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Short film “Portal: No Escape” teleports you into the awesomeness of Aperture Science

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Portal” gets a lot of love on the internets, and with good reason. The ingenuity of its brain-bending, physics-based puzzles, the snarky antagonism of passive-aggressive AI villain GLaDOS and the singularly well-executed gimmick of on-demand teleportation all combined to make it one of the best games ever made. By the time, you reach its affecting, musical aftermath you’re ready to do it all over again.

So, it’s natural that “Portal” video tributes tend to come in a steady stream. Hell, one guy even had a custom “Portal 2” level made to propose to his girlfriend with. But, “Portal: No Escape” from director Dan Trachtenberg sets a high bar for anyone looking to capture the energy of Valve’s hit games.

Actress Danielle Rayne (“All My Children”) does a lot with her physicality to effective channel the mute tenacity of test subject Chell and what it might actually be like to be trapped in Aperture Science’s dank halls. “No Escape” is a slow build but the moody music and incremental tension lets Trachtenberg nod at signature tropes from the games, like the grafitti that serves as environmental storytelling. All that pacing that Rayne does echoes the player experience in a “Portal” game. You walk the square footage of a space, getting to know it, looking for the secret mechanism that will let you escape. Then comes the “holy sh*t! moment of realization that you can manipulate your relationship to that space. Coming to grips with what that gun can do is a defining aspect of “Portal.”

The fling-where you jump off a great height and use momentum to vault over huge horizontal distances-is one of the signature mechanics of the “Portal” games and it’s used to great, gasp-inducing effect in “No Escape.” The jackbooted security thugs chasing Rayne/Chell around are a poor substitute for the sad sack robot turrets in the games, but that’s clearly where Trachtenberg ran up against budgetary constraints. Still, he manages to pull off a great cliffhanger that’ll surprise even hardcore fans.

The only thing that mars “No Escape” is the absence of Ellen McLain’s voicework as GlaDOS, but the film still succeeds despite that. Here’s hoping we see more of Trachtenberg’s “Portal” vision soon.

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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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