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As you prepare for Trapped in the Closet, here are ten great sing-along flicks

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6. “The Wall”

This 1982 project certainly isn’t the happiest of sing-alongs due to director Alan Parker and animator Gerald Scarfe’s devastatingly surreal imagery of alienation and misery, but it’s an entire conceptual film built around some of Pink Floyd’s most iconic music. The members of the band weren’t happy with the final product – in fact, it started some of the friction that would eventually lead to their breakup – but this remains one of the all-time great movies to watch when you happen to be sampling the wonders of cannabis. (See also: A Hard Day’s Night and Across The Universe)


7. “Moulin Rouge”

2001 gave us Baz Lurhmann’s jukebox musical sensation about a turn-of-the-century cabaret in France, where the troubled yet dreamy poet Ewan McGregor falls for the glamorously fantastical courtesan Nicole Kidman. It’s lush, it’s colorful, it’s full of sexiness and it features every popular song you’ve ever heard – and working “Smells Like Teen Spirit” into a musical is a feat. Sure, McGregor does about as much screaming as singing, but none may deny its cult status. Plus, hookers! (See also: Chicago, Rock of Ages, Burlesque and, of course, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)


8. “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut”

You want twisted? This 1999 tour de force of cheap animation and profane madness from Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Marc Shaiman certainly fits the bill. From Satan being a misunderstood Disney princess having illicit sex with Saddam Hussein to Terrence and Philip gleefully singing “Uncle Fucka” while farting up a storm, you simultaneously can’t believe it was nominated for an Oscar and entirely disgruntled that it didn’t win. Whatever you think of how the TV series has aged, this movie still stands as a magical mixture of supremely messed-up ideas and a genuine love of the art of musicals. (See also: Cannibal: The Musical)


9. “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Norman Jewison’s 1973 adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera is as subversive as it is celebratory about the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, as played by Ted Neeley. It’s Carl Anderson’s Judas who steals the show –and stealing the show from Jesus must be some kind of sin. We completely understand Judas’ point of view questioning his divinity, and Jesus occasionally seems like kind of a dick, but by the end, the ultimate sacrifice is paid dearly and given the emotional weight it deserves, thanks to this climactic song that will never leave your mind once you hear it. (See also: “Jeepers Creepers Semi Star” from Mr. Show)


10. “Once”

And we close with the Oscar-winning Irish film that surprised a lot of people back in 2006, introducing the world to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The quietly emotional story of two star-crossed almost-lovers in Dublin who bonded over their isolation as well as their artistic collaborations produced one of the great albums of the ‘00s. The film isn’t necessarily a musical, as no one bursts into song inorganically, but nonetheless it’s at least 60% music. Good music. Personal music. Music that gets into your heart and stirs around your soulmeats – especially considering the quasi-tragic resolution of their unrequited feelings. These are songs you’ll sing when you’ve got something stuck in your chest that needs to get out. (See also: The Commitments)


What is your favorite sing along moviel? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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 IFC.com

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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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