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What to Watch on IFC: August 6 – 12

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Hey guess what? It’s August, which means that from coast to coast it’s hot and disgusting outside. As usual we are here for you. We are filling our channel with back-to-back must-see movies, laugh-out-loud comedies, and our own original programming, including new episodes of Bunk and Comedy Bang! Bang!. The icing on the already awesome cake is that on August 16th and 17th we are showing Bullet in the Face the crime drama that has everyone buzzing. It stars Eddie Izzard, Eric Roberts, and Max Williams and is guaranteed to be wild, raucous, and viciously funny. But until then we promise to keep you well entertained.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

While the Australian tourist board would tout the country’s lush landscapes, natural rock formations, unique animal life and the fact that Crocodile Dundee is not actually a real person, we’re here to tell you: Don’t go to Australia. Or if you do go, stick to the cities. There are just too many horror movies made in the island nation’s desolate outback. For example, “Wolf Creek” which airs tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET. In the film stranded motorists (Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath) fall prey to a murderous bushman (John Jarratt) who offers to fix their vehicle, then takes them captive.

Tuesday

“The Bank Job” is a story that the British government would’ve rather kept in the vault, but it got out and is airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The film stars Jason Statham (in a rare role that doesn’t require him to kick anyone in the face) as a former petty criminal turned struggling owner of a London car sales garage. He’s lured back into a life of crime by a former model (Saffron Burrows), who proposes robbing a bank to erase all of Terry’s debt (and then some).

Wednesday

Before “The Dark Knight Rises”, director Christopher Nolan chronicled the epic rivalry between two 19th century illusionists, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Robert Angiers (Hugh Jackman), in “The Prestige.” In their quest to one-up each other, the two magicians end up sharing and romancing the same beautiful assistant, Olivia Wenscombe (Scarlett Johansson), who may not be all she appears to be. Angiers goes to dangerous extremes in his quest to come out on top by seeking the assistance of scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla (David Bowie). It airs tonight at 10:45 p.m. ET.

Thursday

“The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” airs tonight at 10/9c. In the film, the beloved Nickelodeon character becomes “bigger, better and more absorbent” for his feature film debut, which serves as the last installment of the “SpongeBob SquarePants” series to be released before the departure of series creator Stephen Hillenburg. Along with the cast and crew of the show, the movie features the voice talents of Alec Baldwin and Scarlett Johansson. The film also features a parody of Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock,” as well as non-animated cameos by Neil Ross as the Cyclops and David Hasselhoff as himself.

Friday

It’s Friday which means we have new episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk beginning at 10/9c. You know it’s going to be good.

Saturday

“The Beach” is no summer rom com, but instead offers a hipster take on “Lord of the Flies.” As anyone who has read the book knows, paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a young backpacker in Thailand who is handed the map to paradise — a secret secluded island that (almost) no one knows about — in director Danny Boyle’s adaptation of novelist (and later screenwriter) Alex Garland’s book. But the island is filled with both beauty and danger and after a few weeks off of the grid, the residents find themselves lost in a sea of sickness, sexual tension, and shark attacks. It’s a hippie thriller set to a techno beat. See for yourself when “The Beach” airs at 10/9c.

Sunday

Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson star in “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1,” which is most definitely not “Lethal Weapon” and don’t you forget it. Would “Lethal Weapon” have a plot where a policewoman’s replacement continues her work on a cocaine-cookie scandal? Well, they might have, but they didn’t. The 1993 classic comedy airs tonight at 9:15 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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