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Test Your Foreign (Version of American) Film Knowledge With Lurking Title

Test Your Foreign (Version of American) Film Knowledge With Lurking Title (photo)

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Slate’s Brow Beat had a fun post on Friday about the strange world of foreign versions of American film titles. So for example, and for no particular reason, a movie like “Not Another Teen Movie” might be released in France under the title “Sex Academy” (okay there is a particular reason and it’s pretty obvious, too). It’s not the first time I’ve read about this subject — The Huffington Post had a good slideshow about this a couple years ago, where I learned that Germans call “Annie Hall” “Urban Neurotic” — but Slate’s piece threw in an extra wrinkle: a link to awesomely entertaining, time-sucking website called Lurking Title.

Here’s how it works: you click to start the game and are presented with an American film’s foreign language title and the posters for eight movies. You have to guess which of the movies belongs to the title. So, for example, I just started up a new round and the title I got was “If Flying Dreams,” and the options I had to choose from included “Withnail and I,” “Finding Neverland,” “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” and “Red Dragon.” Since I know “Nixon” involves a man on a plane I picked that — and I was wrong (it was “Finding Neverland”). You only get so many incorrect answers before the game is over and you have to start over and if you get enough right you can advance to higher rounds. So far my best score is deep into Round 3.

For a movie nerd it’s a crazy addictive guessing game. And it’s not as easy as it sounds. Is Italy’s “International Intrigue” “North by Northwest” or “Under Siege?” Is Germany’s “In the Beginning There Was Murder” “Stranger Than Fiction” or “10,000 BC?” Is Poland’s “The Price of Courage” “A Mighty Heart” or “The Brave One?”* Some of the titles miss the mark completely: I’m not sure if Hungary’s interpretation of “Do the Right Thing” — “Eye For an Eye” — really hits at the complexity of the arguments involved. But some of the titles are kind of awesome: I love “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but Sweden’s version, “Shadows of the South,” would be a great title for that (or any) film as well.

Anyway, go check out the site. Now I have to go pretend to write some more and play for about two more hours.

*(Answers: “North by Northwest,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” and “A Mighty Heart.” In all three cases I guessed incorrectly.)

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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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