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Test Your Foreign (Version of American) Film Knowledge With Lurking Title

Test Your Foreign (Version of American) Film Knowledge With Lurking Title (photo)

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Slate’s Brow Beat had a fun post on Friday about the strange world of foreign versions of American film titles. So for example, and for no particular reason, a movie like “Not Another Teen Movie” might be released in France under the title “Sex Academy” (okay there is a particular reason and it’s pretty obvious, too). It’s not the first time I’ve read about this subject — The Huffington Post had a good slideshow about this a couple years ago, where I learned that Germans call “Annie Hall” “Urban Neurotic” — but Slate’s piece threw in an extra wrinkle: a link to awesomely entertaining, time-sucking website called Lurking Title.

Here’s how it works: you click to start the game and are presented with an American film’s foreign language title and the posters for eight movies. You have to guess which of the movies belongs to the title. So, for example, I just started up a new round and the title I got was “If Flying Dreams,” and the options I had to choose from included “Withnail and I,” “Finding Neverland,” “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” and “Red Dragon.” Since I know “Nixon” involves a man on a plane I picked that — and I was wrong (it was “Finding Neverland”). You only get so many incorrect answers before the game is over and you have to start over and if you get enough right you can advance to higher rounds. So far my best score is deep into Round 3.

For a movie nerd it’s a crazy addictive guessing game. And it’s not as easy as it sounds. Is Italy’s “International Intrigue” “North by Northwest” or “Under Siege?” Is Germany’s “In the Beginning There Was Murder” “Stranger Than Fiction” or “10,000 BC?” Is Poland’s “The Price of Courage” “A Mighty Heart” or “The Brave One?”* Some of the titles miss the mark completely: I’m not sure if Hungary’s interpretation of “Do the Right Thing” — “Eye For an Eye” — really hits at the complexity of the arguments involved. But some of the titles are kind of awesome: I love “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but Sweden’s version, “Shadows of the South,” would be a great title for that (or any) film as well.

Anyway, go check out the site. Now I have to go pretend to write some more and play for about two more hours.

*(Answers: “North by Northwest,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” and “A Mighty Heart.” In all three cases I guessed incorrectly.)

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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.

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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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