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What to watch this week on IFC: August 20-26

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Hate to tell you this, but summer’s almost over. You better spend as much time as possible inside in the air conditioning before your guilty eco-conscience makes you turn it off.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson star in
“National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon,” 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 8 p.m. ET.

Tuesday

We’re hanging up garlic and whittling stakes all day long before “Shadow of the Vampire” airs at 8 p.m. ET. In 1922, F.W. Murnau’s haunting Nosferatu was released starring an unknown actor named Max Schreck as Count Orloff, the vampire. Eighty years later, E. Elias Merhige directed a film imagining the goings on behind the making of that film. John Malkovich stars as director F.W. Murnau who craves realism to the extent that he casts a real vampire as his star. (Top that, Dogme 95.) Willem Dafoe’s Max Schreck is about as far as you can get from Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen. To be clear, Max Schreck does not sparkle. He is rat-like, batty, slithery, and cold and Willem Dafoe owns him.

Wednesday

At 8/7c we’re airing William Freidkin’s classic tale of true terror “The Exorcist” starring Ellen Burstyn as an actress with a small problem: Her once-adorable 12-year old daughter Reagan (Linda Blair) is possessed. She has no choice but to call upon her friendly neighborhood Jesuit priests to try to end the demonic possession. Watch the trailer and remember the terror. If that’s not enough terror for you, stay tuned for “Saw II” at 10: 15 p.m. ET. In which a detective (Donnie Wahlberg) races against time to save his son from a sadistic madman (Tobin Bell) holding a group of people captive.

Thursday

“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.

Friday

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 tonight 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.

Saturday

There’s no better way to spend Sunday than with a triple feature of Rambo. Up first at 8 p.m. ET we have “Rambo”, where beloved Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) calls upon his long-buried but lethal skills to rescue a missionary (Julie Benz) and her comrades from the Burmese army. At 9:45p.m. ET we have, “Rambo: First Blood Part II” where the former Green Beret goes on a reconnaissance mission to spring MIAs from a Viet Cong prison. Last, but certainly not least we have “Rambo III” at 11:45 p.m. ET. In this installment of the Rambo saga, the loner Rambo leaves a Buddhist monastery to free his Green Beret mentor (Richard Crenna) from Soviets in Afghanistan.

Sunday

At 10:15 p.m. ET we’re showing “Full Metal Jacket”“>“Full Metal Jacket” marked Stanley Kubrick’s return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus. Based on Gustav Hasford’s novel “The Short Timers,” the film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers played by Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, and Vincent D’Onofrio endure basic training under a sadistic drill sergeant and fight in the 1968 Tet offensive. After meeting Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record) you’re boss will look great on Monday morning.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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