I’m an experienced veteran of heated or awkward post-screening question-and-answer sessions after a film has debuted. Just last fall at AFI Fest, I saw an older gentleman ask “Rabbit Hole” filmmakers John Cameron Mitchell and Aaron Eckhart why they would decide to make a film about a dead child when there were so many more people dying in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or at last year’s Tribeca when a teen girl asked “Every Day” star Ezra Miller if he was gay? And so it goes.

Sundance itself is no stranger to them, either. This year’s festival alone has seen a wildly inappropriate Q & A follow the Paul Rudd comedy “My Idiot Brother,” where Rudd was asked to do a PSA for animal rights and another instantly legendary premiere/faux auction that shall not be named. Then there’s “The Woman,” which was the much-anticipated return of horror director Lucky McKee (“May”) that led to some walkouts and a paramedic being called, but even more infamously, gave birth to this viral video that features one particularly angry moviegoer who was escorted outside to tell a staffer “this is not humane!” Either before or after watching, I’d suggest reading Drew McWeeny’s explicitly detailed account at HitFix, because as he mentions in the piece, he inadvertently became a part of it while trying to calm the man down. The video is here:

As McWeeny concludes, this clip should be used as the teaser in any marketing campaign for “The Woman” since after all, horror films are meant to be upsetting. If that proves to be true, it wouldn’t be the only time a shouting match helped with a film’s sale. My favorite, at least that’s been recorded for posterity’s sake, was when Roger Ebert vehemently defended Justin Lin’s “Better Luck Tomorrow” against charges from an audience member that Lin had made an “empty” film and betrayed his race by portraying Asian-Americans in a negative light. Ultimately, it pushed the film towards a distribution deal with MTV Films and Paramount and launched Lin’s directorial career. The clip is here:

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…