Who Can Choose? Some Of Our Five Favorite Sarah Polley Films

Who Can Choose? Some Of Our Five Favorite Sarah Polley Films (photo)

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One of our favorite movies, Michael Winterbottom’s The Claim is hitting the IFC airways tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The film takes Thomas Hardy’s “The Mayor of Casterbridge” and transplants it to 19th century America. It stars Milla Jovovich as a brothel owner, Peter Mullan as the town’s ersatz mayor, and Nastassja Kinski as an ailing newcomer whose arrival means trouble for the town. Accompanying her is her teenage daughter Hope, played by the talented Sarah Polley.

Sarah Polley has a knack for picking great movies, so we thought we would take a moment and countdown our top picks. While there is a good chance that the sci fi horror film Splice should be on the list, we have not seen it and cannot judge it’s merits. As for Dawn of the Dead, we talked about that yesterday.

In no particular order, here are our five favorite Sarah Polley movies:

It’s no secret that Go! is an IFC favorite:

Atom Egoyan’s Sweet Hereafter is a hauntingly beautiful portrait of a town reeling in the wake of an unthinkable tragedy:

It is physically impossible to hate Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen. Want to argue? Do it in the comments:

Oscar Winner Kathryn Bigelow directed the thriller The Weight of Water, casting Sarah Polley as a long-dead murder victim whose death has contemporary meaning. It also stars Sean Penn and Elizabeth Hurley:

Isabel Coixet’s My Life Without Me puts Sarah Polley in the position of trying to make the most out of a life cut short. Like many of Sarah Polley’s films it is intermittently heartbreaking, beautiful, and funny:

The Claim airs on IFC at 8 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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