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Bunker Bluster

How “The Bunker” Captures the Political Insanity of 1992 and 2016

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An unqualified candidate runs for office on a platform of slander, smear tactics and other underhanded methods. No, we’re not talking about a certain creamsicle-skinned former reality show host. That’s the plot of “The Bunker,” the season premiere episode of Documentary Now! that offers up a dead-on, era-appropriate send-up of the 1993 political documentary The War Room.

If you remove the giant cellphones and colorful ’90s fashions, the political shenanigans depicted by stars Fred Armisen and Bill Hader aren’t too far off from what is currently happening in the 2016 election season.

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As depicted in “The Bunker,” Teddy Redbones (Hader) and Alvin Panagoulious (Armisen) are cutthroat political strategists who utilize attack ads, outright lies and even culturally insensitive lawn jockeys to destroy the reputation of a sitting governor and secure a win for a schlubby, unqualified outsider in the 1992 Ohio gubernatorial election. While absurd, one needs only look at the tweets of a current presidential candidate to see similarly gasp-inducing, “Is this actually happening in 2016?” political moves playing out on a daily basis.

Take for example, the scene in “The Bunker” where Redbones and Panagoulious screen a Happy Birthday “message” to Governor Lester that expresses their candidate Councilman Herndon’s wish that “it’s his last.” Despite the blood-dripping font, the diabolical duo insist the TV spot actually means “his last birthday as governor” — while, in the same breath, Redbones requests the addition of creepy kids singing “Happy Birthday” all spooky-like. It’s a funny moment, but not too far off from the time Trump pondered a method in which “Second Amendment people” could potentially prevent a Clinton presidency and later claimed he meant “through voting.” No need to read between the lines there.

And that’s not to say the other side is completely innocent of the sort of dubious tactics depicted in “The Bunker.” Hillary Clinton, who is said to have been the one to coin the term “The War Room” during her husband’s first presidential run, has earned the reputation of running a cold and calculated campaign. Similar to when Teddy Redbones takes extreme measures to paint Gov. Lester’s supporters as violent (it must be seen to be believed), “Bernie Bros” (also a term invented by the Clinton team) were painted as violent bullies who threw chairs and physically attacked those “With Her” — a move that has proved to be controversial.

When you watch “The Bunker,” take note that isn’t just an homage to The War Room. Despite being set in 1992, it presents how a political campaign would eventually be run once candidates abandoned all sense of decency, journalism called it quits and the electorate lost its collective mind. We’re just lucky we have “The Bunker” and Documentary Now! to help us laugh at all the madness as we head towards November 8th.

Watch the season premiere of Documentary Now! right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Rappers Act Up

Watch the Yo! IFC Acts Movie Marathon Memorial Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day weekend: how to celebrate? Nothing quite says “screw spring—let’s do summer” like blockbuster movies starring rappers who ditched lucrative music careers in order to become actors. It happened a lot, remember? Especially in and around the ’90s. Will Smith, Eminem, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Marky Mark Wahlberg, Ludacris…icons with the hubris to try the silver screen instead and have it totally work out.

But what if more rappers had made the leap? That’s a rhetorical question—movies (and life) would’ve been better, obviously. To prove it, here are some movies that totally would’ve been more memorable with rappers.

The Godfather

Starring Biggie, not Brando.
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Only Coolio could improve upon Gene Wilder’s performance.
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Billy Elliot, with a dose of Missy Elliott.
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Robin Hood: Price of Thieves

Low hanging fruit, Hollywood.
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And of course…

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See NONE of those movies and a whole bunch of real ones this Memorial Day weekend on IFC’s rapper-filled movie marathon.

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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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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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