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What to Watch on IFC: March 7 – 13

What to Watch on IFC: March 7 – 13 (photo)

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Since ancient times going outside was risky. Whether you were getting plucked up like so much take out for a dinosaur’s dinner or running into one of those biblical plagues (frog falls? no thank you) it was always safer to stay inside. There’s a hard rain gonna fall, but only if you’re outside, right? So do yourself a favor and stay inside. Watch TV. Your life may depend on it.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

If the only Swedish star you know is the Swedish Chef, tune into Lasse Hallstrom’s “My Life As A Dog” at 1:30 p.m. ET. The heartwarming and occasionally searing film is based on the autobiographical novel by Reidar Jonsson.

Tuesday

Get a box of tissues and some alone time to watch “Dancer in the Dark.” Lars Von Trier’s dark tale of evil and sacrifice airs at 11 a.m. ET.The film garnered star Bjork almost as much attention as the swan dress she wore to the Oscars that year. The film is beautifully harsh and the soundtrack is equally brilliant:

Wednesday

Get in touch with your inner sad sack swinger when Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm” airs at 7 p.m. ET Then, declare your love for “Undeclared” when it airs at 10 p.m. ET. Stick around for The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show.

Thursday

Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion” brings Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio program to life at 3:30 p.m. ET. You don’t get a tote bag for watching, though.

Friday

We are showing “Meatballs” at 8 p.m. ET. This is what Winning feels like.

Saturday

A Three Stooges marathon and Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” at 5:30 p.m. ET means you don’t have to get off your couch all day except, you know, to eat cake.

Sunday

Before he was battling the undead in “Zombieland” and law suits in “The Social Network”, Jesse Eisenberg was fighting werewolves alongside Christina Ricci in Wes Craven’s “Cursed”. Tune in at 9 p.m. to see a young fake Mark Zuckerberg fight the sign of the beast.

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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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