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Five Reasons to Watch ‘Sin City’ Tonight

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Tonight at 8/7 c we are airing “Sin City” one of the best book-to-screen adaptations of a graphic novel. “Sin City” weaves together multiple storylines from the comic series’ history into a violent crime noir tale that paints the picture of the ultimate town without pity through the eyes of its roughest characters. There’s the street thug Marv (Mickey Rourke), whose desperate quest to find the killer of a prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King) will lead him to the foulest edges of town. There’s Dwight (Clive Owen), a photographer in league with the tough-as-nails if slightly sordid ladies of Sin City, headed by Gail (Rosario Dawson), who opens up a mess of trouble after tangling with a corrupt cop by the name of Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Finally, there’s Hartigan (Bruce Willis), an ex-cop with a heart problem who’s hell-bent on protecting a stripper named Nancy (Jessica Alba). The film also feature a who’s who supporting cast that includes Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Devon Aoki, and Nick Stahl. Need more reasons to watch tonight? Fine.

Five reasons to watch “Sin City” tonight:

1. Clive Owen

It’s no secret that we have a thing for Clive Owen whose movies we would like to remind you we ranked in order of cragginess, not too long ago. So of course we highly recommend tuning in to “Sin City” just to watch him at his craggiest.

2. Benicio del Toro

Craggy face lovers, this film is for you, not only does it have Clive Owen, but it also stars Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Benicio del Toro. We are big fans of del Toro, especially his work in “Che” and his turn as a corrupt cop is practically perfect.

3. Robert Rodriguez

We’ve been fans of Rodriguez for a long time, but he really earned our respect when he quit the Director’s Guild when they refused to let Frank Miller co-direct “Sin City.” The two had hashed out a deal after they developed and shot the opening scene utilizing a green-screen process to harness the stark, black-and-white look of the books as a litmus test for the rest of the production. Bros before directors, right?

4. Frank Miller

Famed comic book author Frank Miller (perhaps you’ve heard of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns?) teamed with Rodriguez to bring his Eisner Award-winning series “Sin City” to life. The collaboration created one of the most direct translations from page to screen of a comic series, with shots and dialogue adapted straight from the original comic’s panels. Miller has gone on to direct “The Spirit” and produce “300,” which was also based on a graphic novel he created.

5. Rosario Dawson

You can’t help but love a rags-to-riches story. Raised in a squat on the Lower East Side, at the age of 15, Rosario was discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, and cast in the 1995 film Kids. She then went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters. Besides we are always looking for an excuse to show this interview with the cast of “Girl Walks Into a Bar” from SXSW 2011:

“Sin City” airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET and Friday, Nov. 11 at 12:30 a.m. 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.

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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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