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5 Reasons to Watch IFC’s Tremors Tuesday

Catch an all day Tremors marathon Tuesday, April 19th on IFC.

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Movies rarely come as fun, silly, and sincere as Tremors. At first blush, a schlocky flick about sightless subterranean tentacle worms seems like perfect fodder for Mystery Science Theater 3000. But Tremors is smarter, funnier, and far better executed than your typical Sharknado or Carnosaur.

With uninhibited acting, throwback special effects, and crowd-pleasing action, here are 5 reasons to tune into IFC this Tuesday, April 18th for an all-day Tremors movie marathon.

1. It’s a love letter to old-school special effects.

Tremors Worm
Universal Pictures

Released in 1990, the original Tremors came out a few years before filmmakers could rely on CGI to create movie monsters. (See Anaconda, Deep Blue Sea, or any mid-’90s creature feature.) Thankfully, director Ron Underwood and his team opted for rubber models and practical effects for the “Graboids” to achieve the throwback look to the type of flick you’d see at a 1950s drive-in.


2. Kevin Bacon is exuberance personified.

Kevin Bacon
Universal Pictures

The man who is seven degrees away from everyone in Hollywood, Kevin Bacon is no slouch when it comes to acting. But it’s his commitment to the role of Nevada handyman Valentine “Val” McKee that makes Tremors work. There’s no ironic wink in his performance or even the slightest hint that he’s above this fun, silly movie. Put simply, there are giant, subterranean, man-eating worms, somebody has to do something about it, and Bacon leads with gusto.


3. The sensitive dad from Family Ties is an unhinged gun nut.

Michael Gross
Universal Pictures

To say Michael Gross’ Burt Gummer is a far cry from his role as soft-spoken liberal Steven Keaton in Family Ties would be an understatement. (A Gross understatement?) While Bacon can be credited for committing to a role, Gross should be honored for taking a big sloppy bite out of his. With an artillery stockpile to rival most militias — and an explosive rage as its hair trigger — Burt is the perfect foil for a mutant antagonist just as crazy as him.


4. The Graboids keep their prey on their toes… literally.

Tremors Pogo
Universal Pictures

By themselves, these underground terrors are the quintessential movie monster baddies: ferocious, relentless, quick-to-learn, and possessing keen senses with one or two exploitable weaknesses. But it’s their sensitivity to impact vibrations above ground that makes every plot point (and footfall) that much more suspenseful and crucial. Viewers can’t help but hold their breath and slow their gestures along with the characters on screen.


5. The triumph of the kill is a sure-fire audience-pleaser.

Tremors Graboid
Universal Pictures

With only a handful of creatures, the threat isn’t complicated by an overwhelming swarm. Each kill contains more emotional resonance than if there were hundreds of worms being slaughtered every minute. (See Starship Troopers.) And for every Graboid’s shrieking, gut-gushing end, it’s a stand-up-and-cheer moment for both the actors and the audience.

“Grab” some snacks and tune in to IFC’s Tremors Tuesday!

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Flame Out

Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Mirror, Mirror

Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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