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Five Mark Ruffalo Roles We Love


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We are planning on keeping you up past your bedtime tonight. Not only are we airing Vin Diesel’s sci fi action thriller “Pitch Black,” but afterwards we’re showing “Blindness,” The film is a Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s novel. While you may be shocked to learn that “Pitch Black” was not written by a Nobel Prize winner, the films do have something in common. Specifically, they are both based in dystopian futures where things aren’t going so well. However instead of fighting prehistoric blood-thirsty creatures like in “Pitch Black”, the characters in “Blindness” are fittingly fighting an epidemic of blindness. Mark Ruffalo stars as an eye doctor who awakens one morning to find that he suffers from the unexplained disorder. He, along with other victims, is sent to a government detention center so that they can be quarantined. His wife (Julianne Moore) pretends to be blind so that she can be with him inside the institution. Their time in the center grows more and more desperate as food and supplies dwindle, and one of the other citizens (Gael García Bernal) exercises dictatorial control over the others after he acquires a weapon.

As usual, the YouTube comments on the trailer are fantastically helpful in describing the brilliance of the film: “A brilliant film, truly scary, gives an insight to how fragile we really are if we just lose one thing about us.” And, of course, “Do not watch this movie if you are an idiot who does not know what a metaphor is. The entire movie is a metaphor.” Got that? That said, the frailty of the human condition, metaphorically or physically, that the film attempts to capture, would be for nothing if it wasn’t for the subtle and masterful acting by the wildly skilled cast. Of course this is another area where “Blindness” and “Pitch Black” overlap. You can’t argue with the fact that Vin Diesel carried the wait of “Pitch Black” in his bare chest and icy eyes. Similarly, Mark Ruffalo manages to stand out in “Blindness” despite being in a cast so full of amazing actors it would make James Lipton kick over a chair in the Actor’s Studio. But that’s what we’ve come to expect from Ruffalo. Be it in “Windtalkers” or “Reservation Road” or “In the Cut,” he consistently delivers brilliant, understated and natural performances. We also hear he’s great in “My Life Without Me,” but we’ve never been able to tell due to all the crying.

Here are five of our favorite Mark Ruffalo roles:

1. The Hulk in “The Avengers”

2. Terry Prescott in “You Can Count On Me”

3. Paul in “The Kids Are All Right”

4. Inspector David Toschi in “Zodiac”

5. Chuck Aule in “Shutter Island”

Here’s the trailer for “Blindness”:

“Blindness” airs tonight at 12:30 AM ET/11:30 p.m. CT and again at 3 a.m. ET/ 2 a.m.CT

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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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