Toni Collette’s “Mental” Note and the Wave of ’90s Nostalgia Soon Hitting Theaters

Toni Collette’s “Mental” Note and the Wave of ’90s Nostalgia Soon Hitting Theaters (photo)

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Toni Collette is returning to Australia to work with director PJ Hogan for the first time since the two collaborated on their breakthrough film “Muriel’s Wedding” 17 years ago on a comedy called “Mental,” in which Collette is expected to star as a caretaker for a politician’s family of seven that has recently seen their matriarch admitted into the psychiatric ward. The film will not only serve as Hogan’s first in his native country since “Muriel’s,” but it’s also the latest indie production to suggest that soon audiences could relive the glory days of ’90s, or at least enjoy a nostalgic kick of seeing many of its filmmakers reunite.

Late twentysomethings, you knew this day was coming with the pop cultural markers all around. For years, you’ve had a fond spot in your heart for “The Goonies,” A-Ha and “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, but could only embrace it at a remove from those children of the ’70s that started developing their own personal tastes in their teens and you could only watch as the “Star Wars” prequels, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and even as recently as “The Expendables” sent ripples through the spines of hardwired movie geeks that saw their progenitors in theaters rather than from worn VHS tapes.

Personally, I began to worry/anticipate this day as early as 2003 when 1987’s “Can’t Buy Me Love” was remade with a racial twist into the Nick Cannon-Christina Milian romcom “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” but this year alone, it’s a group of films with far better pedigrees that’ll start to filter through theaters possibly as soon as this fall when Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress” will mark the first film from the “Metropolitan” director in more than a decade, updated to include current indie darling Greta Gerwig as a college student who falls in with a clique that aims to treat their depressed peers.

Then “Clueless” fans can expect their day of reckoning with “Vamps,” the romantic comedy that once again puts Alicia Silverstone at the center of an Amy Heckerling production where she’ll play a bloodsucker alongside Krysten Ritter who has trouble with her lovelife. And it was recently announced in Austin that cameras are rolling on a remake of Richard Linklater’s seminal 1991 film “Slacker,” backed by the Austin Film Society, which commissioned a host of local filmmakers ranging from collectives such as the Alamo Drafthouse, who came up with the idea, and the University of Texas’ Reel Women chapter to veteran helmers such as Jay Duplass (“Cyrus”) and Bradley Beesley (“Fearless Freaks”) to recreate scenes from the landmark film. The film is already scheduled to premiere in Austin on August 31st with Linklater in attendance, all to benefit the very worthwhile Texas Filmmakers Production Fund.

It isn’t limited to films – this year alone will see the return of rock bands Soundgarden and a reinvented Sublime, now called Sublime with Rome (a reference to the lead singer that’s replaced the late Bradley Nowell), but apparently 20 years has been decided upon as the right time to recycle pop culture. For “Arrested Development” fans waiting for the long-rumored movie version or the next White Stripes album, you may want to set your clocks for 2020.

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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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