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What to Watch on IFC: “Apocalypto”


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What’s black and white and red all over? “Apocalypto.” By black and white we mean there is no grey area when it comes to this film. The world is ending and the foundation of the Mayan civilization is crumbling. But for one guy, his bad day is about to get worse. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is a peaceful hunter from a remote forest tribe whose life is about to be changed forever when his village is raided and he is unlucky enough to be chosen as a sacrifice. (Don’t even bother playing the lottery, dude!) For some reason the Mayan leaders are convinced that his life is needed as a sacrifice to appease the gods; the Mayan deities have demanded it because they are, you know, dicks and now the brave young hunter is forced to navigate a horrific new world of fear and oppression. Jaguar Paw prepares to risk it all in one final, desperate attempt to preserve his dying way of life, his pregnant wife and young son. It’s an action adventure flick that is not to be missed.

Inspired by such ancient Mayan texts as the Popul Vuh, “Apocalypto” marks a comprehensive collaboration between director Mel Gibson (yes, that Mel Gibson), Cambridge-educated screenwriter Farhad Safinia, and world-renowned archeologist and Mayan culture expert Dr. Richard D. Hansen — whose services as a special consultant on the film lent the production an unprecedented degree of historical accuracy. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring. Far from it. It’s an apocalypse film that rivals “Armageddon” or “Independence Day,” but the actors are wearing loin cloths instead of whatever it is Ben Affleck had on his head. Trust us: You’re gonna want to see this.

“Apocalypto” airs on IFC tonight at 10:15 PM ET; Friday, May. 4 at 1:15 AM ET; Sunday, May. 27 at 8:00 PM ET; and Thursday, May. 31 at 8:00 PM 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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