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New Yorkers: go see “Love Exposure!”

New Yorkers: go see “Love Exposure!” (photo)

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In general, I would describe myself as a bitter, jaded, misanthropic cynic who has forgotten how to feel joy while watching a movie (“Dead inside,” my wife added, when I read her that description. “You forgot dead inside.”). I have seen so many movies in the last ten years, that sometimes I feel like I’ve seen every movie. That’s why I want to give a quick heads up about one movie that brought me a great deal of joy when I saw at Fantastic Fest back in 2009, one that is as refreshingly unusual as movies get. It’s “Love Exposure” from Japanese director Sion Sono. It opens this Friday in New York City at Cinema Village.

The lengthy delay between festival premiere and theatrical release is easy to explain: this movie is totally bugshit insane. And it’s about a hero, forced to commit crimes so he can confess his sins to his ultra-religious father, who starts to take upskirt photos of girls. And he uses martial arts while he does it. And he cross-dresses. Oh, and it’s 237 minutes long. In other words: not exactly a formula for box office gold. But it is a recipe for wonderfully eclectic cinema. Here is the trailer:

And here’s how I described the film in a review I wrote of the film at Fantastic Fest 2009:

“Extremely silly at times, genuinely thought-provoking at others, and frequently both all at once, the film boasts the rare quality of looking nothing like anything you’ve seen before. It lifts up your spirit as it lifts up your skirt.”

I wouldn’t expect it to last long in theaters. Movies this unique rarely do. Make sure you see it while you can.

Interested in “Love Exposure?” If you see it, we want to know what you think. 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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