The National Film Registry Class of 2010

The National Film Registry Class of 2010 (photo)

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The Hollywood Reporter has the list of this year’s selections for the National Film Registry. Selected by the Library of Congress, these “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant will be preserved forever to ensure their availability for future generations of cineastes.

The roster this year runs the gamut, from early silents (like 1906’s actuality “A Trip Down Market Street”) to the avant-garde (like Larry’s Jordan’s 1969 collage film “Our Lady of the Sphere”) to mainstream blockbusters (like disco hallmark “Saturday Night Fever”). Interestingly, there’s quite a few contributions this year from major filmmakers who’ve recently passed away, from directors Irvin Kershner (“The Empire Strikes Back”) and Blake Edwards (“The Pink Panther”) to actor Leslie Nielsen (“Airplane!”).

Here’s the full list of the newly inducted members of the National Film Registry. All links will take you to their IMDb page (if you’re interested in more detailed descriptions of all the films, you can find that at THR). Also: the public is welcome to suggest titles for future preservation. You can submit up to 50 movies for consideration per year to dross@loc.gov; maybe if we start a letter-writing campaign we can get “Ghostbusters” in the class of 2011. Also also: I’ve embedded “Our Lady of the Sphere” below.

National Film Registry Class of 2010
1. “Airplane!” (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, 1980)
2. “All the President’s Men” (Alan J. Pakula, 1976)
3. “The Bargain” (Reginald Barker, 1914)
4. “Cry of Jazz” (Edward Bland, 1959)
5. “Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB” (George Lucas, 1967)
6. “The Empire Strikes Back” (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
7. “The Exorcist” (William Friedkin, 1973)
8. “The Front Page” (Lewis Milestone, 1931)
9. “Grey Gardens” (Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer, 1976)
10. “I Am Joaquin” (Luis Valdez, 1969)
11. “It’s A Gift” (Norman Z. McLeod, 1934)
12. “Let There Be Light” (John Huston, 1946)
13. “Lonesome” (Paul Fejos, 1928)
14. “Make Way For Tomorrow” (Leo McCarey, 1937)
15. “Malcolm X” (Spike Lee, 1992)
16. “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” (Robert Altman, 1971)
17. “Newark Athlete” (W.K.L. Dickson, 1891)
18. “Our Lady of the Sphere” (Larry Jordan, 1969)
19. “The Pink Panther” (Blake Edwards, 1964)
20. “Preservation of the Sign Language” (George Veditz, 1913)
21. “Saturday Night Fever” (John Badham, 1977)
22. “Study of a River” (Peter B. Hutton, 1996)
23. “Tarantella” (Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth, 1940)
24. “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” (Elia Kazan, 1945)
25. “A Trip Down Market Street” (Uncredited, 1906)

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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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