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Exclusive premiere: Mac DeMarco “European Vegas”

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Director Angus Borsos’ initial vision of Mac DeMarco’s ineffably strange song, “European Vegas,” was quite literal. He imagined “A bright archaic marvel with fluorescent stonework,” populated by “sunburnt characters wearing sunglasses.” But he never found such a place to film. The video he made is less grand in scope, but not only does it perfectly serve DeMarco’s song, it also somehow manages to capture a nostalgic quality of 90’s slacker cinema that I forgot I was missing. It feels like some half-remembered delusion by Gus Van Sant and Richard Linklater set to the sleaziest Canadian bedroom pop I’ve heard.

“I felt a nagging nostalgia; a silhouette grasping my ankle desperately,” Borsos described the moment the idea came to him. “I soon realized this was Mac, with a wry smiling insistence. He was stuck in the middle of two worlds; on a stage between an entrance and exit for characters to pop out of and explode.” So he had his setting — a back road down which unusual characters travel, and only needed to embrace the oddity of DeMarco’s material, which he was clearly inclined toward. “Thinking is a whirlpool and ideas are birds,” he added, affirming this.

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It’s gratifying to be immediately interested in a character — something that most movies can’t accomplish in 2 hours, was done within seconds here. “It’s an odd thing (like most) that all the characters turned out to be as bold as they did,” Borsos said. “I think the reason for this was because I’d just finished making a music video for another band in town, with a lead character that I crushed and ground into vagueness. For some reason, at the time I saw it as a failure.”

The director decided to dig into the archetypes in his mind and bring the characters to life around DeMarco. “To follow it up, I wanted to feel more courageous; to be this way I would have to think in the opposite direction,” he recalled. “I made sure to keep my eyes big and not closed. Dreaming to Mac’s song, I saw colours and Looney Toon madness, sharp guns and shiny shoes. Toy people. The characters had to move this time.”

And move they do, in the best ways. A cowboy bounces cartoonishly into frame. An eye catching red shoe pigeon-toes, following the action of a body being dragged from a limo. And that slack body comes to life, shimmying in the grass under a tree. Most of it was scripted, but Borsos also knew when to just let DeMarco loose and record it (the shimmy). “I wanted him to be his invention,” Borsos said, “wound up and ready to bark.”

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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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