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On Saturday on IFC: It’s War!

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We are declaring war on the Saturday afternoon doldrums. At 5:15 p.m. ET we’re showing “The Great Raid.” The film is based on the real life events surrounding the waning days of World War II, when General Douglas MacArthur chose to send Lt. Col. Henry Mucci to lead the Sixth Ranger Battalion behind enemy lines to liberate the American prisoners. Mucci leads his men on a life-or-death raid against forces known for their savagery. And, ladies, don’t think we’ve forgotten you: This film stars Benjamin Bratt and James Franco.

But wait, there’s more! Stanley Kubrick’s brutal-yet-brilliant tale of boot camp and Vietnam, “Full Metal Jacket,” airs at 8:05 p.m. ET. It’s followed by Nicholas Cage getting rich selling the weapons of war in “Lord of War” at 10:35 p.m. ET. Cage stars as Yuri Orlov an opportunistic businessman who stumbled into a gold mine after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. His dealings have made him rich, but have also garnered him the unwanted attention of an Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke), who is convinced Orlov isn’t playing by the rules.

The films are fantastic, but we also hope you’ll consider it a subtle reminder of things to be thankful for next week while you’re gathered around a turkey watching Uncle Murray pick brussel sprouts out of his teeth with his fork.

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“The Great Raid” airs on IFC Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5:15 p.m. ET and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:15 p.m. ET; “Full Metal Jacket” airs Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:05 p.m. ET and Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 and 11 p.m. ET; “Lord of War” airs

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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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