Our favorite movie glasses of all time

Our favorite movie glasses of all time (photo)

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We would argue that it’s the spectacles and not the clothes that make the man or woman. Here are some of the best glasses in movies, from the ones sported so iconically by the Boy Who Lived in the “Harry Potter” movies to the alien-revealing shades in “They Live” to the damnable specs in “The Jerk.”

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The Matrix

Never mind that wearing sunglasses would seriously hinder your fighting skills, even in a virtual world — looking cool is top priority in the land of the Wachowskis. Neo, Trinity and Morpheus look great in their shaded specs as they leap, kick, punch, shoot guns and answer ringing telephones, but our favorite pair belongs to Agent Smith. The look of surprise/annoyance/slight concern on his face after Neo manages to break them in the original “Matrix” is classic: “I’m going to enjoy watching you die, Mr. Anderson.” Smash an Agent’s glasses and the fight gets personal.

“Harry Potter”

If Daniel Radcliffe wants a career post-“Harry Potter,” all he has to do is make sure to never, ever wear glasses again. Really, Radcliffe could star in a gritty war drama or an action comedy about bumbling bank robbers — as far from Hogwarts as he could possibly get — but if he’s wearing glasses, we’ll immediately think “Harry Potter,” and all is lost. To say that Harry’s specs are “iconic” is the understatement of the century — they’re as essential to his character as Indiana Jones’ hat or the Cigarette Smoking Man’s, uh, cigarette.

“Men in Black”

Again, wearing sunglasses would probably seriously hinder your investigative and/or fighting skills when you’re a secret government agent protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe, but as Will Smith’s Agent J says, “I make this look good.” Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K doesn’t look too shabby in them, either. Here’s hoping that next summer’s “Men in Black III” will be as cool as its two stars — and that Josh Brolin, as a young version of Agent K, can work the shades as well as his future self.

“They Live”

“Put on these glasses… or start eatin’ that trashcan.” Normal human beings would obey ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper without question, no matter how seemingly bizarre the order, but Keith David decides to pick a fight instead, just out of principle (or because director John Carpenter says so). One of the most epic two-man fight scenes ever put to film is over a pair of sunglasses that allow you to see the world as it really is — a consumerist dystopian wasteland run by ugly aliens. David eventually puts on the glasses, which means he’ll never know how tasty that trashcan might’ve been.

“Dream a Little Dream 2”

You didn’t think we’d forget the Coreys, did you? First of all, yes, there was a “Dream a Little Dream 2,” and it’s now available on Netflix Instant if you require proof. You don’t necessarily need to actually watch it… actually, on second thought, yes, you do — you need to watch the madcap antics of Haim and Feldman as they stumble across magic sunglasses that allow you to control the mind of whoever’s wearing a second pair. It’s all very trippy and stupid, and Feldman indulges in another impromptu dance routine, this time in someone’s kitchen. Whoa boy.

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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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