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We’re Not in Dogme 95 Any More, Toto

We’re Not in Dogme 95 Any More, Toto (photo)

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Via Bleeding Cool, a beautiful effects reel from Lars von Trier’s upcoming film “Melancholia,” which premieres in mere days at the Cannes Film Festival.

Melancholia (making of) from Platige Image on Vimeo.

The video, by effects house Platige Image, really showcases von Trier’s insanely awesome (and awesomely insane) attention to detail, and the degree to he radically alters even seemingly innocuous images using digital technology. Kirsten Dunst may look like she’s walking next to a tree, but that tree was added later, along with the moon, that other planet, and about eight other things in the frame. We’re not in Dogme 95 anymore, Toto.

If this is the first you’re hearing about it, “Melancholia,” which will be released in the United States by Magnolia Pictures in November, is an end-of-the-world movie about two sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. And when I say end-of-the-world movie, that’s exactly what I mean; according to von Trier, the film begins with the destruction of the entire Earth, then flashes back to the last days in the lives of its characters.

There was a lot of discussion about how much of von Trier’s last film, “Antichrist,” should or could be revealed by critics and writers. I was lucky enough to see “Antichrist” at its first Cannes screening, and got to appreciate it completely unprepared for what was going to happen. The suspense was a big selling point. “Come see what freaked out the international film community at Cannes!”

Now, it seems, von Trier is trying something radically different. He’s such a confrontational director that I wonder if part of his reason for making this film, and for declaring exactly what happens in it in advance, is a response to the “Antichrist” reaction and an an attack on our spoiler-obsessed culture. “You care that much about what happens? Well fine, I’ll tell you what happens before you’ve even set foot in the theater.”

The reel above shows there are lots more potential pleasures to this work beyond narrative twists. I’m plenty jealous I won’t get to see the film this week at Cannes, but I’ll be there in November.

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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