All Six Parts Of The Coen Bros’ THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS Sound Awesome

Finally, some plot details on the Coens' "omnibus" western series.

So, here's some interesting news about The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, the new Coen Brothers project that's headed our way via the folks at Annapurna: according to The Albuquerque Journal (and as spotted by The Playlist), the series is actually a "feature-length omnibus" comprised of six individual stories. 

Why it's being referred to as a "feature-length omnibus" rather than "an anthology series" isn't entirely clear, but the plot descriptions for each installment sound pretty great. Here's how they've got it broken down:

The first of the six is about a singing cowboy and is the title story.

The second, “Near Algodones,” is about a high-plains drifter whose own fecklessness dogs his attempts at bank robbery and cattle driving.

The third, “Meal Ticket,” follows an actor and impresario of a traveling show.

The fourth, “All Gold Canyon,” is about a prospector who happily finds a gold seam but then unhappily finds an evil encroacher.

The fifth, “The Gal Who Got Rattled,” follows two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.

Lastly, “The Mortal Remains,” about the five very different passengers on a stagecoach of mysterious destination.

Yup. Every one of those stories sounds very Coen Bros. in nature. We're still not clear on how it's all going to fit together - will each installment stand on its own under the Ballad Of Buster Scruggs banner? Will they overlap? Thread through one another? - but you can rest assured that we are standing by and waiting to learn more. 

Until then, here's a recommendation: maybe take this weekend to revisit True Grit, a movie we all loved but simply don't talk about enough. I'm adding it to my to-do list as we speak.

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