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An Unbridled Conversation With “Buck”

An Unbridled Conversation With “Buck” (photo)

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I have ridden a horse exactly three times in my life. Once I almost got thrown, once our entire group got lost on the trail, and once I got saddled, no pun intended, with Watusi the Farting Horse. That was the ranch’s nickname for him, by the way, not mine, but he certainly earned it. Oh, how he earned it.

In other words, I don’t have a great deal of love for horses. I don’t imagine them as grand or majestic creatures; I think of them as stinky mounts of the damned here to emotionally scar camp kids for life (You hear that Watusi? I can never enjoy 60s dance crazes without thinking of horse farts because of you! Yes, I am berating a horse on the Internet. Like I said, scarred for life.) Maybe that’s why I liked the new documentary “Buck,” about legendary horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, so much: because I didn’t expect to like it. Even for a city slicker like me, its subject is fascinating.

Brannaman is the guy when it comes to horse whispering. The titular character of the famous novel by Nicholas Evans is based on him, and when Redford adapted the book into a film of the same name, Brannaman was his technical advisor and even a stunt double. The documentary shows his life on the road, teaching seminars all over the country, and recounts the dark childhood that helped make him the man he has become. And, as you’ll see in our interview from South by Southwest 2011 with the star and his director, Cindy Meehl, Brannaman is also one hell of a snappy dresser.

“Buck” opens in limited release this Friday. If you see it, we want to hear what you think. Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook!

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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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