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Grandpa fight! Check out an exclusive clip from the documentary “Knuckle”

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Boxing gloves are for wimps.

The upcoming documentary “Knuckle” chronicles a decade in the neverending feud between Irish Traveller clans. For reasons neither can quite remember, the Quinn McDonaghs and the Joyces have been at each other’s throats for generations. Their arguments simmer through elaborate taunting videos they record and send to one another (and, nowadays, post on YouTube) and then explode at frequent underground bare knuckle boxing matches.

It was a fluke that director Ian Palmer discovered this world, and it was even more unlikely that he, an outsider among the Travellers, would be invited to document year after year in the war between the Quinn McDonaghs and Joyces. But that’s exactly what happened, and the gripping “Knuckle” is the result.

In this exclusive clip from the film, which opens on December 9, you get a taste of what an underground bare knuckle boxing match looks like: it’s a bloody, angry mess. You’ll see two older dudes — grandfathers, as Palmer notes in his voiceover — going at it. The reasons aren’t given, mostly because they’re irrelevant. Fighting is simply and sadly a part of life for these people. And they’re kind of terrifyingly good at it.

Take a look, but be careful if you’re squeamish: one of these guys gets good and bloody. For more on “Knuckle,” check out my interview with Palmer and subject James Quinn McDonagh at Fantastic Fest. And please: do not try this at home. Gloves may be for wimps, but concussions are for tough guys.

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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

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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