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The rowdiest awards show of all.

The rowdiest awards show of all. (photo)

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We’re deep in awards season, bunkered down for the next three months in a landslide of commendations and speeches soon to be lost to history. So let’s take a second to salute the British Independent Film Awards, which took place Sunday night, and which celebrate movies costing less than £10 million — the UK equivalent, that is, of the Gotham and Spirit Awards. And, like them, kind of boozy.

Recipients included Andrea Arnold, who was named Best Director for “Fish Tank,” “Moon” (which I like to refer to as “Michael Clayton In Space”) which got Best Picture, and Carey Milligan, who took another lay-up Best Actress award for “An Education.” But who cares who won? What sets the BIFAs is a pleasing air of disheveled eccentricity that makes the allegedly carefree Golden Globes look like a trial at The Hague.

It’s not just that, for example, Arnold decided early on from table placement she hadn’t won and proceeded to get ragingly drunk, then giving a speech where she said “That’s a really big thing. Well, it’s a little glass thing, but it’s a big thing.”

12082009_bifa.jpgNo, it’s built into the awards themselves, which have all kinds of lovely names. There are two honorary awards I particularly like. The award “for outstanding contribution to British film” (presented to Michael Caine this year), named for the late Richard Harris, known as an actor but better known (perhaps even primarily so) as one of the 20th century’s outstanding drinkers, and who founded Alcoholics Unanimous: “If you don’t feel like a drink, you ring another member and he comes over to persuade you.”

The award for Best Debut Director is named for Douglas Hickox — it was his annual bequest that helped kick-start the ceremony in the first place. As a director, he’s best known for making do with the shoddy scripts he was given — the campy but fun Vincent Price vehicle “Theater of Blood,” the John Wayne-vs.-England spectacle “Brannigan,” three episodes of “Dirty Dozen: The Series.” A career derailed by circumstances beyond his control, surely, but it’s nice to see that, in this way, he lives on.

[Photo: “Fish Tank,” IFC Films, 2009; the 2008 BIFAs, courtesy of bifa.org.uk]

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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