Maximum Rock With ‘Maximum Overdrive’

Maximum Rock With ‘Maximum Overdrive’ (photo)

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In tonight’s installment of Indie Screams we are bringing you the finest in demonic truck cinema. That’s right, Maximum Overdrive will run you down at midnight ET. The film stars Emilio Estevez as a short-order cook at a truck stop diner that becomes the last safe haven in the epic battle of man vs. machine.

Maximum Overdrive is writer Stephen King’s first and only directorial effort, though dozens of films have been based on his novels, including movies as diverse as Carrie, Stand By Me, and It. A lot of the films were made through his partnership with producer (and Giada sire) Dino De Laurentiis.

The film is not exactly a fright fest and would never have made the list of scariest horror movies ever, but it is a campy pop culture gem. Emilio Estevez was coming off his brat pack success in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire before signing on as Bill Robinson, tough-ass cook and stalwart defender of diners. Also keep an eye — or perhaps an ear — out for Yeardley Smith who is better known as the voice of Lisa Simpson.

But the best part of Maximum Overdrive is the hard-rocking soundtrack. The entire soundtrack is comprised exclusively of AC/DC songs. Apparently the band was Stephen King’s favorite and he didn’t even consider featuring any other band. AC/DC’s “Who Made Who”, “Chase the Ace” and “D.T.” were written specifically for the film and some of their best songs including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Hell’s Bells” were remixed for the movie. So here’s a little rock to brighten your day and get you in the mood for demonically possessed trucks:

Watch the trailer for Maximum Overdrive and then tune in tonight at midnight:

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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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