Ahoy! Five Nautical Flicks To Watch After ‘Deep Water’

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Today at 1:15 p.m. ET, the historical documentary “Deep Water” airs on IFC. The film chronicles one of the most infamous nautical tragedies — the 1968 voyage of Donald Crowhurst around the world as part of the Golden Globe sailing competition. The directors use narration from Crowhurst’s journals, archival film, and interviews with the sailor’s family, friends, and colleagues to craft a portrait of a man sinking rapidly into a pit of despair as he comes face to face with his own darkest nightmares of personal failure. But don’t worry, there’s no Celine Dion theme song to really depress you. If this film gives you a taste for the briny deep, here are five more nautical films to have you dreaming of setting sail:

“The African Queen”

In the middle of World War I in German East Africa, Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn decide to take down a German warship using only a small boat and their wits. If it wasn’t Bogie and Hepburn it would sound ludicrous, but together these two can do anything.

“The Poseidon Adventure”

Ernest Borgnine stars in this action-packed film about the capsizing of a luxury ocean liner by a tsunami. In a desperate attempt to survive the shipwreck a handful of survivors led by Borgnine journey up to the bottom of the ocean liner before it sinks.


If there’s any landlubber in you, this film will appeal to it. Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller sets Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw against a man-eating great white shark. The result is terror from the deep frightening enough to win a place on our list of scariest movies ever.

“The Master and Commander: Far Side of the World”

Director Peter Weir’s first turn behind the camera since 1998’s “The Truman Show,” stars Russell Crowe as the swashbuckling Jack Aubrey, Captain of the HMS Surprise. Set during the Napoleonic wars, the movie won the Oscar for Best Cinematography based on it’s breathtaking scenes of life at sea. The film is based on Patrick O’Brian’s wildly popular Aubrey-Maturin novels. Added bonus: It airs on IFC on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

“Purple Noon (Plein Soleil)”

Based on the novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith, this tale of identity theft, privilege, and a heart of darkness is a brilliantly tense mystery. The novel was later made into a film of the same name by Anthony Minghella. While much of the action takes place on land, the real drama happens on open water or at least off the bow of the boat. And, ladies, if you haven’t met Alain Delon, yet, you may want to clear your movie dance card.

“Deep Water” airs on IFC today at 1:15 p.m. ET; Also on Monday, Mar. 14 at 6:00 a.m. and 1:30 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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