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What to watch on IFC: “Fight Club”

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Even though the first rule of Fight Club is not to talk about Fight Club, and the second rule of fight club is don’t talk about fight club, we can’t help but tell the world that we’re showing it on Sunday at 8/7c. We didn’t really want to be in a fight club anyway, but we do want to watch on though. Yeah, yeah, we like to watch …movies.

This darkly comic drama is based on Chuck Palahniuk’s book of the same name. It stars Edward Norton as a depressed young man who has become a small cog in the world of big business. He’s so inconsequential that he stays unnamed throughout the film and in the credit he’s only listed as “Narrator.” He doesn’t like his work and tries to drown his sorrows in duvets and accent pieces in his perfect apartment. He can’t sleep, he feels alienated, he even visits support groups for patients with terminal diseases so that he’ll have someone to talk to. He’s bored, he’s boring.

Then everything changes when he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charming nut who sells handmade soap. Tyler doesn’t believe in duvets and potpourri, he believes in pain, misfortune, and chaos. Then he challenges his new friend to a fight. It’s the start of a beautiful friendship. Our Narrator finds that bare-knuckle brawling makes him feel more alive than he has in years, and soon the two become friends and roommates, and founding members of a “fight club.” It’s an underground sensation, even though it’s a closely guarded secret among the participants. But as our Narrator and Tyler bond through violence, a strange situation becomes more complicated when Tyler becomes involved with Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), whom our Narrator became infatuated with when they were both crashing the support-group circuit. If you haven’t seen it, correct that egregious error on Sunday. If you have seen it, well you know you’re going to want to watch it. Especially because it’s a movie so nice we’re showing it twice, so if you miss it at 8, tune in at 11 p.m. ET. Or watch them both, back-to-back, we won’t judge.

Watch the trailer and then tune in:

“Fight Club” airs on IFC on Sunday, May. 6 at 8:00 PM ET and at 11:00 PM ET; Tuesday, May. 22 at 8:00 PM ET and 11:00 PM ET; Sunday, May. 27 at 1:15 AM ET; Friday, Jun. 1 at 1:30 AM ET; Friday, Jun. 1 at 8:00 PM ET; Saturday, Jun. 2 at 1:15 AM 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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