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Ahoy! Five Nautical Flicks To Watch After ‘Deep Water’

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Today at 1:15 p.m. ET, the historical documentary “Deep Water” airs on IFC. The film chronicles one of the most infamous nautical tragedies — the 1968 voyage of Donald Crowhurst around the world as part of the Golden Globe sailing competition. The directors use narration from Crowhurst’s journals, archival film, and interviews with the sailor’s family, friends, and colleagues to craft a portrait of a man sinking rapidly into a pit of despair as he comes face to face with his own darkest nightmares of personal failure. But don’t worry, there’s no Celine Dion theme song to really depress you. If this film gives you a taste for the briny deep, here are five more nautical films to have you dreaming of setting sail:

“The African Queen”

In the middle of World War I in German East Africa, Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn decide to take down a German warship using only a small boat and their wits. If it wasn’t Bogie and Hepburn it would sound ludicrous, but together these two can do anything.

“The Poseidon Adventure”

Ernest Borgnine stars in this action-packed film about the capsizing of a luxury ocean liner by a tsunami. In a desperate attempt to survive the shipwreck a handful of survivors led by Borgnine journey up to the bottom of the ocean liner before it sinks.


If there’s any landlubber in you, this film will appeal to it. Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller sets Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw against a man-eating great white shark. The result is terror from the deep frightening enough to win a place on our list of scariest movies ever.

“The Master and Commander: Far Side of the World”

Director Peter Weir’s first turn behind the camera since 1998’s “The Truman Show,” stars Russell Crowe as the swashbuckling Jack Aubrey, Captain of the HMS Surprise. Set during the Napoleonic wars, the movie won the Oscar for Best Cinematography based on it’s breathtaking scenes of life at sea. The film is based on Patrick O’Brian’s wildly popular Aubrey-Maturin novels. Added bonus: It airs on IFC on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

“Purple Noon (Plein Soleil)”

Based on the novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith, this tale of identity theft, privilege, and a heart of darkness is a brilliantly tense mystery. The novel was later made into a film of the same name by Anthony Minghella. While much of the action takes place on land, the real drama happens on open water or at least off the bow of the boat. And, ladies, if you haven’t met Alain Delon, yet, you may want to clear your movie dance card.

“Deep Water” airs on IFC today at 1:15 p.m. ET; Also on Monday, Mar. 14 at 6:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET

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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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