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What to watch on IFC: August 27 – September 2

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Whoa, how did it get to be September already? Time to start rolling up the beach towels, packing up the sunscreen, and storing the barbecue, and heading to the local strip mall for back to school shopping or, at least, warmer socks. Where did the summer go? Who cares! Let’s watch TV. We have lots of great movies to help you soothe your summer blues.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

“From Dusk Till Dawn” starts at 8 p.m. ET. Desperado brothers (George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino) kidnap a preacher (Harvey Keitel) and his kids, commandeer their RV and wind up in a Mexican strip joint where vampires lurk.

Tuesday

Matt Damon and Heath Ledger star in “The Brothers Grimm” as itinerant con men. They become caught in a real fairy tale after several maidens disappear in an enchanted forest.

Wednesday

Sophia Coppolla’s sumptuous and decadent iconoclastic period piece“Marie Antoinette” starts at 10:30 p.m. ET. It stars Kirsten Dunst as the Austrian teenager who became queen of France, then later loses her head during the French Revolution.

Thursday

It’s a double-feature of “The Exorcist” our favorite exorcism movie ever. It’s the movie so nice and scary that we’re showing it twice at both 8 and 10:45 p.m. ET. From the first notes of the spine-tingling soundtrack to the last look at The Stairs, it’s a chilling masterpiece starring Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller and more. Boo!

Friday

Lawmen, low lifes, and prostitutes, oh my! Spend your Friday night in “Sin City.” The film by Robert Rodriguez brings Frank Miller’s graphic novel to life in dramatic black and white.

Saturday

All your favorite sketches by John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones are in the 1982 concert film “Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl” at 3:45 p.m. ET. The legendary British comedy troupe’s sketches include albatross, nudge nudge, silly walks, and a soccer match between Greek and German philosophers. What’s not to love?

Sunday

You may think we’re mean or at least trying to get you fired so you can stay home all day and watch more television when we tell you that at 9:45 p.m. ET on a work night we’re “Training Day.” Starring Ethan Hawke as a rookie cop stuck working with a corrupt Los Angeles narcotics officer (Denzel Washington), he either has to get in on the schemes or get out fast and hopefully with his life.

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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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