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“Bunraku” trailer promises a world of cowboys & samurai

“Bunraku” trailer promises a world of cowboys & samurai (photo)

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“Gangbusters, a cowboy, in a world without guns, and a samurai with no sword team up to defeat a common evil.”

It sounds so simple when you put it that way. Those are the opening expository lines of the trailer to “Bunraku,” the freaky deaky looking upcoming gangbusters & cowboys & samurai mashup movie starring Josh hartnett, Woody Harrelson and the very busy Demi Moore (she’s also in the “Margin Call” trailer we brought you yesterday). On a side note: Moore would have been great lead for a female James Bond-type movie, just as long as the character’s name was something like Angelina Less. And then the tagline could have been “MOORE. IS. LESS.” That’s a guaranteed hit.

The tagline for “Bunraku”‘s a little longer: “They’ll risk everything for honor, for power, for justice, for love, for revenge.” So basically they’ll risk everything for everything. Kinda feels like movie overload: every kind of cinematic action archetype with every kind of motivation. It’s the “ubermovie.” I think Nietzsche wrote about that in “Thus Spoke Zarathustra.”

Here’s the trailer:

“Bunraku” played last year’s Fantastic Fest where, admittedly, it didn’t receive glowing reviews (Film School Rejects called it “rather boring with no real standout action sequences, no memorable quotes, no emotional investment in any of the characters and no funny moments”). I’m still curious if only for that unique blend of genres, the impressive looking fight scenes, and the production design, which looks like “Sucker Punch” by way of a samurai-themed shopping mall. With all that, how can you not be curious? Ubermovies come along so rarely.

“Bunraku” will be available on VOD on September 1 and opens in limited release on September 30. Psyched to see it? 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

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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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