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What to Watch on IFC: December 12 – December 18

What to Watch on IFC: December 12 – December 18 (photo)

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Don’t know about you, but whenever we’re exhausted from spending hours in the 10th Circle of Hell a.k.a. The Mall looking for the perfect Christmas present for cranky Uncle Leo, Bill Murray’s inspirational speech from “Meatballs” starts running through our heads on a loop. “It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter!” Know what does matter? That “Meatballs” is airing at 8 p.m. ET. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday

Nothing says Christmas like “American Psycho” on IFC, right? Well, that probably depends on how you feel about the prospect of spending hours and hours with your family. Cheer yourself up Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman when Bret Easton Ellis’ murderous investment banker novel comes to life at 8 p.m. ET.

Wednesday

“Kaos” sounds like the most aptly-named holiday movie ever, right? While the stories that take place simultaneously in the film may have nothing to do with Santa, elves, or the Hannukkah fairy, we’re sure you’ll enjoy watching Italy’s fraternal filmmaking team of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani whip up another multistoried masterpiece as you browse Amazon for last minute shopping ideas or doing stomach crunches in advance of the annual egg nog chugging contest.

Thursday

Join the ranks of people who watch “Gandhi” and shriek, “Sexy Beast!” while pointing at Ben Kingsley. Sounds like a fun trick sure to win you friends, right? So tune in to “Sexy Beast” at 8 p.m. ET. If you don’t we’ll send Don after you.

Friday

Do Friday night right and stay in watching back-to-back episodes of David Cross shows and trolling Reddit for pictures of him as a Never Nude and a Ripper. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET we have episodes of “Arrested Development” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” which returns to IFC on Jan. 6, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. ET. Please to enjoy.

Saturday

It’s cold outside, so we’re showing movies so good you won’t mind being stuck inside all day. At 5:30 p.m. ET we have Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” Then run to the bathroom, order the pizza and settle in, because we’re showing a double feature of awesome with Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” at 8 p.m. ET and “Life of Brian” at 10. In the greatest American tradition: But wait! There’s more! At midnight we’re showing you John Waters’ “Pecker.” Good thing it is Saturday because you’re not going anywhere.

Sunday

Recover from yesterday’s epic movie marathon with back-to-back episodes of “Freaks and Geeks” beginning at 12/11 c. You’re welcome.

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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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