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What to Watch This Week on IFC: Feb. 21 – 26


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While those chuckleheads in Game of Thrones are convinced that winter is coming, and that overgrown rodent Punxsutawney Phil thinks we have six weeks until spring, we know the truth. It’s the end of February and March is almost here, which means spring is in the air. Burn off the last few weeks of winter with us.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


Tune in at 10:15 p.m. ET for Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy.” Yep, the guy who brought you Beavis & Butthead (twice!) turns his gimlet eye on the future a la Woody Allen’s “Sleeper.” In the film, Luke Wilson plays an average soldier who is selected for a human hibernation project. He awakens 500 years in the future, and finds that society is so dumbed-down that he is the smartest person alive.


Director Kevin MacDonald teams with screenwriter Jeremy Brock to adapt Giles Foden’s novel “The Last King of Scotland.” The movie recounts the brutal reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. James McAvoy stars as the doctor who slowly realizes that he is trapped in an inescapable nightmare, and Forest Whitaker delivers an Oscar-winning performance in the role of the notorious despot. It starts at 8/7c.


Tonight at 8/7 c we are airing “Sin City” one of our all-time favorite book-to-screen adaptations of a graphic novel. Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City” weaves together multiple storylines from the comic series’ history into a violent crime noir tale that paints the picture of the ultimate town without pity through the eyes of its roughest characters.


Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein take over your television in an all new episode of “Portlandia” tonight at 10/9c. On tonight’s show, Portland’s favorite feminist bookstore “Women & Women First” commemorates its 10th anniversary, but Toni and Candace’s celebrations are cut short. The episode features guest stars Penny Marshall and Portland Trailblazer LaMarcus Aldridge.


It’s the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards! The 27th annual awards ceremony will be hosted by Seth Rogen, star of “Freaks and Geeks,” “The Pineapple Express,” and “Knocked Up.” This year, the Spirit Awards will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica and the premiere broadcast will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC. Will “The Artist” take it all? Come chat live about the nominees, the winners, the speeches, and who wore what right here on IFC Sync.


Desperado brothers (George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino) kidnap a preacher (Harvey Keitel) and his kids, commandeer their RV and wind up in a Mexican strip joint where vampires lurk. Yep, it’s Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn” at 8/7c.


Rev Up

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.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.