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10 Revenge Movies You Seriously Need to Watch

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Sometimes, all you want out of a movie is to see someone you like hunting down and kicking the living hell out of some bastard who’s got it coming. If that’s your bag, then here’s a list of great revenge flicks, in no particular order.

10. Machete

Danny Trejo rappels down a building with a guy’s intestines. That’s something you gotta see.


9. Lucky Number Slevin

A revenge movie disguised as a crime movie… or within a crime movie… or it’s just both. Ben Kingsley and Morgan Freeman are in it as rival crime bosses. You know you want to watch that.


8. Oldboy

Despite the disturbing turn it takes, Dae-su’s quest for vengeance against his mysterious captors is mesmerizing.


7. The Crow

A straightforward superpowered quest for vengeance within a 90s goth’s wet dream is certainly worth Top Dollar.


6. Leon: The Professional

You don’t get a lot of great revenge movies starring 12-year-old girls, but Natalie Portman’s an exception.

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Lisbeth Salander’s revenge against her rapist is likely seared into the minds of everyone who’s seen this film.


4. Memento

Christopher Nolan’s unique film unfolds chronologically backwards to simulate the effects of Guy Pearce’s memory condition, as well as to better illustrate the deep psychological need we have for revenge as a concept.


3. Inglorious Basterds

The fiery revenge Shosanna Dreyfus unleashes upon Hitler and the Nazi high command is nothing short of cathartic.


2. The Limey

Steven Soderbergh puts Terence Stamp on the path to hunt down whoever killed his daughter, and the man does not take “no” for an answer.


1. Kill Bill

Be honest – this is the first thing that pops into your head when you think of revenge movies these days, isn’t it?

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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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