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Seven reasons to watch “Se7en” tonight

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Tonight we’re showing David Fincher’s “Se7en” at 7 p.m. CT (that’s 8 p.m. ET, but it didn’t read as nicely). Whatever time zone you’re in, you should tune in to watch this dark twisted thriller about a serial killer who justifies killing his victims because they’ve been breaking the seven deadly sins and totally deserve it. You Catholic school kids out there will know that means murders based on greed, pride, lust, gluttony, sloth, envy and wrath. That’s a lot of high-concept killing, but don’t worry, the best detective team is on the job: newbie cop Brad Pitt and seen-it-all detective Morgan Freeman. While the plot could easily become a corny conceit ripped from some lazy slasher flick, Fincher’s touch is all over “Se7en,” elevating the horror film/police procedural to a sleekly dark morality play that will have you riveted to the screen.

Need more reasons to tune in? Here are seven reasons to watch “Se7en” tonight:

1. Morgan Freeman

Freeman is at his finest when he plays Detective Lt. William Somerset, a cop on the brink of retirement. He’s an old-school cop with a fedora and a switchblade who doesn’t have time for his new partner’s short-tempered shenanigans. Even though he’s on his way out, he’s a cop through and through and can’t but get wrapped up in the serial killer investigation. And you’ll get chills when he quotes Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls: “‘The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.’ I agree with the second part.”

2. Brad Pitt

As a fresh-faced cop with a quick temper and a loving wife, Pitt does an excellent job as the new cop trying to make a name for himself in the big city.

3. David Fincher

With both “Zodiac” and “Fight Club” under his belt, Fincher knows how to bring dark intensity to his films. So when he tackles a brutal serial killer you know it’s going to be good. Also maybe rain a lot.

4. Gwyneth Paltrow

What’s in the box? What’s in the box?

5. Kevin Spacey

No spoilers, but Spacey delivers yet another amazing performance that will leave you guessing until the last minute. It’s like he does this professionally or something.

6. Mark Boone Jr.

While Boone may only be in the movie long enough to be credited as “Greasy FBI Agent” that is all he needs to be memorable. The actor, perhaps better known for his role as Bobby Elvis Munson on “Sons of Anarchy” knows how to make a lasting impression.

7. Charles S. Dutton

This role is an uncredited performance for Dutton, but he and the director Fincher worked together on “Alien 3” and it’s nice to think that these two are friends and go out for beers and grizzled conversation together. Also, we’re showing “Mimic” later and you’ll want to keep an eye out for Dutton in that.

“Se7en” airs tonight on IFC at 8/7c

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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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