Indie Screams Goes ‘Near Dark’

Indie Screams Goes ‘Near Dark’ (photo)

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Long before Kathryn Bigelow won her Academy Award for directing the heck out of Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker, she was hatching a grisly tale out in the Oklahoma farmlands. Near Dark is a pupu platter of vampire legends, cowboy westerns, and biker movies, a combo in unskilled hands could be queasy-making, but under Bigelow’s charge it is a deliciously darkly erotic horror fest.

Adrian Pasdar, who you might recognize from his recent stint on Heroes, stars as Caleb, the hapless farm fellow who falls for the beautiful blonde Mae (Jenny Wright). Mae happens to be a vampire, but they don’t let this fact stand in the way of their love. I mean, if those crazy Twilight kids can make it work, why can’t every vampire human couple? Well one problem is that Mae’s crew of vagabond vamps are definitely not on the Cullens’ “vegetarian” diet. The head of the vamp family is Lance Henriksen, who is creepy as ever as the ancient leader. (I mean, there is no way that Lance is ever getting the lead in a rom-com, right?) Bill Paxton is in the mix, too (no co-wives, though).

This film marked Kathryn Bigelow’s first solo directorial effort and it is a striking one. According to IMDB, the film’s producer, Edward S. Feldman told her that if she couldn’t handle it after five days, she would be replaced. She handled it with panache and created a film so hard edged and violent that it would put most men to shame. When watching Near Dark it is easy to see the seeds of Bigelow’s Oscar-winning turn in the director’s chair. Clearly a woman who has no qualms about chucking a bunch of violent vamps in a Winnebago will have no issues blowing up a leading heartthrob in the first ten minutes of her film.

Watch the trailer for Near Dark and then tune in tonight at midnight:

Near Dark airs at midnight E.T., as part of Indie Screams

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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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