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“Bad Lieutenant” and Five Harvey Keitel Movies We Love


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Abel Ferrara’s 1992 cult film, Bad Lieutenant, is a bleak, dismal, and punishingly grim film. In a good way. The New York City of Ferrara’s movie is filled with all of the venial and most of the deadly sins. Harvey Keitel delivers a showstopping performance as a brutal corrupt cop so dirty he has started disgusting even himself. If his life got any more sordid, he could probably sell tickets. The least of his vices is gambling, which has gotten him in trouble with the mob. He abuses his body with drugs and his soul with hookers, and now he’s turned to exploiting teenage girls for sex. His investigation of the rape of a nun brings him face-to-face with his longing for redemption. Keitel owned the role, and didn’t shy away from showing all of himself (full frontal, even) to the audience. It’s a staggering performance, but that is what we have come to expect from Mr. Keitel, whether it’s in “Pulp Fiction” as The Wolf or in “The Piano” as Naked Yet Again Keitel. However we couldn’t put all of his movies in our top five, even though they are like children to us and our affection for his films know no bounds. Plus he had roles in “Dark Shadows” and “Hogan’s Heroes,” which made our decisions that much more difficult. Pretty sure this is what “Sophie’s Choice” was about. Just for you we persevered.

Here are five Harvey Keitel movies we love:

1. “Taxi Driver”

2. “Reservoir Dogs”

3. Smoke

4. Three Seasons

5. From Dusk Till Dawn

“Bad Lieutenant” airs on IFC at 10:30 p.m. ET

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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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