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By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 30, 2006

Samurai 7 will be preceded (at 10 pm) by the “relaunch” and reconceptualization of Henry’s Film Corner, now more broad-based and renamed The Henry Rollins Show. As you’ve probably guessed, the once-monthly, now weekly program is hosted by Mr. Rollins (sometime actor, former lead singer of Black Flag, and utterly awful current television interviewer), who is breathlessly described in the press notes as “IFC’s own Samurai!”

The lone episode made available for preview features “the always outspoken [not here, however] historian” (!) Oliver Stone, a musical performance by Sleater-Kinney and Henry’s indefensible defense of Keanu Reeves. Uh, IFC? Perhaps, recalling your core mission of presenting “TV, uncut,” you should desist from this kind of programming and continue taking real chances with promising series like Samurai 7. But do us all a favor — air them truly uncut, in their original language, and not passably dubbed into English.

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