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“The Raid” busts our brains with a sick red-band trailer

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Last night my Twitter feed lit up like a Christmas tree with buzz from the Toronto Film Festival. An Indonesian action film called “The Raid” had kicked off the festival’s Midnight Madness cult movie sidebar, and apparently it was amazing. MSN Movies’ James Rocchi even went so far as to call it “the best Aristotelian-unity action film since “Die Hard.” Holy crap. That’s insane.

The enthusiasm didn’t diminish with the full reviews that hit the web this morning, either. Drew McWeeny over at HitFix called it “a near perfect action movie” and The Hollywood Reporter breathlessly described a screening had “people cheering, wincing and shaking their heads in disbelief.” They also gave some interesting backstory about the film’s director, Gareth Evans. Though the film was made in Indonesia, he’s originally from Wales. He married an Indonesian woman and became enmeshed in the local film scene. Holy crap. That’s insane too.

One of the problems with film festivals — although they’ve gotten better these days thanks to some clever independent distributors and the magic of video on demand — is that they get you psyched for movies you can’t see for months or even years. So hats off to whoever was behind the decision to drop a sick red-band trailer for “The Raid” on the internet the day after the glowing reviews. That is some smart marketing right there.

Here is that trailer, courtesy MTV News. It is pretty bloody, so unless you work as a really imprecise coroner, it’s NSFW. The film has been acquired by Sony — who, Deadline reports, have brought Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda on to write a new score — but no release date has been announced yet. Based on this trailer, I hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Is that the craziest action trailer of the year? Tell us what you think 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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