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Ten Favorite Movies From 1987

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Tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET, we are showing the 1987 classic “Less Than Zero.” Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel of the same name, this drama about the lifestyles of the rich and famous teenagers in Beverly Hills stars Brat Packers (remember the Brat Pack?) Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, James Spader, and Robert Downey Jr, but this is no high school flick. Ellis’ LA is about as far as you can get from John Hughes’ Sherman, Ohio. McCarthy is Clay, a college freshman who returns home during Christmas break. He reconnects with his old flame Blair (Gertz) who is now more interested in her new beau Julian (Downey, Jr.), the fun-loving party boy with a penchant for drugs, who rapidly spirals downward, addicted to cocaine and freebasing. His friends try halfheartedly to intervene, with no success and soon he is so far in debt to drug dealer Rip (Spader) that Julian becomes a male prostitute, whoring for enough money for his next fix. It’s an intense and deliciously dark film that highlights everything wrong with times. And what year was it made: 1987.

Here’s the thing: 1987 was one of the best years for film, possibly ever. The Best Picture Winner was Bertolucci’s epic “The Last Emperor,” and that vast, gorgeous, and sweepingly cinematic film was just the tip of the iceberg. From foreign shores came “The Year My Voice Broke” and Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire.” “Pelle the Conqueror,” “Babette’s Feast,” “Au Revoir Les Enfants,” and “My Life as a Dog” all came out that year as well. In the U.S. 1987 was just as hot. For dramas and documentaries, 1987 was an incredible year for filmmaking, including Spaulding Gray’s “Swimming to Cambodia,” “Matewan,” “Ironweed,” “The Dead,” “Good Morning, Vietnam.” On the other end of the spectrum, 1987 was also the year for some of the most lasting classic comedies, including “Moonstruck,” “Overboard,” “Eddie Murphy Raw,” “Adventures in Babysitting,” and “Throw Momma From the Train.” While 1987 did produce some clunkers (“Ishtar,” “Over the Top,” “Leonard Part 6,” “Mannequin”), even they have made a lasting impression on film buffs. While movies from 1987 have hilarious technology, bad hair, lot of saxophones, and everyone smokes, if you’re ever looking for a film, check out the offerings from 1987. It’s a fine vintage.

Here are ten of our favorite films from 1987, listed in no particular order:

1. “The Princess Bride”

2. “The Last Emperor”

3. “Spaceballs”

4. “Empire of the Sun”

5. “Less Than Zero”

6. “Lost Boys”

7. “Raising Arizona”

8. “Planes Trains & Automobiles”

9. “Evil Dead 2”

10. “Withnail and I”

*Bonus (because with this many good movies, we couldn’t keep it to ten):

Straight to Hell

“Less Than Zero” airs on IFC tonight at 10:20 p.m. ET and Saturday, Apr. 21 at 5:45 p.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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