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Trailering: “Senna”

Trailering: “Senna” (photo)

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I’m starting to hear a lot of buzz via friends and assorted social media acquaintances about “Senna,” the documentary on legendary Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. The film, told entirely through archival footage of and interviews with Senna, won audience awards at the 2011 Sundance and Los Angeles Film Festivals and is already the third highest grossing documentary in history in Britain. It’s coming to theaters next month; here’s the trailer.

For some more background on the film, an official synopsis:

“Mythical driver Ayrton Senna, considered to be one of the all-time great racers in Formula One history, was to racing what Muhammad Ali was to boxing. ‘Senna,’ directed by Asif Kapadia (‘The Warrior’), turns the spotlight on this legendary Brazilian athlete, as his pulse-pounding story unfolds through new archival images that lend cinematic gravity to the documentary form.”

And here’s what Stephen Saito had to say about the film, in his review from South by Southwest:

“‘Senna’ is so well-crafted, from its emotionally wrenching bookends to the seamless way the film simplifies the unexpectedly byzantine backroom machinations of the sport that the driver was so frustrated by (many of which are caught with almost shocking fly-on-the-wall footage), it’s hard to argue the director and a team of editors hasn’t achieved the closest approximation of Senna’s dream of ‘pure racing’ onscreen.”

I’m not a big Formula One guy — and by “not a big Formula One guy” I mean I’ve never watched even a minute of a single race in my entire life — but the film sounds fascinating and I could definitely go for some “pure racing” onscreen. We’ll have more coverage of “Senna” when the film opens on August 12.

What’s your favorite movie about racing? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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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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