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10 Movie Characters That Exploded From The Inside

MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE, Terry Jones, 1983, (c) Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

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The cinema has shown us many awful ways to die, but blowing up from the inside is one of the worst. Here are ten unfortunate souls who went out with a bang.

10. Terrorist, Hot Shots Part Deux

In this Rambo spoof, Charlie Sheen disposes of enemies in lots of ways, including throwing a grenade down somebody’s throat.


9. Martians, Mars Attacks

Good old-fashioned yodeling is all it takes to make the malevolent space invaders in this Tim Burton remake blow up.


8. Darwin, X-Men: First Class

His mutant power to adapt to survive any situation isn’t enough to contend with a ball of white-hot plasma being stuffed down his throat, unfortunately.


7. Deacon Frost, Blade

The villain’s death in the first Blade flick is a little ridiculous, but when he explodes a whole hell of a lot of blood goes flying.


6. The Mother Bug, Starship Troopers

Paul Verhoeven’s gory sci-fi war film features a rousing showdown with a massive, armored insect that falls to a grenade jammed deep inside its guts.

5. Mr. Big, Live And Let Die

James Bond disposes of this villain by forcing a compressed air capsule into his mouth underwater and then letting nature take its course.


4. Ben Childress, The Fury

Brian DePalma’s psychic thriller ends with one of the grisliest explosions ever as the villainous Childress gets his head detonated.


3. Jimmy Bond, Casino Royale

Woody Allen plays Bond’s nephew in this 1967 spoof, and at the film’s end he swallows a pill-sized atomic bomb and destroys the titular casino.


2. Mr. Creosote, The Meaning Of Life

One of the grossest Python bits of all time, this rotund gourmand from The Meaning Of Life stuffs himself until he bursts – literally.


1. Jaws, Jaws

It’s an oxygen tank exploding that finally puts an end to the massive Great White in Spielberg’s aquatic thriller.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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