What to watch this weekend: “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist”


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Chosen One: But I don’t understand. Who are the evil council?
Mushufasa: The answer you seek resides in the stars above.
Chosen One: I don’t understand.
Mushufasa: Of course you don’t. I’m speaking in riddles. That’s kind of the point, like a clue, so when you figure it out you’ll say “Oh, that’s what he meant! Stars above!”

That quote up there? That’s from “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist,” which is one of the funniest, goofiest, martial arts movies ever created. It is a completely ludicrous chop-socky parody of pretty much every martial arts movie ever made with new footage inserted and dialogue re-dubbed in to a patently ridiculous comedic re-working of a 1970s martial-arts movie. It’s wacky, it’s wild and fully committed to being totally silly. This is a movie that features a fight with a cow after all.

The plot involves a highly skilled martial artist known as “the chosen one” who sets out to avenge his family’s death and faces his greatest challenges yet: a cow with a deadly udder and a warlord who insists everyone call him “Betty.” While getting from point A to point B, the film is filled with hilariously obtuse dialogue that cuts through the usual kung fu film script malarkey. Take this chat between Betty and the Mayor for example: “What exactly is the Evil Council’s plan?” “It is evil. It is so, so evil. It is a very evil, bad plan that will hurt many people that are good. I think it’s great, because it’s so bad.” ” I see. I think.” It’s “Austin Powers” meets “Once Upon A Time in China” meets “Hollywood Shuffle.” What’s not to love about that? Nothing. So spend your Sunday on the couch watching “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” and know you’re living up to your full potential.

Watch the trailer if you need further convincing:

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“Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” airs on IFC on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4:15 PM ET; Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:15 PM ET; Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:15 PM ET; Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10:00 AM ET; Monday, Oct. 1 at 4:15 PM 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.


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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