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What to watch on IFC tonight: Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm”


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Terry Gilliam makes some crazy movies. From “Time Bandits” to “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” to “12 Monkeys” the former Monty Python star makes movies that create cinematic waves by pushing the envelope between high brow and lowbrow, reality and fantasy, fiction and fact, whimsy and whatever is the opposite of whimsy. His films are kooky confections with an acerbic undercoating that are endlessly entertaining and just plain fun to watch. Which is exactly why we love his movies so darn much.

One of his films that you may have missed is 2005’s “The Brothers Grimm,” which we are airing tonight at 8/7c. Now is your chance to rectify that mistake and see the movie. The fantasy revisits the famous Grimm fairytales chronicles the adventures of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm played by noted handsome people Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. The brothers claim to be the most powerful and feared enemies of the armies of darkness, because that sounds so much better than con men. They spend their time traveling from town to town in French-occupied Germany in the late 18th century, staging hauntings, possessions and general supernatural nuisances in order to get paid to get rid of them. However, when several young girls disappear from a small French village the authorities task the Brothers Grimm with leading the investigation. The residents suspect dark forces …and it turns out they’re right. The kidnappings come courtesy of the Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci), who needs blood to maintain her own beauty and immortality and the Grimm brothers are the only ones who can stop her. Gene Seymour of Newsday called the film “a great compound of rip-snorting Gothic fantasy and Python-esque dark comedy” and he was right. It’s a Gilliam film through and through, and for Gilliam junkies, it’s a must see.

Watch the trailer then be sure to tune in tonight at 8/7c:

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“The Brothers Grimm” airs tonight at 8 PM ET; Monday, Sep. 10 at 8 PM ET; Tuesday, Sep. 11 at 1:00 AM ET; Friday, Sep. 14 at 10:30 PM ET; and Wednesday, Sep. 19 at 10:15 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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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