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Ten Favorite Movies From 1987

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Tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET, we are showing the 1987 classic “Less Than Zero.” Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel of the same name, this drama about the lifestyles of the rich and famous teenagers in Beverly Hills stars Brat Packers (remember the Brat Pack?) Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, James Spader, and Robert Downey Jr, but this is no high school flick. Ellis’ LA is about as far as you can get from John Hughes’ Sherman, Ohio. McCarthy is Clay, a college freshman who returns home during Christmas break. He reconnects with his old flame Blair (Gertz) who is now more interested in her new beau Julian (Downey, Jr.), the fun-loving party boy with a penchant for drugs, who rapidly spirals downward, addicted to cocaine and freebasing. His friends try halfheartedly to intervene, with no success and soon he is so far in debt to drug dealer Rip (Spader) that Julian becomes a male prostitute, whoring for enough money for his next fix. It’s an intense and deliciously dark film that highlights everything wrong with times. And what year was it made: 1987.

Here’s the thing: 1987 was one of the best years for film, possibly ever. The Best Picture Winner was Bertolucci’s epic “The Last Emperor,” and that vast, gorgeous, and sweepingly cinematic film was just the tip of the iceberg. From foreign shores came “The Year My Voice Broke” and Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire.” “Pelle the Conqueror,” “Babette’s Feast,” “Au Revoir Les Enfants,” and “My Life as a Dog” all came out that year as well. In the U.S. 1987 was just as hot. For dramas and documentaries, 1987 was an incredible year for filmmaking, including Spaulding Gray’s “Swimming to Cambodia,” “Matewan,” “Ironweed,” “The Dead,” “Good Morning, Vietnam.” On the other end of the spectrum, 1987 was also the year for some of the most lasting classic comedies, including “Moonstruck,” “Overboard,” “Eddie Murphy Raw,” “Adventures in Babysitting,” and “Throw Momma From the Train.” While 1987 did produce some clunkers (“Ishtar,” “Over the Top,” “Leonard Part 6,” “Mannequin”), even they have made a lasting impression on film buffs. While movies from 1987 have hilarious technology, bad hair, lot of saxophones, and everyone smokes, if you’re ever looking for a film, check out the offerings from 1987. It’s a fine vintage.

Here are ten of our favorite films from 1987, listed in no particular order:

1. “The Princess Bride”

2. “The Last Emperor”

3. “Spaceballs”

4. “Empire of the Sun”

5. “Less Than Zero”

6. “Lost Boys”

7. “Raising Arizona”

8. “Planes Trains & Automobiles”

9. “Evil Dead 2”

10. “Withnail and I”

*Bonus (because with this many good movies, we couldn’t keep it to ten):

Straight to Hell

“Less Than Zero” airs on IFC tonight at 10:20 p.m. ET and Saturday, Apr. 21 at 5:45 p.m. ET

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…