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What to Watch on IFC: May 23 – 29

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Well…we either survived the Rapture, or it’s really really subtle. Either way we’re going to need some time in front of the warming glow of the television to think about what we’ve done.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

One of the best-loved films from the idiosyncratic British film studio Ealing Pictures gets an update from the equally idiosyncratic filmmaking team of Joel and Ethan Coen. “The Ladykillers” stars Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, and Irma P. Hall and airs at 3:45 p.m. ET.

Tuesday

Re-live your misspent youth through “House Party” the iconic comedy about a party gone wrong starring 80s rap sensations Kid N’ Play. the party starts at 8 p.m. ET. Don’t be late

Wednesday

Order some chana masala and dosas for breakfast then settle in for your Bollywood fix when IFC’s own “Bollywood Hero,” starring Saturday Night Live’s Chris Kattan, starts at 8:45 a.m. ET.

Thursday

As you wait for Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” to play in a theater near you, brush up on his back catalogue and watch his film “The New World” at 5 p.m. ET.

Friday

The fifth and final season of the Whitest Kids U’Know continues on IFC at 10:30 p.m. ET. Tune in for the latest chapter in the Civil War on Drugs and an ode to General Electric and Citigroup.

Saturday

Spend Saturday afternoon at the movies when Nicolas Roeg’s “Walkabout” airs at 1:45 p.m. ET. David Gulpilil stars as an aboriginal boy who helps two young city children after they are stranded in Australia’s outback.

Sunday

We’re pretty sure it’s not heretical to watch Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” on a Sunday. And if it is? Well, you will just have to remember to always look on the bright side of life:

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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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