How to Make it ‘In America’

How to Make it ‘In America’ (photo)

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America is a melting pot. We all know that from civics class. But hearing about something in a classroom and seeing an immigration story come to life on the silver screen, reinforces the message. In America shows the best and worst of trying to make it in America. It is beautifully acted, magical, sad, and ultimately heartwarming.

Paddy Considine, who you may recognize from 24 Hour Party People or, more likely, Hot Fuzz, stars as a father who brings his wife and daughters to America in the hope of finding work as an actor. Work is hard to come by though and he and Samantha Morton (Woody Allen’s Sweet and Low Down) take menial jobs to hold the family together. Their daughters (played by sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger) scarcely seem to notice the family’s struggles as they invent a world of fun, fairytales, and magic in their decrepit tenement building filled with junkies, artists, and transvestites. The girls befriend the artist Djimon Hounsou who becomes a mentor and confidante to the whole family. Hounsou’s Mateo was so perfectly heartbreaking that he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2004, becoming the first African to be nominated for an Oscar

In America is sentimental without being treacly. There’s a lot of hugging, but it’s so authentic, you don’t mind. The overwhelming feeling you get from the film is simply love. It is clear from the sentiment imbued in every shot that the film is very personal to filmmaker Jim Sheridan. In fact, the story is loosely based on Sheridan’s own family’s immigration to America. Sheridan has explored his Irish roots in his films In the Name of the Father and My Left Foot, but took a more sentimental tact with his immigration story. Sheridan co-wrote In America with his two daughters and dedicated it to his brother who died at the age of ten.

Watch the trailer now and tune in later. You won’t regret it.

In America airs on IFC at 4:30 p.m. ET

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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.


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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