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Watch: Kanye West’s short film “Runaway”

Watch: Kanye West’s short film “Runaway” (photo)

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From the opening shot of “Runaway” it’s clear Kanye West is operating on some new level — at least visually — thematically it’s all wtf. We see a man (Kanye), shirt billowing, running like his life depends on it down a dark road with an ominous fog behind him. It’s a fantastic shot that makes me really want to see the next scene of that movie. And it only gets more visually impressive from there, but also all, music video, for better or worse.

A fireball plummets from the sky, delivering a hot, feathered, phoenix babe and Kanye takes her back to his pad (See Cool Guys Don’t Look At Explosions). Soon he’s fingering a midi production controller, while his new bird’s quivering and undulating to his beats. It’s hilarious shit, brilliant even, but I can’t tell if the director is serious.

I like this quote that Vulture noted down by Kanye when the film premiered in NY:

“Think big, set your goals high. I mean, a 35 minute film — we did it. We so seventies right now. We rock stars, fuck y’all’s opinion.”

Later it becomes clearer what Kanye’s message is, as delivered by his feathered friend, “Anything that is different you try to change, you try to tear it down,” she says, presumably of mainstream pop culture (and bloggers).

Then there’s an exchange of hilariously bad dialogue:

Phoenix Babe
If I don’t burn I can’t go back to my world.

I don’t want you to go back to your world, I want you to stay here with me.

Phoenix Babe
I have to burn

No, I’ll never let you burn.

And then Kanye gets a mouth full of feathers before the film cuts back to that opening shot. See what happens yourself in this possibly NSFW unedited version:

(If that’s unavailable go here)

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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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