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10 Signs You’re In a Mob Movie

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Organized crime is a fascinating topic for filmmakers (especially when you consider how much of Hollywood the Mafia used to control), so there are some tropes that show up time and time again in mob movies. If you find yourself in any of these situations, you just might be in a mob movie.

1. Crime Pays…For a Little While, at Least

The bad guys in mob movies are always living lives of luxury high on the hog, much better than any of their law-abiding enemies. But eventually Johnny Law comes ‘a knockin’.


2. Just When You Think You’re Out, the Old Neighborhood Always Pulls You Back In

No matter how much cash these made men bring in, they’re always still attached to the humble working-class neighborhoods of their youth.


3. There’s a Code of Honor Among Thieves (And Vicious Killers)

No matter how awful the crooks are to the outside world, there’s always a set of rules that they abide by. You might stab a guy and stuff his body into a trash compactor, but you’d never disrespect his mother.


4. At Least One Family Has a Beef With You

Even though bad guys are supposedly all on the same side, there’s always two groups that don’t see eye to eye and go to war over it.


5. You’ve Been Patched Up By a Back Alley Surgeon

Real men of the Mob don’t go to the doctor. They always get their wounds patched up by a shady surgeon operating out of a back-alley dentist office or veterinarian hospital.


6. An Old Gangster Lectures You On the Importance of Respect

There’s always an opportunity for a senior Mafia figure to deliver some strong words on the nature of respect to a subordinate who he will inevitably have to whack.


7. Someone (Maybe You) Is a Rat

There’s always that one guy who turns on his familia and tries to profit from it, whether by informing for the police or a rival family. In the end, he is usually rewarded with either a stint in the Witness Protection Program or the “kiss of death.”


8. A Tough Guy Hitman Gets Called In

Eventually, somebody’s going to go too far and a button man will be called in to snuff them permanently. Any gangster movie worth its salt has a hit scene (or two, or three or four….).

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9. Pretty Much Every Cop is Crooked

Although law enforcement is usually doing its job, there’s always at least one detective who is on the side of the criminals.


10. You Can’t Have a Nice Italian Meal Without Someone Getting Whacked

Nothing’s as important to the Italian mob as food, so every movie is legally required to have a scene where the gangsters sit down to eat and someone gets killed or at the very least stabbed in the leg with a fork.

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Brock Hard

Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Oh Mama

Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show comes to IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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