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What to watch this week on IFC: May 7 – 13

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May flowers may be out, but we wouldn’t know. We stayed inside all weekend making sure that everything we’re airing on IFC is good enough to show you our trusted viewers. Good news! It is. Now that we’ve tested the water, tasted the Kool Aid, and prepared an incredible smorgasborg of fun-filled television we can share our scientifically-tested results. Although in full disclosure we’re not scientists. More like Swedish Chefs of good television.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

“Lord of War” starts at 8/7c, so you’ll want to stock up your arsenal …of snacks! The film stars Nicolas Cage as an opportunistic businessman who has no qualms about selling off Soviet weapons to the highest bidder. An Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke) becomes convinced Orlov isn’t playing by the rules and a game of high stakes cat and mouse ensues. Inspired by a true story, “Lord of War” also features Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Bridget Moynahan, and Donald Sutherland.

Tuesday

We can all agree that cake is good. Even if it is some gluten-free monstrosity covered in vegan frosting, it’s still cake and still good. So there’s no doubt that “Layer Cake” is excellent because it is covered in Daniel Craig. He plays a mid-level drug dealer who must perform two final tasks for his boss (Kenneth Cranham) before he can quit the business for good. Watch and learn at 8/7c.

Wednesday

Like “The Walking Dead”? Trick question: Of course you do! One of the show’s standout zombie killers is Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus. As many of you astute IFC fans know, Reedus got his start in “The Boondock Saints, ” where he played a killer, not of the undead, but of members of the mob. In the film he and his onscreen brother (Sean Patrick Flanery) accept a mission from God to start taking out members of Boston’s underworld. It’s like “The Blues Brothers,” but with a lot more guns. Watch for yourself at 8/7c.

Thursday

Vampires are sooooo last year. We’re all about werewolves now, especially werewolf movies that star Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg. Luckily we’re showing “Cursed” at 8/7c, which, you should note, is well before the full moon.

Friday

Whatcha doing tonight? Doesn’t matter, because you’ll want to cancel whatever puny plans you have made so you can stay home and watch “Die Hard”. Luckily, we’re nice and we’re showing it twice at both 8 and 10:45 p.m. ET. If your neighbors wonder why you’re yelling “YIPPEEE-KI-YI-YAY MOTHERFUCKER!” over and over again, invite them over to watch. By the way, you may want to look at what we’re showing tomorrow night.

Saturday

That’s right, you can Die Hard all weekend. Die Hard, Die Harder, eat a pizza, do it all again. We’re showing “Die Hard 2” at 8 and 11 p.m. ET. We know how to do a weekend. Psst: Check out tomorrow’s listing.

Sunday

Did you think we were done? It’s not a Die Hard marathon without “Die Hard With a Vengeance”! It’s Sunday, so you can go ahead and the sweet baby Jesus for a third installment of one of the best action series yet. In this one, our hero John McClane has been (gasp!) suspended from the police force. So he does what any reasonable person would do and enlists Samuel L. Jackson (masquerading as a Harlem shopkeeper) to help stop a terrorist bomber (Jeremy Irons in a beater tee!) Fun starts at 8 and again at 10:45 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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