Joe Cornish and Nick Frost on why you should “Attack the Block” this weekend

Joe Cornish and Nick Frost on why you should “Attack the Block” this weekend (photo)

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“It’s a novel concept. There’s not a lot of alien movies around at the moment,” Joe Cornish said with a smile. Back at South by Southwest 2011, when we had our conversation, “Attack the Block”‘s writer and director was referring to “Paul,” the buddy alien road comedy written by and starring Simon Pegg and “Attack the Block” co-star Nick Frost, which was also playing at SXSW and about to open in theaters around the country. Four months later, “Attack the Block” is finally get its own U.S. release, but now it has to share multiplex screens with “Cowboys & Aliens” an enormous summer blockbuster that stars James Bond and Indiana Jones.

Cornish’s film may have lived most of its short life in the shadow of bigger movies, but I suspect it will have the last laugh. Sure, it’ll probably make less money than either of its mainstream counterparts. But it’s far and away the best picture of the three, and almost certainly the one that will be remembered years from now as one of the finer cult films of this era. Inspired by Cornish’s love of 80s creature features like “E.T.” and “Critters” and a scary real-life run-in with some violent hoodlums, “Attack the Block” is about a gang of South London teenagers who find their usual routine of troublemaking and muggings interrupted by a full-scale alien invasion. Armed with some fireworks, a samurai sword, and an assortment of South London slang, the crew set off to protect their housing project (a.k.a. “the block”) from otherworldly evil.

Frost co-stars as Ron, the local weed dealer. Asked whether he did any research for the role, Frost replied, “A lot of my adult life, I guess.” As you might suspect, this was a fun interview. Here it is, in two parts.

Part 1:

Part 2:

“Attack the Block” opens this Friday; you can read our review of the film here. If you see it, we want to hear what you think. Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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