Five Reasons to Watch “Gone Baby Gone” Tonight

Five Reasons to Watch “Gone Baby Gone” Tonight (photo)

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Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel “Gone, Baby, Gone” is one of those movies that stop you in your tracks in your seat at the theater or on your couch. While that doesn’t make a ton of sense, if you’ve seen the film, you know what I mean. Sadly, hardly anyone saw the film. Rectify that tonight when IFC airs “Gone Baby Gone” at both 8 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET. The film stars Casey Affleck as Patrick Kenzie, a private investigator from working-class Boston who takes on a case involving a kidnapped girl. The girl’s aunt begs Patrick to take the case because he has connections to criminal Boston that the police do not. He agrees and along with his partner, Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan), they uncover a web of corruption that threatens the relationship between the two. Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman co-star as members of the Boston Police Department.

If you need more convincing, here are five reasons to watch “Gone Baby Gone” tonight:

1. Casey Affleck When you see Casey as Patrick Kenzie, the working man’s Sam Spade, you can’t help but wonder why the lesser Affleck is not the bigger star. He is by turns heartbreaking, heartstopping, and fearless.

2. Ben Affleck. While most people still view Ben as an actor, he really shines behind the camera. His directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” was one of the best American movies of the decade, though many people never found out since it barely made $20 million domestically. Be a part of the in crowd and watch this amazing movie tonight.

3. Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris. Casting Freeman and Harris as anything would mean dazzling performances, but making them Boston cops is a stroke of genius.

4. Amy Ryan. Fans of “The Wire” and “The Office” know Amy Ryan can act, but it was still a well-deserved surprise when she was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Helene McCready, mother of the missing girl, in this crime thriller.

5. Boston The city, not the band, although we won’t complain if you watch the movie due to the band’s awesomeness. However, the greatest achievement in “Gone Baby Gone” is its sense of place, which is, of course, Boston. Ben Affleck paints a stark portrait of the city and it’s poorer residents casting real life denizens of the town and shooting entirely on the city’s streets.

“Gone Baby Gone” airs on IFC tonight at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET; Thursday, Jul. 7 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, Jul. 9 at 8 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET; and Sunday, Jul. 31 at 8:30 PM 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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