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Primus frontman Les Claypool describes his top 5 movies ahead of tomorrow’s IFC.com video premiere

Primus frontman Les Claypool describes his top 5 movies ahead of tomorrow’s IFC.com video premiere (photo)

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Primus’ new album “Green Naugahyde” draws on Les Claypool’s filmic obsessions — even veteran Westerns actor Lee Van Cleef gets a shout out in a song called, well, “Lee Van Cleef.” “People always ask me who my heroes are, expecting me to say someone like Geddy Lee [from Rush],” Claypool told IFC. “But really, it’s more people like Elia Kazan, Sergio Leone, Frank Capra, Terry Gilliam, and Jared Hess.”

That might go a long way towards explaining why so many Primus songs seem to happily co-exist in the film world — for instance, “Spegetti Western,” or “Camelback Cinema.” Or why so many Primus songs are based on peripheral characters — “John the Fisherman,” “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,” or, more recently, “Jilly’s On Smack.” “I love character actors,” the singer/bassist said. “If I’m switching channels, and something with Slim Pickens is on, or Walter Brennan, I’m stuck. I have to watch it.”

So with that in mind, Claypool — who directed a feature called “Electric Apricot” — made the equivalent of his Desert Island Discs for the movie world and shared his top five favorite films with IFC.

Check out the premiere of Primus’ “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” music video and an exclusive interview with Les Claypool this Thursday at 8am ET only on IFC.com.


1. “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)

“It’s my all-time favorite. You can’t watch ‘Dr. Strangelove’ with commercials. That would be sacrilegious. Peter Sellers, it’s just the most spectacular thing he’s ever done. George C. Scott, you don’t see those types of characters any more. I quote this film all the time to friends of mine, like Sterling Hayden’s speech to Mandrake about the fluoridation of water. And this film remains very relevant today. It makes a huge socio-political statement. And it looks spectacular. You could watch it over and over again. I do.”


2. “A Face in the Crowd” (1957)

“Not that Andy Griffith ever did anything subpar, but he’s just spectacular in this. I stumbled across it years ago, and it really holds your attention. It’s very frightening. And I think one of my greatest fears is that they’ll try to do a remake of this film with Adam Sandler. I’m sure he’s a very nice guy, but you don’t want to mess with this! This is the way it should be.”


3. “Meet John Doe” (1941)

“This is a Gary Cooper film with Barbara Stanwyck. It’s a film that very much influenced the Coen brothers, especially ‘The Hudsucker Proxy.’ It’s about this little guy against the big guy, like a lot of Capra stuff is, and in this case, it’s a baseball player who stumbles by the powers that be, who have him take part in this scam. At first, it’s a thing for good, but then it has a dark side, because it’s deceiving the public, and he tries to stand up to that. I watch this every Christmas. I inflict it on my in-laws from Iowa. I think they loved it the first three or four times, but now they kind of roll their eyes a bit.”


4. “Evil Dead II” (1987)

“Sam Raimi has gone on to become a champion of mine. ‘The Evil Dead’ and the whole series was a masterpiece. I’ve seen it countless times, in various states of mind, and I’ve been happy to turn my own kids on to this particular film, especially my son. There are so many aspects of the filmmaking in it that we’ve utilized just to make music videos! And Bruce Campbell, watching him get brutally beat down by these phantoms, and then he comes back with a chainsaw on his amputated wrist? Pretty sweet.”


5. “There Will Be Blood” (2007)

“Daniel Day-Lewis is my favorite actor walking the planet right now. He never ceases to amaze me. Bill the Butcher in ‘Gangs of New York’? And here as Daniel Plainview? He’s obviously a John Huston character. Paul Dano killed it, too. You can’t stand him, but you can’t not watch him. They both are despicable and compelling. And the score is amazing. I was listening to it going, ‘Who the hell did this?’ And then I discovered it’s Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. Huge kudos to that guy. I love Radiohead, but this is the best scoring I’ve seen in years. We actually parodied this film once. We tried to pitch an animated series, and one of our things was doing the milkshake scene with hippies from Burning Man. I did my best Daniel Day-Lewis impersonation. It didn’t go over as well, I guess.”

Be sure to check out the premiere of Primus’ “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” music video and an exclusive interview with Les Claypool this Thursday at 8am ET only on IFC.com.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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