In 1987, European director Paul Verhooven was tasked to direct a unique action film set in a not-so-distant future involving a cyborg police officer that tackled the excesses of that decade. The film, RoboCop, would turn into a franchise in of itself and become a nostagic element of the decade. But does this film truly deserve such adoration or is it really worth just a dollar? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris suit up to find out. 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:38am CDT
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In 2016, a small indie film quickly and quietly became one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, storming into the awards season and finally landing the Best Picture Academy Award. Moonlight tells the story of a young black boy as he becomes a man through a tumultuous childhood along with an array of colorful characters that influence him along the way. But does this critical darling deserve the glory it recieved or should it have gone to that other Best Picture "winner"? MovieDude Eric, Kent and special guests Jonolobster and Cesar find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:10am CDT
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In 1946, just one year after World War II had ended, director William Wyler pursued a passion project of his about the lives of three war vets whose return home came with turmoil and challenges. The film was highly celebrated at the time and yet has fallen off the radar over the years, but did the film deserve this or does it shine as one of the best depictions of veterans ever filmed? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris investigate.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:50am CDT
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In 1956, director John Ford reteamed with megastar John Wayne to film what is now considered one of if not the greatest western of all time; The Searchers. Wayne stars as a former Confederate soldier tasked with finding his abducted niece along with a half-Native American relative with whom he forms a strained bond with. But does the film live up to its iconic status or does it deserve to become lost to time? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris hit the trails to find out.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:17am CDT
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In 2016, director Damien Chazelle released his much-anticipated sophmore feature film La La Land, a modern day jazz musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a couple of young dreamers seeking to fulfill their dreams while falling in love. But does the film deserve a city of stars or a walk of shame? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris head to the west coast to find out.

 

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In 2016, director Ben Wheatley adapted the classic J.G. Ballard novel High Rise into the first big screen adaptation. Set in a posh 1970s London apartment block, the story revolves around a new tenant who watches as the other dwellers struggle and fight for supremacy in which he gets himself swept into. But does the film have something to say either about the time it's set in or modern day England or does it dive head-first off the 40th floor? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris sign a lease to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT
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In 2010, South Korea's film movement had seen international success for nearly a decade, most notably in the crime and horror genres. Director Jee-woon Kim molded a film to fit into both genres with I Saw the Devil about a secret service agent who is tracking the serial killer who had slaughtered his beloved only to set off a chain of events of tragic proportions. But does the film deserve the glowing reviews and admiration of the fans? MovieDude Eric and Kent follow along to find out.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am CDT
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In 2015, director Lenny Abrahamson brought Emma Donoghue's novel, Room, to the big screen. The story of a young boy entrapped and raised in a single room his entire life along with his mother resonated with critics and audiences alike through the performances of Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larsen respectively, and landing the latter her Academy Award. Yet does this film deserve such high praise or should it be locked away forever? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris find out.

 

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In 1996, director John Sayles released a film set in a Texas bordertown about a town sheriff trying to piece together a 30-year-old mystery that was literally unearthed during a time of change. The film would major milestones for stars Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Pena and a then-unknown Matthew McConaughey, who would go on to be much bigger stars, while the film itself got lost in time. But did the film deserve such a fate? MovieDude Eric, Kent, and Chris investigate.

 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:34am CDT
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In 1992, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels attemted to adapt a widely popular sketch from his show into a feature length film. Tapping long-time collaborator Penelope Spheeris to direct Wayne's World, a story about small-time public access celebrities who are given the opportunity to strike big. The merging of absurdist humor and pop culture parody became an immediate success with filmgoers and critics alike and would launch the film careers of stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as well as springboard Rob Lowe back into the limelight. But does this film deserve the glory or does it hurl? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris turn on the tube to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:21am CDT
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In 1986, director David Ainsbaugh released the underdog sports movie of the decade about a washed-up basketball coach who takes a small-town Indiana high school team to the top in the critically-acclaimed film Hoosiers. Starring film legends, Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper in what would be an Oscar-nominated turn, the film is still considered to be one of the best sports films of all time. But does the film deserve to be the State Champ or is simply a chump? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris take to the court to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:03am CDT
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In 1988, the widely popular Japanese manga Akira was adapted into a full-length anime feature set in a futuristic Neo-Tokyo rebuilt from the ashes of World War III. The film successfully brought a new international interest to Japanese anime and manga and set a standard that still exists to this day. But does this tale of two friends pitted against each other amidst psychics, revolutionaries, genetics and high-tech armies deserve the acclaim it recieved or should it be laid to waste? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:01pm CDT
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In 1933, directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack revolutionized blockbuster filmmaking when they married state-of-the-art animation, set and creature designs to create a tale about a giant gorilla that would become an film icon for decades to come. King Kong would also inspire generations of filmmakers who would go on to take leaps forward in visual effects and would eventually create even more lucrative creatures and even return to remake the original not once but twice. But does the original deserve the alpha status heaped upon it or does it take a long dive off an equally famous building? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:04pm CDT
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In 2016, acclaimed director Ava Duvernay released her much anticipated follow-up to Selma, a documentary called 13th which was aimed at discussing the issue of mass incarceration of African American men in U.S. prisons. The film was hailed by critics and garnered awards throughout the season, earning a Best Documentary Feature nomination for the Academy Award. But does the film truly represent the issues it is trying to tackle? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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Ran

In 1986, 76-year-old Akira Kurosawa shot his most epic yet intimate film in his decades long career, a Japanese adaptation of William Shakespeare's King Lear titled Ran. The film would become one of Kurosawa's most well-known works and would garner him his last Academy Award nomination for Best Director and would win for Best Costume Design. But does the film deserve the honors it recieved or should it suffer great tragedy? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:34pm CDT
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Arthouse Legends celebrates the holiday of romance by following around a couple of neurotic New Yorkers obsessing over their love lives and having quirky conversations directed by the guy who gave us Spinal Tap and would launch 90s romantic comedy craze. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally would set the standard for the next two decades on romance tropes. But does the film deserve the acclaim or is it just faking it in public? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:46am CDT
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In 1952, just after Gene Kelly's An American in Paris was regaled with Oscar glory, producer Arthur Freed created the first "jukebox" musical that tore through the MGM songbook for unused songs and constructed a story around them set in in the late 1920s Hollywood during the transition from silent films to "talkies". Singin' in the Rain would become one of the most enduring musicals of all time and would become the launchpad for a young actress named Debbie Reynolds. But does the film deserve to prance in the puddles or is it a total wash? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Chris put on their dancing shoes to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:50am CDT
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In 1978, the major studios were left in the wake of Star Wars trying to get science fiction films in theaters. Paramount Pictures, holders of the rights of a long-cancelled yet beloved television series called Star Trek, pulled it's creator and nearly the entire original cast back to active duty with famed director Robert Wise to create what would be one of the most divisive starts to a film franchise of all time. But does the film deserve the ire of critics and fans alike or is there more deep inside the nebula cloud that is the script? MovieDude Eric and Kent journey where quite a few podcasters have gone before to discover the truth.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:49am CDT
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In 1999 at the height of the teen comedy craze came a film set in 1978 about four boys' journey to see the legendary rock group KISS in Detroit and the only thing standing in their way is overjealous parents, the clergy, girls and their own ineptitude. While this film was panned by critics, MovieDude Eric, Kent & special guest Willie D. Nelson of All Things Good and Nerdy take the trip to Iron City to see if the critics were wrong.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:35pm CDT
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January is once again on us and that only means one thing: Arthouse Legends looks at films panned by film critics and determine if they weren't given a fair chance. Special Guest Anthony from All Things Good and Nerdy joins us as we look at the 1980 surprise hit that would launch one of the largest horror franchises yet was so hated by critics that it caused several of them to literally dox the filmmakers and one of it's lead actors. But does Friday the 13th deserve such ridicule or has time vindicated this staple of horror (not taking into account the numerous sequels in its wake)? Join the MovieDude Eric, Kent and Anthony as they stretch out by the lake, take in some archery and possibly some Strip Monopoly (you might not want to be around for that).

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:54am CDT
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It is a time of transition for Arthouse Legends as the show retools with new content and co-hosts. But before that happens, MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster say farewell to 2016 by looking back at the films discussed, give out some obligatory awards and enjoy one last ride together.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:37am CDT
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While Arthouse Legends prepares for 2017, MovieDude Eric counts down the worst five films he saw in 2016 plus the most disappointing film of the year.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:17pm CDT
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In 2015, Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' unleashed his latest absurdist film The Lobster to the film festival circuit and was immediately hailed by the film community. The story about a lonely man desperately seeking a mate under the threat of being turned into an animal was praised as either disturbing dystopic vision or askew metaphor for the absurd social pressures in regards to partnering. But does the film succeed in it's goals or should it be turned into the one thing no one ever wishes to become? Join us as we bid farewell to our own crustacean co-host Jonolobster in the final episode of 2016.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:54am CDT
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In 2008, playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh released his first feature-length film In Bruges about two Irish hitmen hiding out in the Belgium tourist town after a botched job. The film found critical praise and a cult following and considered an off-kilter new Christmas favorite in part due to its witty dialogue and zany characters. But does the film deserve the glory or should it rot in Bruges? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and guests D.X. Ferris and Chris check in to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:45am CDT
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In 2012 and 2015, director Quentin Tarantino stepped away from the contemporary crime scene to go back to the 60s, the 1860s that is in a pair of westerns set before and after the Civil War with Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. Both would net Oscars (including one for Tarantino's script and another for iconic composer Enio Morricone) and create controversy yet again for the filmmaker's use of colorful (no pun intended) language. But do these film rank as some of the best that this iconic filmmaker has made or should be strung up and ridden out on a rail? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster & special guest Cesar saddle up to find out.

* Due to technical difficulties, a significant part of the audio was damaged in the last third, meaning that the sound quality on that end is slightly under par. Please pardon this issue as we strive to bring the best experience possible. Thank you.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:56am CDT
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In 1987, screenwriter Shane Black and director Richard Donner brought the Buddy Cop genre from television to the big screen, pairing international sensation Mel Gibson with seasoned stage and film actor Danny Glover as two new partners on the trail of former Vietnam vets turned drug smugglers at Christmastime. The film, Lethal Weapon, would eventually become a decade-running franchise and influential 80s action film. But does the film deserve the glory or is it simply too old for this sh-?

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:56am CDT
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In 1997, just after the massive success of his adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, director Ang Lee set off to make his follow-up American film about 2 well-off families in 1973 Connecticut who are trying to reconcile their family dysfunctions during Thanksgiving as the weather turns dangerous. With a star-studded cast, based on a novel by Rick Moody, The Ice Storm would be one of Lee's most critically beloved films while being one of the filmmaker's greatest box office flops. But does the film deserve a fresh perspective or does it deserve ridicule? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster exit the train to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:25am CDT
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*CORRECTED* In 1962, director John Frankenheimer and pop star Frank Sinatra joined forces to turn a biting indictment of Cold War paranoia and McCarthyism politics known as The Manchurian Candidate into a film which would launch both actor and filmmaker into the highest strata of celebrity and coining a political term that would last beyond their lifetimes. But does the film deliver the goods or should it jump into the lake? MovieDude Eric, Kent & special guest Cody play a game of solitaire to find out.

* Note: While the discussion is primarily focused on the 1963 classic, there are spoilers for the 2004 remake starring Denzel Washington and Merryl Streep as well. 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:57am CDT
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In 2006, writer-director Mike Judge created his follow-up film to his cult favorite Office Space titled Idiocracy about an average guy who was sent far into the future to find himself now the smartest man on the planet that is ravaged by pollution, famine and advertising, ran by a maniacal former wrestler turned reality television host. 10 years later, this satire has taken a turn towards the prophetic in places. But does the film deserve the cult status it has also recieved or should it be buried under the Great Garbage Avalanche of 2505? Lobster, Kent & MovieDude Eric find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:49am CDT
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Continuing the theme of politics in film comes the story of a man with a bombastic and charismatic personality who creates his name through the media to become the dubious voice of the masses. That man is Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes as played by Andy Griffith in Elia Kazan's 1957 film A Face in the Crowd. While the film didn't find an audience for nearly 20 years after the release, it has since become one of the prophetic films that showed a vision of American politics that seems to cut closer to reality the older it gets. But does this film deserve the seat at the top or should it be shown the shaft? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster check in to find out.

 

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In 1996, a Time Magazine writer named Joe Klein penned a novel based off events surrounding the 1992 Democratic national primary and it's eventual presidential nominee. In 1998, director Mike Nichols, re-teaming with longtime collaborator Elaine May, adapted the novel into a feature film, Primary Colors. The film garnered great attention due to the content and the critics raved over the performances from John Travolta and Kathy Bates, but has since become little-discussed. Does the film go down as one of the most underrated political comedies of all time or is it just blowing smoke (or perhaps something else)? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster follow the campaign to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:15am CDT
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In 2012 coming off the critical success of Coraline, Laika Studios released their follow-up feature about a young boy who communicates with the dead tasked with dealing with an angry spirit and the horde of zombies at its call. ParaNorman once again captured the hearts of critics but could at best create a cult following. But does the film deserve better or should it be put back to rest for an eternal slumber? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster investigate.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:03am CDT
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After the massive success of Star Wars, science fiction became the go-to genre in Hollywood. But while other filmmakers were trying to make grand space epics, director Phillip Kaufman opted to adapt a seminal 1950s classic horror film Invasion of the Body Snatchers to modern times. The result was a remake that would arguably be considered better than the original. But does it stand the test of time with MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and special guest Anthony Bachman of All Things Good and Nerdy Podcast, or does it put them to sleep and turn them into veggiepods?

 

Music: "Long Note Four" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:26am CDT
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In 1931, Universal Studios released two horror films that would become immediate box office smashes and would start the first cinematic universe and a whole new genre of horror. One of those films was James Whale's Frankenstein. With such success, Universal ordered a sequel to be made (a very rare thing at the time), bringing back the director along with actors Colin Clive and the breakout star of the original film, Boris Karloff. While the sequel is considered the more iconic of the two films, based off one of literature's first gothic horror novels, do these films hold up as worthy of their iconic status or should the torches and pitchforks be at the ready? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster weather the lightning storm to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:24am CDT
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In 2014, New Zealand comedians Taika Watiti and Jermaine Clement, after achieving success internationally through television and film, retunred to a short they made nearly a decade before and turned into a feature-length mockumentary about a group of vampire flatmates who are trying to survive in the modern age in Wellington. The result is a wildly beloved cult film called What We Do In The Shadows. But is the film hypnotic or does it just... well... suck? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and special guest Lauren from Legends of SHIELD Podcast find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:34am CDT
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In 1983 cult director David Cronenberg, fresh off the success of Scanners, created his most ambitious horror film of his career, following a sleezy television executive who after pickup a rogue transmission starts down rabbit hole of sex, violence, paranoia and the grotesque. Starring James Woods and Debbie Harry, Videodrome has maintained a cult status through the years but has been considered to the critics as a cornerstone of Cronenberg's mastery of cinema. But does it deserve the acclaim or should it be Death to Videodrome and long live the new flesh? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster return to Arthouse of Horror to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:54am CDT
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In 1954, filmmaker Nicholas Ray was interested in getting to understand the new youth culture of the emerging Baby Boomer generation. In doing so, he enlisted the help of newfound talent James Dean along with child actor Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo to form a trio of teenagers from broken families that form one of their own in the light of a tragedy. The result was Rebel Without A Cause, the film that would be significant to a new generation of filmgoers and the biggest film of Dean's short career. But does it find honor and glory or does it fall off at cliff at full speed? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and Guest Ian from Primal Scenes check it out.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:37am CDT
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In 1958, French film critic Francois Truffaut set out to revolutionize French films by taking a more literary approach to filmmaking. His first feature, a semibiographical retelling of his troubled youth through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy caught in a world between unreliable adults and his own self-destructive impulses was titled The 400 Blows. The film became an immediate international sensation that kickstarted the French New Wave as other French filmmakers also started telling stories with this same approach that would come to change how films were seen all over the world. But does the film deserve such acclaim or should it be kicked out of school? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster ditch class to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:53am CDT
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In 1985, comedic writer John Hughes changed the dialogue between two generations when he wrote and directed a film about five high school students from very different paths of life forced to communicate with one another over the course of a Saturday detention titled The Breakfast Club. But does the film deserve the glory it recieved or should it be locked away in the broom closet for bad behavior? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and special guest D.X. Ferris find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:46am CDT
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Five years after the September 11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., director Paul Greengrass recreated the events of that day in a docudrama revolving around one specific plane along with the individuals trying to figure out what is happening titled United 93. Ten years later, MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster contemplate the impact of this critically beloved film while also discussing their personal ties to the actual events. 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:55am CDT
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In 1997, playwright-turned-filmmaker Neil Labute along with a tiny budget and a handful of unknown actors headed to Fort Wayne, Indiana and filmed In the Company of Men, based on Labute's play. The story centered on two spurned upper management trainers played by Aaron Eckhart and Matt Malloy who decide to maliciously toy with a deaf typist played by Stacy Edwards garnered critical acclaim for its brutal and unflinching look at misogyny and corporate culture. But does the film deserve the attention or should it fall on deaf ears? MovieDude Eric and Lobster fly out in Business class (while Kent stays at home) to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:31am CDT
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In 1950, hit filmmaker Billy Wilder took on Hollywood's dark side head-on when he created Sunset Blvd. The story about a hack screenwriter (William Holden) who becomes dangerously intertwined with a reclusive former silent movie star (Gloria Swanson) ripped open tensiltown's obsession with age, sex and power that became a huge success with critics and audiences alike. But does the film deserves its close-up or does it belong face-down in the pool? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out. 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:17am CDT
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In 1995, during the post-Hannibal Lecter craze of films featuring serial killers, Writer Andrew Kevin Walker and Director David Fincher release Se7en, which tells the story of a pair of detectives trying to catch an elusive psychopath staging his murders in a savage religious sermon. The film launched Fincher's career as a filmmaker of note and cemented the careers of Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. But does this film deserve absolution or does it fall into the sin of Pride? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster follow the clues to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:11am CDT
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In 1981, at the hight of a new historical drama boom, Warner Brothers released a Cannes Film Festival darling, Chariots of Fire, which told the story of two sprinters who competed at the 1924 Olympics despite the religious hurdles that stood in their way. But does the film deserve gold or does it stumble out of the blocks? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster get laced up for this Academy Award Winner.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:04pm CDT
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In 2003, the first wave of the Latino explosion of filmmakers were starting to settle into Hollywood from their respective parts south of the border, new filmmakers were starting to follow in their footsteps. One such filmmaker from Brazil, Fernando Mierelles, adapted a true crime novel based on a series of brutal street wars in a notorious favella twenty miles from Rio de Jinero called City of God. The film hit the international scene like a firecracker and garnered both critical and audience attention. As the world's eyes turn back to Rio in 2016 for the Olympic Games, does this film garner as a milestone in film or does it deserve to die in the streets? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster investigate.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:31am CDT
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In 1977, stuntman Hal Needham envisioned a road comedy about a couple of modern-day bootleggers trying to get a semi full of illegal beer from Texas to Georgia while being doggedly pursued by a deranged lawman. Aiding to this venture was Needham's roommate and budding star Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, country music star Jerry Reed and comedy icon Jackie Gleeson. What was a film that no one wanted to make was the second-highest grossing film of the year, only outdone by Star Wars. But does this film still have the moves or does it deserve to be busted? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and guests Wing and Shark Taco from Legends Podcast join in on the pursuit in this final run for Arthouse Summer 2016.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:55am CDT
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In 1994, after the huge success of Aladdin, Walt Disney Pictures next film was being released to little confidence by the top brass of the studio. What was supposed to be a little film by the studio would become their crowning achievement, a film set in the heart of Africa as a young lion cub is transformed by the tragic loss of his father and forced to face his past as an adult. But does The Lion King achieve Hakunah Matata status or is it a feast for the hyenas? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Special Guest Lauren of Legends of S.H.E.I.L.D. enter the Circle of Life to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:11am CDT
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In 1984, the most successful stars of comedy joined forces to make a film about an trio of scientists who start a new business venture in paranormal investigation and elimination, or shortly put, Ghostbusters. What no one expected, including the cast and crew themselves, was that this would be one of the biggest films of the 80s, but also one of the most enduring films of all time. But does it deserve the trip down the pole or should it be seen as the demon dog it is? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and guest Solai suit up and start up their proton packs as they discuss this beloved film.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:04am CDT
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In 1996, director Roland Emmerich and writing partner Dean Devlin released a summer blockbuster that became one of the most discussed films of the year about an alien apocalypse that mixed human melodrama with state of the art visual effects and broad comedy. The result was Independence Day, which became one of the most successful films of the decade and launched star Will Smith into superstardom while cementing the legacy of Jeff Goldblum. But does the film deserve it's status as a pinnacle of 90s cinema or should the lady of magnanimous girth belt out her final tome for the film? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and All Things Good and Nerdy's Willie Nelson kick the tires and light the fires to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:41am CDT
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In the summer of 2015 with superhero films coming out at breakneck speed and anticipation for a new Star Wars film building, what very few expected to be the clamoring to the theaters for was the fourth and decades-dormant Max Max sequel directed by 72-year-old creator George Miller and starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron about a post-apocalyptic chase involving a warlord and a bevy of beautiful brides. But did the film deserve the international adoration (and subsequent Academy Awards nominations)? Or should it be buried in the sand? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and Special Guest Jeannie from Tyrion's Landing strap in to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:20am CDT
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In 2002, Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki released his much anticipated Spirited Away in Japan and crushed the Japanese box office. The following year, he won the Academy Award for best animated feature. But does the film about a petulant young girl forced to save her parents from a cruel fate in a land filled with ancient spirits deserve to be considered to be one of if not the best animated film of all time? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster check in and see for themselves.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:31am CDT
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In 1987, just years since his breakout debut, Errol Morris returned to theaters tackling a true crime case of a man that was seemingly railroaded to death row for the death of a police officer based on flimsy evidence and even flimsier witnesses. But was justice served or did a killer get away to commit more horrendous crimes? The Thin Blue Line tries its best to answer that. But does it do that job well? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster try their best to answer that.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:46am CDT
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In 1992, American society was going through a transition in a post-Cold War world. From that transition comes Joel Schumacher's Falling Down, a darkly comedic character study about an angry white middle-class man rampaging through Los Angeles trying to get to his daughter's birthday party and refusing to let anyone stand in his way. But does the film deserve the film's acclaim or does it deserve a solid thrashing? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:39am CDT
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In 1992, American society was going through a transition in a post-Cold War world. From that transition comes Joel Schumacher's Falling Down, a darkly comedic character study about an angry white middle-class man rampaging through Los Angeles trying to get to his daughter's birthday party and refusing to let anyone stand in his way. But does the film deserve the film's acclaim or does it deserve a solid thrashing? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:39am CDT
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In 1975, a young filmmaker named Stuart Cooper was working with the Imperial War Museum to make a World War II documentary about the individual soldier until he decided to make Overlord, a war film using unused war footage about a young man sent off to fight for Britain and is part of the first wave to hit the beach at Normandy and to meet him impending fate. But does the film revolutionize war movies or the product of a lazy filmmaker? Eric, Kent & Lobster check the reels to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:07am CDT
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In 1968, France's Jacques Tati had become an international film sensation in large part to his famous character Monsiour Hulot, a bumbling Parisian whose escapades had made the world laugh. Wanting to branch out along with expressing a serious concern of the modernization of Paris, Tati spent several years and millions of dollars to make his most expensive film yet. While the initial response was failure, it has grown to become one of Tati's most beloved films. But does the film deserve that praise or should it be lost the clutter of cubicles and office furniture? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:13am CDT
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In 2015, critics hailed an independent film shot entirely with an iPhone called Tangerine about a recently paroled trans woman in pursuit of her philandering boyfriend and his girlfriend over the course of Christmas Eve. But does the film live up to the critical acclaim or a descent to a pit of despair? Moviedude Eric, Kent & Lobster hit the streets to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:30am CDT
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In 1982, Director Ridley Scott, fresh off the success of Alien, chose a film adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" to create a cyberpunk film noir called Blade Runner starring newly minted megastar Harrison Ford. The troubled production was initially praised for it's visual flair while criticizing it's slow pace and tacked-on ending. But when the "director's cut" came out during the boom of VHS, the film's stature elevated outside cult classic to a widely hailed masterpiece. But does the film genuinely deserve the praise it got both for it's theatrical and post-theatrical renditions or should it disappear like tears in the rain? Eric, Kent & Lobster strap in for a little retirement. 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:29am CDT
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In 1957, Swedish Filmmaker released The Seventh Seal into international theaters and became an instant icon of European cinema. The film about a knight and his squire traversing a Black Plague-riddled Sweden while playing a fate-deciding game of chess created countless knockoff and would provide some of the longest-lasting images ever put to film. But does the film deserve a pass or should it be taken away in a dance of despair? Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:55pm CDT
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1987 saw the return of Stanley Kubrick since 1980's The Shining. His film, Full Metal Jacket, took on the subject of the Vietnam War from the perspective of a group of raw recruits to full warfare. One slight problem, just months before Full Metal Jacket came out was the release of Platoon, which had critical adoration. But does Kubrick's view of an unpopular war still resonate or does it leave audiences doing the thousand yard stare? Join MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster at reveille as they discuss this film.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:54am CDT
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In 2001, the Boston Globe's investigative reports team known as Spotlight broke one of the most disturbing and longest-running conspiracies of all time. In 2016, the film Spotlight won the Best Picture Academy Award despite only winning one other award that year. The film topped many critics lists while being slow to catch on with audiences. But does the film deserve the high acclaim or should it have been lost in the archives? Moviedude Eric, Kent & Lobster pull out their notepads and chase the story.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:29pm CDT
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In 1960, director Stanley Kramer utilized his critical acclaim to make a riveting film based on the Broadway play Inherit the Wind. Pitting Hollywood titans Spencer Tracy and Frederic March against one another in a fictionalized retelling of the Scopes Monkey Trail, the film garnered many Academy Award nominations and made the careers of many who would go on in television. But does the film stand up to the test of time or does the court find it guilty? Eric, Kent and Lobster find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:14pm CDT
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In 2002, actress-comedian Nia Vardalos teamed up with producing partners Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson to bring her one-woman play to the big screen. The film My Big Fat Greek Wedding recounts a Greek Chicago woman's courtship and wedding to a non-Greek and the clash of cultures that occurred. The film swelled with word-of-mouth buzz and over the course of several months became a sensation. But does the film deserve to say "Opa!" or does it need to apply some Windex? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster don their tuxes and crash the wedding.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT
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In 1974, John Boorman made a post apocalyptic fantasy that was universally panned by audiences and critics and helped Sean Connery not see a good role for over a decade. In 2016, Legends Podcast challenged Arthouse Legends to watch this movie. Consider the challenge met.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:29am CDT
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In 1975, as America was about to celebrate its bicentennial, critically acclaimed filmmaker Robert Altman was hard at work at making his contribution to the festivities in his film Nashville. A sprawling epic starring 24 noted actors about the lives and dreams of the citizens of the state capitol of Tennessee and self-proclaimed "Music City of the World". The critics deemed it a game changing piece of cinema while audiences didn't buy much into it. But does it deserve to belong or should it be outcast? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster take their seats at the Grand Ole Opry to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:17am CDT
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As two comic book titans are about the square off against one another in theaters, Arthouse Legends has decided to weigh in on the fight over fifty years in the making. On one corner, we look at Superman from his 1978 film directed by Richard Donner. On the other, we look at Batman as directed by Tim Burton from 1989. Both were widely recieved with acclaim that has survived recastings, remakes and Bat-nipples. But which one is better superhero? And more importantly, which is the better film? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster measure the tale of the tape to find out.

 

Music: "Faceoff" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:44pm CDT
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On the 100th Episode of Arthouse Legends, MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster return to the Family Business with Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo as they tackle the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, The Godfather Part II. Gone are Marlon Brando and James Caan, but in their place are new family members and newer threats. Critics and audiences consider this the pivotal sequel that rivals the original. But does that fly with our three geeks or does it need to take a ride on the boat?

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:27am CDT
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In 1962, Universal Pictures released the film version of Harper Lee's wildly successful bestseller, now American Classic tale of two children living in the heart of Jim Crow south and their father who faces adversity in defending an innocent African American on trial for rape. The film would go on to be a classic in its own right, but does it belong in that pantheon? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster take a seat in the balcony to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:23am CDT
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In 1988, Italian Art House Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci proposed a film with the Chinese government to tell the story of the last proclaimed emperor of The Forbidden Kingdom who started his reign at 2 and whose last days were spent as a peasant gardener. Winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, but does this film deserve those awards or should it be sent to a life of obscurity?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:43am CDT
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In 2001, action director Antoine Fuqua teamed up with legendary actor Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke to tell the story of an ambitious rookie police officer who's being lead through the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles Police Department's Narcotics Division by a charasmatic and dangerous head detective. What no one expected was that Washington's performance would catapult him to winning his second Oscar and first as lead actor. But does the film earn the glory or does it deserve lonely death at the side of the road? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster roll out to investigate.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:50am CDT
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In 2007, an indie musical came out of the film festivals to massive critical acclaim and quickly garnered a popular following that eventually elevated it's two non-actor leads into musical sensations and Academy Award winners and their story into a Tony Winning musical. Once tells the story of an Irish busker who befriends a young pianist and make great music together. But does the film fall slowly or drop like dead weight? Eric, Kent & Lobster kiss the Blarney Stone to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:26am CDT
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In 2014, media sensation Oprah Winfrey helped get a film project about Martin Luther King Jr.'s turbulent campaign in Selma, Alabama off the ground. For the director's chair, she selected young indie filmmaker Ava Duvernay. With a cast rounded with classically trained British actors and a plethora of established names in small roles, Selma became a media darling and a three-time Oscar nominee, yet only winning one for best original song. But does Selma find glory for its subject matter or does it deserve to get lost in the sands of time? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster head south to find out.

 

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Concluding this year's Arthouse Rejects is a listener selection about a family man trapped in a very twisted day with his family at Walt Disney World. Escape From Tomorrow is as well known by how they made the movie more than the movie itself as the filmmakers used guerilla tactics to film inside the park without permits a film is is very much not family friendly. But does the outcome warrant more acclaim than the critics gave it credit or does the film deserve a strong dose of Cat Flu? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and special guest Jesse whose selection is what is being discussed.

 

Music: "Poofy Reel" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:53am CDT
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For nearly 20 years after Frank Herbert's epic space saga Dune reached bookshelves, talks of making a film version had been in the winds. But it would be powerhouse producer Dino DeLarentiis who would eventually get the project completed with up and coming cinema visionary David Lynch. After rumbings of dissatisfaction on the set and between director and producer, Lynch's vision of an alien world hundreds of thousands of years into the future where a mystical prophesy could be the key to a galactic power struggle came to the screen. The resulting mob of hate from fans and critics alike would drive Lynch away from big budget film productions for good. But did the film deserve to be eaten by monster worms or could this film be misunderstood? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Jonolobster awaken the sleeper to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:57am CDT
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1997 a golden year in films with such titles as L.A. Confidential and Titanic. The Man Who Knew Too Little was NOT one of those films. Starring Bill Murray during his mid-90s slump, this British farcical comedy about a dim-witted American caught up in international intrigue left critics cold and audiences colder. But were they wrong to turn their back on this film or should it have been left in a nameless ditch? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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In 2015, Arthouse Legends recorded fifty-two episodes of classic and independent films. Looking back on the year, the MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster lament over the best, the worst and the most unique of the lot as well as a taste of what is to come in 2016, including the winner of the Listener's Choice to be recorded later this month. What makes the grade or gets left in the dust? Find out as the Year of the Future gets the send-off it deserves.

 

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As a final farewell to 2015, the gentlemen of Arthouse Legends is discussing one of the year's most discussed films with the stars of the year's most successful film. When a young man is invited to the secluded home of his genius employer, he it invited to partake in an experiment to test the world's first AI automaton. But soon he finds himself caught in a game with unexpected consequences. But does this award-winning film deserve the applause it is getting or should it be deleted from existence? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster collect their keycards to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:45am CDT
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In 1946, with World War II officially at an end, Hollywood was getting back to business as usual with filmmakers and actors alike coming out of their military service. For Frank Capra, this was the time to finally make a film he had in the works prior to the war. Enlisting Jimmy Stewart once again, he tells the story of George Bailey, a small town businessman whose impact on others would be examined on Christmas Eve. The result would be It's A Wonderful Life, a box office disappointment  that would eventually become a hallmark of the Holiday Season. But does the film deserve the blessings given to it or should we wish never existed? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster are on the case.

 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:23am CDT
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In 1977, independent filmmaker George Lucas took on his most ambitious project yet, an homage of science fiction serials of the 1950 utilizing new visual techniques not yet tested on film and under a very constrictive budget. What would come of it has become a worldwide phenomenon simply known as Star Wars. But does the original film (in its original format) stand the test of time or does it need a photon torpedo up the exhaust port? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and Special Guest Lauren of Legends of SHIELD Podcast root through the smoldering remains in a live event.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:37am CDT
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In 1994, director Ted Demme and MTV comedian Denis Leary collaborated on a holiday comedy about a house burgler who takes a very unhappily married couple hostage on Christmas Eve. The critics lauded the sharp witty dialogue and the performances by Leary, Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis. But does the film deserve a present under the tree or candlewax burns to the scalp? Eric, Kent & Lobster join in to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:47am CDT
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Last Month, Netflix released it's first original film about a young boy from an unnamed African country thrust into becoming a soldier after losing everything. Directed by True Detective's Cary Joji Fukanaga and starring Idris Elba as the charismatic commander of these children along with newcomer Abraham Attah, does this film deserve the early Oscar buzz or should it be left on the side of the road? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:11am CDT
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In 1975, a young unknown writer/actor named Sylvester Stallone sold a story about an underdog Philadelphia boxer who is given a chance to take on the heavyweight champion of the world. Little did anybody see that Rocky and its star would create one of the most influential sports stories of all time. But does the film go the distance or should it be left out on skid row. MovieDude Eric, Jono "The Boiler" Lobster and Hoosier Bruiser Kent enter the ring.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:18am CDT
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In 1920, the first vestiges of independent film were slowly trickling out as small businesses started trying to make their own films. One such company in the American Southwest decided to make a film based on the living experiences of their screenwriter's decades-long time with the Plains Indians, telling the story of two suitors for the heart of a Kiowa chieftain's daughter and the consequences of their rivalry. Using a cast made completely of non-white actors during the silent film era and lost for nearly 90 years, does The Daughter of Dawn deserve its second life? Moviedude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:53am CDT
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In 1984, writer-director Michael Radford was given the greenlight to construct his ultimate vision of prominent 1948 novel by George Orwell about a dystopian future where a midlevel bureaucrat falls in love in the ultimate defiance against the repressive regime. Starring John Hurt and Richard Burton in his final performance, shot by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins and scored by 80s pop group The Eurythmics, does this version deserve to be watched or should it be sent to Room 101?

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00am CDT
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1996 saw the emergence of the Tarantino Babies, films that were released hoping to capture the essence of Pulp Fiction. One such film, written by actor-turned-screenwriter Jon Favreau and directed by Doug Liman was Swingers, about a late 20s Los Angeles newcomer and his hip if clueless friends. But is the movie genuine money or should be left waiting by the phone? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster cruise around to investigate.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:17am CDT
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In 1993, director Tim Burton was at the height of his popularity when decided to work with Disney on a stop motion animated project based on his original story, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Tapping famed animator Henry Selick to direct, he set out to tell the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown who devises a crazy plan to take over Christmas. The film garnered a cult following over the years and is now considered a genuine holiday classic. But does the film deserve the acclaim or should it be sent gift-wrapped to the lair of Oogie Boogie? Eric, Kent & Lobster get into the spirit of the holidays in this Halloween holiday special.

 

Music: "Long Note Four" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00am CDT
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Fresh off his Academy Award-winning French Connection, director William Friedkin would mount his most daring film yet about a young girl possessed by a demon, her terrified mother and the priest bound to save her from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most iconic horror films of all time, The Exorcist challenged critics and audiences alike, but does the film deserver eternal glory or should it rot the darkest pits of Hell? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Lobster and Legends of SHIELD's Lauren brought the straps and holy water to find out.

 

Music: "Long Note Four" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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In 1960, famous filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock took a daring gamble with his career when he decided to adapt Robert Bloch's novel Psycho into one of the first auteur-helmed horror films. This gamble changed not only how the genre was perceived to be, but how movies were to be marketed forever. But does the story of a troubled young woman, an envelope full of cash, and an introverted motel owner worthy of the iconic status it has earned or should stay home with Mother? Eric, Kent & Lobster check in to find out.

 

Music: "Long Note Four" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:27am CDT
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In 2014, Australian actress-turned-filmmaker Jennifer Kent unleashed her feature film debut at Sundance and immediately created a stir. Her film, The Babadook, looked at a widowed mother and her son facing a terrible force unleashed from a children's book. But does this film deserve to be recognized as a possible new horror classic or should it be long forgotten? Eric, Kent & Lobster crack it open to see for themselves

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:24am CDT
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After the failure of his most commercial film yet, horror master Wes Craven returned to the genre he knew best and made one of the most iconic monsters of all time; undead child murder Freddy Kruger. But does the film earn the status as one of the last inventive horror films or should it be slaughtered in its sleep? Eric, Kent, Lobster and special guest DX Ferris set our alarm clocks to find out.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:34am CDT
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In 1975, the newly minted international comedy troupe Monty Python had made their first film lampooning the Authurian legend through various sketches that bounced from high-brow political commentary to toilet humor. But does this film deserve the classic status it has now garnered or should it be sent to the bottom of the bottomless pit? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster clap our coconuts together and sally forth to investigate.

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:34am CDT
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After the massive success of Fargo, Ethan and Joel Coen quickly came out with a film that was initially considered by all to be a minor film in their repertoire. What no one expected was that this film about a slacker stoner being drawn into a kidnapping caper would be their most widely beloved film. But does it roll the perfect game or nothing but Gutterballs. MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster hit the lanes to find out.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:15am CDT
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In 1965, Indonesia was the stage for a violent coup that would give power to gangsters and paramilitary groups with the goal to find and slaughter communists and their sympathizers. In 2003, director Joshua Oppenheimer found several of these individuals and offered them a chance to reinact their brutality on film in any way they want. The result would be The Act of Killing, a documentary that blurs the line between fact and fiction. But does the film earn the acclaim? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster investigate.

 

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Football season is here and Arthouse Legends is as much a fan of the pigskin as any other show. In celebration of the return to the gridiron, MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster head to South Bend, Indiana with a young man looking to play football with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in 1993's Rudy. But does this film deserve to run out onto the field or stay on the prep team?

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In 1915, film director D.W. Griffith made a 3 hour epic tale of the Civil War and it's aftermath that would become the first massive blockbuster in US History. It would also become the most controversial film ever made not only because of its depictions of African Americans but also from its idolization of the Ku Klux Klan. 100 years after the release of this film, MovieDude Eric, Kent & Jonolobster are heading down to Dixie to make what we can of this difficult film.

WARNING: This episode discusses the very touchy subject of racism, hate groups and political movements heavily involved in the matter.

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In 1969, the wildly popular rock band The Rolling Stones was finishing up their American tour with a free charity concert at the Altemont Springs Raceway in California, a concert that was touted to be on par with Woodstock. Documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin were on hand to document the entire affair that quickly got out of hand. Considered one of the most unique rockumentaries ever made, does the film give Satisfaction or does it get no sympathy from the Devil? Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

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In 1979, street gangs had been a feared norm in inner city life. Director Walter Hill decided the best way to deal with the issue was to make a film about one such gang called The Warriors who must get through treacherous turf from the Bronx all the way home at Coney Island with hundreds of gangs (and cops) hot on their heels. But does this cult classic deserve its street cred or does it deserve to get jacked? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster take to the streets to find out.

 

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In 1985, Australian auteur Peter Weir came to America to make his first Hollywood film. For this effort, he chose Witness about a young Amish boy who sees a murder and the police officer who is trying to protect him and his mother. Nominated for Academy Awards, including one for Harrison Ford, does Witness deserved the attention or should it be buried in the corn? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster head to Amish Country to find out.

 

 

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Just after World War II, Italy was in the midst of great hardship. Director Vittorio De Sica, utilizing practical locations and unknown actors, created a film that captured the hardship of a man whose employment is at risk when his bicycle is stolen. Having only one day to find it, he and his young son traverse Rome in a desperate search. But does this film deserve to be found or should time have stolen it for good? MovieDude Eric, Kent, and Lobster lace up their sneakers to find out.

 

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In the final installment of Arthouse Summer, the Arthouse Legends crew take on the one filmmaker no one expected to be touched; Michael Bay. In 1996, fresh off his unexpectedly successful feature debut, he released his second film with famous action producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer with action icon Sean Connery along with esteemed actors Nicholas Cage and Ed Harris called The Rock about a convict and a federal agent trying to bring down an esteemed general and his forces that have holed up on Alcatraz with 81 hostages and tons of nerve gas. But does this film deserve the adoration of critics and action fans or should it have been victim to one of Bay's trademark explosions?

 

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In 1975, a young director named Steven Spielberg to tasked to helm an adaptation to Peter Benchley's bestselling novel Jaws as his first big budget film. Set in a New England island, the story of three men's fight with a menacing great white shark notoriously kept people off the beach in its wake. But does the film deserve a bigger boat or a deep watery grave? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster head out to sea to find out.

 

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In 1985, Director Robert Zimeckis teamed up with former film school pal Steven Spielberg to make his most ambitious film at the time about an 80s teen who is sent 30 years into the past, meeting up and complicating the lives of the younger versions of his parents, not to mention his mad scientist mentor. Back to the Future would be the most successful film that year and become one of the most iconic films of that decade. But does the film deserve that acclaim or should it be erased from existence? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster hit 88 miles per hour to find out.

 

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The Wizard Of Oz Gets Unnecessary 3D Re-release

1939 was considered a great year in film, but it was also the year of the first genuine summer blockbuster, a film directed a both adults and children based on Frank L. Baum's book, The Wizard of Oz. The story of a Kansas farmgirl who finds herself in a fantasy world after being swept up in a cyclone has become a mainstay in the imaginations of generations and considered one of the best films ever made. But does the film deserve such high esteem or should it be destroyed by a pack of flying monkeys? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster follow the Yellow Brick Road to find out.

 

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Welcome to the first episode of Arthouse Summer, our month-long look at Summer Blockbusters that changed pop culture forever. The first episode in this series looks at not just one but TWO films that did so when filmmaker James Cameron, along with mega-star Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as sci-fi icon Linda Hamilton, took audiences on a chase against advanced robots determined to alter the future by eliminating a young woman, then her son in both The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

 

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1994 was the year we saw the world through a simple man's eyes, learned what a Quarter Pounder with Cheese is called in France and that singing lions can stage Shakepearian tragedies. But the one film nobody saw coming that year was The Shawshank Redemption, a film that only a few short years later would be deemed one of the films of all time. Directed by Frank Darabount and based on a novella by Stephen King, this is the story of two convicts serving life sentences whose friendship gets them through the hardships of life on the inside. But does the film deserve the acclaim it got or does it deserve 2 months in the Hole? Eric, Kent & Lobster take a cell to find out.

 

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MovieDude Eric, Jonolobster & special guest Jeannie from Tyrion's Landing podcast discuss Jurassic World.

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MovieDude Eric and special guest Cesar rank their picks for the best films of all time. This video looks at #90-81.

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After suffering from what be his most monumental failure at the time, director Quentin Tarantino, feeling unsure of his future, did what anybody would do in his position, make his first big-budget feature featuring Brad Pitt as his main star (only to give him very little screen time) and a little-known German actor named Cristoph Waltz as his most iconic villain. Set in Nazi-occupied France, he set a stage of revenge, wish fulfilment and cinema that could only be named Inglourious Basterds. But does the film deserve the red carpet or a most horrible, violent death? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster drop in to find out.

 

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MovieDude Eric and guest Cesar V. Go over their top 100 films they love. This installment discusses numbers 100 through 91.

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In 1967, comedic writer and actor Mel Brooks created one of the most bombastic films of all time about two unscrupulous Broadway producers who are out to make the worst musical of all time, simply called The Producers. The film garnered critial acclaim all the way to Academy Awards, then 30 years later at the Tonys. But does the film deserve the standing ovation or does it deserve 10-to-25 in the can? Eric, Kent & Lobster invests to find out.

 

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While 1992 might have been the year of Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino, it was also a unique year for the Broadway/Hollywood actors. As Broadway plays were being used to fill cable telvision slots, Pulizer winner playwright David Mamet and director James Foley put together a film version of Mamet's groundbreaking play Glengarry Glen Ross. What they didn't expect was a nearly all-star cast headed by Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon willing to take drastic pay cuts to get in on the project, which immediately boosted the project to a theatrical release. But does the film close the deal or does it get third place?

 

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Our new game show where geeks square off to pitch an original movie using a preselected genre, director and actors. In our inaugural episode, Arthouse Legends Podcast Co-Hosts Jonolobster & Kent must come up with a time travel film in the style of Danny Boyle using Matthew McConaughey, Amy Adams and Bruce Dern. Who has the best plot? Would you see those movies?

 

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In 1970 was the height of the Vietnam War and most of America was losing confidence in the United States military by the day. Military movies were starting lose their luster as they didn't portray how audiences feel about the military. But then came Patton, an epic 3 hour movie based on the life and legend of General George S. Patton, a brilliant yet notorious military commander of World War II. Playing the titular role was George C. Scott, a respected character actor who would create in Patton a character to root for and to despise. The critics lauded the film for its scope and Scott's performance. Audiences seemed to back them up as the film became a massive success. But does one proclaimed perfect performance make a movie great or does it need to be slapped down to size? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster enlist to find out.

 

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Filmed at Comicpalooza 2015 in Houston, Texas, famed character actor Jason Isaacs of Harry Potter and Event Horizon fame takes questions about his nearly 20-year career.

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In 1986, just off his most disasterious flop yet, David Lynch decided to make a film that would become a trademark of the filmmaker's unique style, Blue Velvet. The film about a young man (Kyle McLaughlin) who stumbles upon a twisted underworld in his hometown would become one of the most divisive films among audiences and critics alike, not to mention being a mind-twister to boot. But does the film deserve such recognition? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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Just off his Oscar win for Annie Hall, writer/director Woody Allen decided to make a bold and controversial film about a frustrated television writer with a teenage girlfriend, a vindictive ex-wife and an insatiable crush on his best friend's mistress. Set in and around the most highly respected of New York's five buroughs, Woody Allen's Manhattan was as widely respected as his Oscar Winner, leading newcomer Muriel Hemmingway to be nominated for her first Academy Award. But does this film earn high regard or condemned like many a-New York walkups of yesteryear? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

NOTE: This episode was recorded late in 2014. Bear in mind any technical glitches or anachronistic language.

 

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In the midst of making one of the largest motion pictures of all time, director Joss Whedon took 12 days off, gathered up a trusted group of actors and and crew (aka his friends) and shot a black and white Shakespeare adaptation at his home as a side project. Much Ado About Nothing plays out in modern day as Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedic (Alexis Denizoff) duel off against one another as their two best friends are seeking to get married. But can one of Hollywood's biggest geeks do the Bard proud or should this have remained a home movie? Eric, Kent & Special Guest Lauren from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. podcast joins in on the wine, revels and song.

 

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The 1970s were the time of the epic disaster films, especially the specific subgenre of "Trouble on a plane" movies. Enter Jim Abrahams and brothers Jerry and David Zucker of Kentucky Fried Movie fame. Their film Airplane! would be the first spoof of existing films, paving the way for an entirely new brand of slapstick comedy. But does the film deserve the acclaim and fame it got or does it crash and burn? Eric, Kent & Lobster are boarding the flight.

 

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In 1971, director William Friedkin created the first authentic police procedural starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. The French Connection tells the story of New York detective Popeye Doyle as he obsessively pursues leads towards a huge heroin score. The film scored several Oscars, including ones for Hackman, Friedkin and Best Picture. But does the film earn those accolades or does it miss the train? MovieDude, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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In 1984, director Milos Foreman brought a nearly all-American crew back to his hometown of Soviet-occupied Prague to film an adaptaion of the wildly successful Broadway play Amadeus. Telling the story of the envious Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) as he plots to kill the object of his obsession, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), the film dives deep into rich themes of obsession, mediocrity and the nature of producing art. But does the film deserve it's Best Picture Oscar or should it have been lost in time? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:21pm CDT
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In 1990, young filmmaker Richard Linklater filmed an absurd yet zany expiramental film that travels around the various streets, shops and citizens of Austin, Texas, creating a film unlike what many have ever seen before and since. That film, Slacker, is known as being a watershed moment in independent film, inspiring the likes of Kevin Smith and Paul Thomas Anderson while cementing Linklater's status as a filmmaker of note. But does Slacker deserve the recognition it has recieved or should it get lost in the haze of hipsters, hippies and various misfits that fill its run time?

 

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In 2008, Director James Marsh conducted interviews with Phillipe Petit, the man who in 1974 was responsible for performing a high-wire act between the two World Trade Buildings in New York, along with the surviving crew members who helped in his six-year journey. The film recieved high regards and won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. But does the film keep its balance? Eric, Kent & Lobster investigate.

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It's our 50th Episode and to celebrate, we have a guest. Legends Podcast's Wing joins us as we talk about the 2015 Best Picture Oscar Winner Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Get in on the conversation about a film that has a whole lot to say, or maybe only appears to, about the state of art, movies, superheroes and actors. Starring Michael Keaton in an Oscar-nominated role as a washed-out movie star trying to jumpstart his career while putting a beloved superhero role behind him. But does the film soar or did it become street pizza?

 

 

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Ida

 

In this 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Winner, a young novice reconnects with her long-lost aunt as they try to uncover the truth about her parents. But did this film deserve its Oscar or should have been stayed locked up in a convent? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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In 2013, Director Steve McQueen took on his most ambitious film to date, telling the stunning true story of Solomon Northrup, a free Northern African American man who was kidnapped and taken South as a slave decades before the American Civil War. Starring Chewitel Eljiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt along with Lupita N'yongo (who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role).

Note: The mentioned review by Armond White can be found here: http://www.nyfcc.com/2013/10/3450/

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In this special supplemental show, recorded live via Google Hangout, we discuss the glitz, the glamour, the winners and the losers of the 87th Academy Awards. Stay tuned for a special announcement about an exciting upcoming Arthouse Legends event!

 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9rHKp8pUVo

 

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In 2003, Clint Eastwood reinvented himself yet again as a director of high quality dramas when he adapted Dennis Lahane's gritty novel Mystic River about three childhood friends who find themselves on different sides of a murder investigation. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, winning two for actors Tim Robbins and Sean Penn, this film has been one of Clint Eastwood's finest films. But does the film deserve the love or should it be sent to the bottom of titualar waterway? MovieDude, Kent and Lobster investigate.

 

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In 1960, director Billy Wilder released one of his most memorable comedies of his career. The Apartment, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine about an ambitious employee who allows his boss to use his apartment to entertain his mistress, would not only capture the attention of critics and audiences alike, but win Best Picture, a feat not too common for comedies. But does this film deserve to have it's own seperate key or would audiences do better playing gin rummy instead?

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In 1996, director Danny Boyle adapted a famed novel about drug addiction in Scotland and the generation most greatly affected by it. Starring up-and-comers such as Ewan MacGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlisle, Trainspotting is a film that created unforgettable imagry and even more unforgettable characters. But does the film Choose Life or should it climb into the toilet bowl? Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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In December 2002, director Alexander Sokurov achieved a monumental feat of filmmaking by shooting an entire 96 minute feature film in just one take involving nearly 2000 actors and 3 live orchestras. The film Russian Ark became an international sensation on the arthouse circuit and a darling to critics the world over. But does the film deserve the honor or is simply adrift? MovieDude Eric, Kent & Lobster climb onboard to find out.

 

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On this special episode, the guys discuss the 2015 Academy Award Nominees as well as the 2015 Golden Raspberry Nominees.

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In 2000, Cameron Crowe released a semibiographical look at his life called Almost Famous about a 15-year-old journalist sent out on assignment with a rock band during their 1973 tour across America. The film garnered fans with critics and audiences alike, even winning an Oscar in the process. But does the film deserve an encore or should it be sent home? Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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It's been 2 years of Arthouse Legends and the MovieDude Eric, Kent and Lobster are looking back at the good, the bad, and the insane things they've seen over that time.

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Have you ever had a movie or show that you were certain was going to be bad turn out to be something you enjoy? MovieDude Eric and Kent have five each that they wish to share in the final episode of 2014. You can find the actual list on the official Arthouse Legends Tumblr and Facebook pages.

 

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On this short, extra end-of-year episode of Arthouse Legends, MovieDude Eric pontificates on five worst films of 2014 (according to him).

 

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In 1983, provocative filmmaker Bob Clark started a collaboration with author Jean Shepherd to bring several of his acclaimed short stories to the silver screen, the most notable one about a young boy whose obsession for a new air rifle would be the catalyst for comedy. But is this film the best gift under the tree or does it deserve a bar of soap in the mouth? Eric, Kent & Lobster bundle up and find out.

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Arthouse Legends starts the Holiday Season with an episode that will send you though the back of the theater. In 1988, John McTiernan, hot off the success of Predator, set out to his latest action masterpiece, a film that inadvertantly changed the genre forever, casting comedic actor Bruce Willis as the hard-as-nails New York cop in a Los Angeles skyscraper faced up against a team of terrorists on Christmas Eve with the fate of his estranged wife in the balance. But is this film worthy of the acclaim or does it deserve a swan dive at 40 floors? Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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By the late 80s, John Hughes became one of the biggest comedic filmmakers of the decade. Known mostly for teenage fare, he decided to make a film squared directly at adults starring two of the funniest men of that era, Steve Martin and John Candy, to tell a story of a family man desperate to get home for Thanksgiving but is stuck with a mild-mannered if clumsy trinket salesman as hilarity ensues. But does this film deserve first class or should it catch the bus? Eric, Kent & Lobster will find out.

 

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This was considered THE greatest film ever made for nearly 40 years, a film that shook not just Hollywood, but the entire world of media to the core. Young wunderkind Orson Welles entered Hollywood with bluster and ambition and set out to make a film about the rise and fall of a media magnate not unlike the most powerful mogul at the time. But does the film deserve it's place on the mantle or should it be sent to the incinerator? MovieDude, Kent & Lobster put the pieces of the puzzle together.

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In 2001, a relatively young filmmaker named Christopher Nolan created a stir with a film that broke rules of narrative even as he made new ones. The film that did this was Memento, a modern-day crime noir about a man with severe memory loss trying to find his wife's killer. From is unreliable protagonist to it's asynchronous storytelling, Nolan started a legacy that would propell him to being one of Hollywood's most celebrated directors. But does this film deem worth remembering? Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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In 1939, Frank Capra released his most ambitious film yet about a noble everyman who is called upon to fill the seat of a newly deceased US Senator. In the lead was a relative nobody named James Stewart whose performance would cement the first brick on his path to becoming a cinematic icon. Also for the ride were Jean Simmons and Claude (explitive) Rains* as the film not only became a sensation with critics and audiences, but became one of the most intimidating films for fascist regiemes of the time. But is the film a paradigm of democracy or should it be called to order? Eric, Kent & Lobster have the best seats to the procedings.

*to be explained in the episode

 

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Ending our month-long Arthouse of Horror series the first horror film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Starring Jodie Foster as a young FBI trainee brought in by her superior (Scott Glenn) to gather information on a current serial killer through communicating with one of the most notorious killers in custody. Anthony Hopkins, along with Foster, would win an Oscar for his portrayal as the demented and dangerous cannibal Hannibal Lector. But does this film deserve Fava Beans and a nice Chianti or should it get the hose? Eric, Kent & Lobster investigate.

 

Music: "Long Note Four" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Arthouse of Horror continues as Eric, Kent & Lobster head to dreary Maine to meet up with reknowned author Stephen King and one of his most fascinating characters, a school teacher who recieves a unique gift after coming out of a five-year coma. In the hands of director David Cronenberg and played by the iconic Christopher Walken, The Dead Zone would be a landmark film for all three artists. But does this film transcend it's minimalistic trappings or does the ice break underneath it's heavyweight pedigree?

 

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By 2008, vampires rule pop culture from literature to film. Adapting a popular Swedish novel, director Tomas Alfredson created a new entry in the lexicon, a story of a bullied young boy who befriends a young-looking vampire, forming a bond that will change his life forever. But does this film deserve the praise and attention it recieved or should it have caught some sun? Eric, Kent & Lobster, under the Arthouse of Horror banner, gear up to find out.

 

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In 1968, Roman Polanski was invited to America to make his first major motion picture. What he chose was a psychological horror film about a young woman whose body may or may not be holding the Antichrist. It would kick off Hollywood's obsession with the occult that would make up most of the horror films of the next decade and would still have a grip on audiences today. 

For the second offering of October's Arthouse of Horror, Eric, Kent & Lobster grab a swanky flat with a great address and join in on the midnight chanting as they discuss Rosemary's Baby.

 

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In 1979, one movie made everyone scream. Director Ridley Scott took a minimal cast, some state of the art set designs and 2 legendary artists to create a sci-fi/horror hybrid that changed all the rules. The tragic story of a space barge crew that is put in harm's way while scouting a distress call solidified many careers, including a relative newcomer Sigourney Weaver in a role that would become her legacy. But does it deserve it's status as one of the scariest movies ever made, or should it get a face hug? Eric, Kent & Lobster investigate.

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In 1996, near the height of the independent cinema craze, Joel and Ethan Coen returned to their Midwestern roots with a crime tale so crazy, it could only be true (or was it). Fargo went on to be the highest critically regarded film of that year and was nominated for several awards, winning two for its screenplay and lead actress Frances McDormand. But does the film deserve the ransom money it got away with or should it have been put through the woodchipper? Eric, Kent & Lobster put on their best coats and find out.

 

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There have been countless movies made about the fall of Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler. But in 2004, German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel released a film based around the last days of Hitler hiding in a bunker in the middle of Berlin. Utilizing character actor Bruno Ganz to play Hitler, the film was praised by critics for its accuracy and daring and became one of the most long-lasting internet memes ever since. But does the film retain it's original power? Eric, Kent & Lobster investigate.

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In 1944, famed filmmaker Billy Wilder teamed up with acclaimed novelist Raymond Chandler to create one of the most controversial crime films of all time about an insurance agent (Fred McMurray) who gets caught up in the scheme of a beautiful married femme fatale (Barbara Stanwyck) to murder her husband. But does this film pay out or should it need more coverage? Eric, Kent & Lobster step away from the ankle bracelet to find out.

 

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For the last year, fans and casual listeners have asked for this one episode. We teased it, we prepared for it, now it is here. The MovieDude Eric, Kent and Lobster are taking on Quentin Tarantino's classic film on it's 20th Anniversary. But is this film worthy of a Five Dollar Milkshake or does it eat our Big Kahuna Burger?

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Her

 

In 2013, Spike Jonze released his latest feature, the first from a script he wrote about a lonely man who begins a romantic relationship with his personal artificial intelligence aparatus. The result was near-universal acclaim that culminated in his first Academy Award for his original screenplay. But did this story deserve such love or should it have been downgraded? Eric, Kent & Lobster have booted up the diagnotics to find out.

 

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On August 11th, 2014, one of the funniest men to ever live had died unexpectedly, sending Hollywood, comedians and an international fanbase reeling from shock and grief. We here at Arthouse Legends were no different, deciding to make a last-minute change to discuss an underappreciated film from the gifted comedian's work: The Terry Gilliam-helmed The Fisher King starring Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruhl and Amanda Plummer. Join the quest with the MovieDude Eric, Kent and Lobster as they sort out the reality and the fantasy.

 

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At the height of the silent film era, German visionary Fritz Lang put together the most expensive and epic film product of that time. Set in a dystopian future city where the the prosperous and privilege live on the surface while the poor and desperate live underground and using every technical trick available, the film was harolded internationally, though mercilessly cut to the point of near destruction. But with a newly found print, film historians have preserved the intended vision. But is that vision worth the look or should it have slipped into the wastes of time? Eric, Kent & Lobster dig in to find out.

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The 1992 Sundance Class was a springboard for a few talented filmmakers, one being a New Jersey film nerd named Kevin Smith. Shooting a film while clerking at a local convenience store, his brand of off-kilter humor with stirring dialog made him an overnight sensation with the critics. But does his film about two minimum wage slackers worth the admiration or does is it more off-putting than an Eggman? Eric, Kent & Lobster find out.

 

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In 1972, young film school wunderkind Francis Ford Coppola assembled one of the finest casts ever to create an epic about a crime family as it transitions from one generation to another. This film's status has been cemented by both it's powerful moments and quotable dialogue and places high nearly every list of great films. But does it deserve the gun or the cannoli? Eric, Kent & Lobster are proud to present this as the season finale of Arthouse Legends.

 

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After a horrific stint in Hollywood, French filmmaker Jean Pierre Jeunet returned to Paris to get back to what he did best. For his next project, he tapped up-and-coming international actress Audrey Tautou to play his most fascinating character yet, an innocent young woman with a deep imagination and a newfound love of meddling in the lives of her friends and neighbors. What transpired was an international hit that cemented the status of both the actress and the filmmaker. But does Amelie still hold up as a dream or should it burst into a puddle of obscurity? Eric, Kent & Lobster head to Paris and find out for themselves.

 

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Anyone who ever brings up the subject of movies know I’m a geek. I don’t just talk about how awesome a movie is, I discuss scenes, actors, photography, editing, writing and the occasional dolly grip work. I can see 2 seconds of a film and in most cases tell you what movie it is if I’ve seen it before and on occasion even if I haven’t. I watch action, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy and horror along with drama, foreign (and not just Asian), classic and even experimental. I enjoy bad movies if they’re fun, I LOVE great movies even when no one can understand why. And I’m not alone.

Film geeks, like most of geekdom, are misunderstood. We are either seen as those people who worship at the altar of Spielberg and Jackson and love anything mainstream, especially in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genres. Or we are seen as those stuck up snobs who require their movies to be obscure and brooding. Every film must have meaning, usually on concepts of death and/or misery. And there are those who are like that and have every right to enjoy those kinds of films specifically. But most film geeks can easily enjoy both the popcorn flick AND the more serious, themed fare. We can watch classic F.W. Murnau silent films, then jump into a Peter Jackson saga. Film geeks love various entertainments.

Yet many geeks seem to dismiss classic and art house movies in a way that is rather disappointing. They expect either state-of-the-art filmmaking or a nostalgia that brings them back to the wonder of their childhoods. They refuse to look further and see a wide array of worlds that are out there. Familiarity is always the enemy of innovation and refusing to look at the past means to ignore things that might be prevalent in the present. Take Network, a film about the dumbing down of news in order to appease the masses want for distraction. Sound familiar? Or 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film that not only created the template for science fiction films ever since, but has challenged audiences with its non-expository storytelling.

Geeks also need to understand that many of their favorite genres were originally art house (niche) fare, especially in the case of science fiction. Most studios found that such films and shows were only meant to indulge the fantasies of young boys (sorry ladies, they didn’t even think about you back then). Most science fiction movies were made of shoestring budgets meant only to be seen on screens targeted to that demographic (mainly the drive-in theaters).  Even now, the horror genre thrives due to its constant need for innovation to create new scares on very limited resources, which is why many of Hollywood’s A-list filmmakers came from such genres.

One of the things that I have heard from self-proclaimed geeks when it comes to independent and classic film is that they don’t want to be bored by lifeless, self-important storytelling that gives absolutely no entertainment. This is a valid argument because for every good film, there are a ton of bad ones (check your local Redbox if you do not believe me). But that’s not always the case. In fact, films like Oldboy, Pulp Fiction, even 2001 required that people take a leap of faith and watch something completely original and be able to spread word of mouth to become as recognized as they were. Mainstream movies don’t need nearly as much due to the constant marketing required to get interest involved. If you’re not certain that something is for you, watch a trailer, read a synopsis, or simply find someone you trust and ask them.

Geeks, by definition, should be about discovering the new and appreciating both the good and the bad, and not just film geeks. Geekdom is and should always be about appreciating the variety that life gives. There have been over 100 years of films, some that are not as appreciated as they should because of their age. Buster Keaton’s comedy is on par if not more spectacular than Jackie Chan (fact: Chan’s inspiration comes from Keaton). Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies are some of the wittiest and sometimes sexiest films ever made. If you don’t believe me, watch Trouble in Paradise. If you thought The Thing was awesome, watch the original It Came From Outer Space. If you want something disturbing, check out Michael Hanneke’s Funny Games (not the American version). If you want to see something uplifting and genuinely happy, try My Life As A Dog or Amelie. 

I started Arthouse Legends wanting to not only talk about movies that mainstream geeks might not know about, but to stir conversations about these films and others, to open minds to new possibilities and to show that these old or indie films are not simply for the snobs or the chic. That we can talk about them and love or hate these films on their merits and not what others deem them to be. If I have encouraged one person to try a new film, even one I personally don’t like, then I consider the aims of the podcast a success. I am a geek trying to talk to my fellow geeks, hoping you see that art house and classic films are as much geek as giant battling robots and space ships. They take us on a different journey, yet equally as exciting. And I hope you can join us in the conversation.

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In 1976, New Hollywood directors have firmly taken over American screens with their evelope-pushing themes and unique characters. One of it's brightest stars, Martin Scorsese, along with screenwriter Paul Schrader and star Robert DeNiro created it's most controversial antihero yet; a Vietnam Vet turned taxi driver who may or may not be losing his sanity. This film made many careers, but does it earn it's fare? Eric, Kent & Lobster hop in to find out.

 

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During the 70s, the biggest name in comedy was Python, a troupe out of England whose slapstick insanity mixed with crude brilliance became an influence worldwide. After the breakout success of their first feature, they prepared for their most ambitious project ever; a comedy set in the Holy Land in the time of Jesus starring the child who was born one manger down from, now grown into the put-upon sad sack named Brian. With jokes that tackle religous zealotry, blind faith and the proper way to write "Romans Go Home", this film made enemies very quickly. But does Eric, Kent and Lobster join that crowd or do they look on the bright side of life?

 

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In 1973, 22-year-old documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple arrived in Harlan, Kentucky to document a coal miner strike that was tied to a film she was working on regarding coal mining unions. What she saw there and for the next year would change the subject of her film and the course of her work. From the picket lines to the kitchen tables, she collected stories and events that would culminate into the definitive vision of labor battles in blue collar America. But which side will Eric, Kent and Lobster be on when they discuss this controversial Oscar winner?

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Billy Wilder & Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Billy Wilder film I ever saw was Sabrina starring Audrey Hepburn, William Holden and Humphrey Bogart. It wasn’t the most eye-opening film I had seen at the time (Apocalypse Now would do that a couple of years prior), but it was one of the first that subverted my expectations and start my lifelong love of well-made romantic comedies. Sadly, this film didn’t really make much of an impression of me when concerning its director at the time. But going back to it, I realize how much care and concern that he had with those characters, how Sabrina was the light and the anchor in this film. Wilder loved his female characters as much as his males, even when some of the actresses made it very difficult for him in reality.

When I watched Sunset Boulevard for the first time, I was speechless. I was amazed by the narrative twists and turns, the performances, the setting, the direction. Billy Wilder had once again crossed my path, but this time I saw him for his accomplishment in this film. The way that Gloria Swanson’s character seemed to lure the camera to her like a moth to flame, how the framing around the card table both seemed intimate yet illuminated the star-studded cast around that table. And that final glorious shot, the one that could be argued as one of the best final shots ever filmed.

After seeing that, I had to see more. Stalag 17, The Apartment, The Lost Weekend, The Fortune Cookie. These films felt so different from one another that it nearly seemed intimidating going from one film to the other. Then I had seen a film that didn’t just hit me like a boulder, but knocked me out: Ace in the Hole. The irony is that what could be considered his finest work was the one that was least appreciated. In fact, it was long considered lost until 2005 when the Criterion Collection got their mitts on it.

So why does Billy Wilder have such a strong hold over me as a film lover? Why would I dedicate an entire month to discussing his work? If you talk to any film snob or hardcore film lover, Billy Wilder isn’t merely known, but seems to be outright mainstream. Yet you talk to any modern movie goer, this name is lost entirely on people who have never tried his work. We could debate on why older movies aren’t appreciated more, but there’s more to it. Wilder’s films weren’t simply crowd-pleasers, they were statements about modern life as he saw it, the trials by fire and the constant desire to be seen as the heroes of our own story, even when the prevailing evidence goes against that being the case. Wilder wasn’t afraid to do things differently or to play in territories that might be considered risky. His protagonists were usually misfits trying to survive fates worse than death (or at least in their own mind). As a misfit that had seen myself both as hero and villain in my own story, such complexity in characters were a breath of fresh air from white hat/black hat mentality that was prevalent during Wilder’s time and that has not yet gone away even now.

Take Ray Milland’s character in The Lost Weekend; He’s a drunk who knows that he has a serious problem but can’t seem to know how to conquer it over a horrible weekend. One of the finest and most horrific depictions of alcoholism ever filmed during a time where such topics were frowned upon by audiences and the censors. Billy Wilder, along with Milland, understood that in order to understand the plight of this character, you needed not to feel pity but to feel empathy for a character that is pathetic but also slimy.

Even in characters that he wanted to show nothing but contempt for, he was able to show glimpses of humanity. Take the Nazi officer in Stalag 17 who showed respect and straightforwardness with the Allied prisoners of his war camp, though his own feelings were clouded by loss and the pain of exile at their hands.

All of this is visible even without knowing the backstories or the rumors. Wilder’s films are transparent enough to give you enough to know how he feels without it becoming self-congratulatory or vain. In fact, the humility of his films are a trademark towards his craft, the sense that he’s not trying to pull one over on the audience, but let them into to character conflict without obfuscation. In Ace in the Hole, we know Kirk Douglas is a horrible person from the first moment we see him, but we also know he doesn’t want someone’s death on his hands and not merely for the selfish reasons. Yet Wilder doesn’t stop trying to show how horrible the character is. This is probably how he can manage to pull off beginning the film with the narrator’s dead body and still pull off the tension it does through flashback.

More people should know Billy Wilder’s work and should go down in pop culture the same way that Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg had. His accomplishments towards cinematic history are vital in ways that are as subtle as his films are. I want my contemporaries and newer generations of movie lovers to see that Wilder’s work is timeless and fascinating as any newer film coming out. That these films are as good if not more amazing than the imitators were. In short, Billy Wilder isn’t important enough for just one day, his importance requires a month.

Let #BillyWilderMonth commence.

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Richard Kelley's Donnie Darko sparked controversy from the moment it was released, dividing critics and film lovers alike with it's otherworldly look and subtext, it's fascination with the physics of time travel and it's iconic mascot Frank. Set in the late 80's, Jake Gyllenhaal's Donnie goes on a personal journey as he tries to understand surreal events going on around him. But is this film worthy of it's cult status or are we just not dedicated to Sparkle Motion? Eric, Kent & Lobster follow the signs.

 

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In 2000, Taiwanese director Ang Lee returned to China after making a name in American Independant cinema to direct his most ambitious film yet, the adaptation of a popular Chinese book series. Set in a feudal China where warriors can virtually fly and a mysterious green sword holds uncanny power, a saga between a retiring master, his longtime companion and a mysterious young upstart unfolds with both quiet meditation and stunning fight sequences. But does this critical and audience darling pack a mean punch or does it dangle from the trees? Eric, Kent and Lobster are here to investigate.

 

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This has been a post I have been writing for nearly two years, always going back and forth on whether I should finish it or not. This is a rather bold statement and one that needs a bit of clarification, and possibly it’s the one I really didn’t want to start to begin with. Yet with each week I see what passes for a new film review, and not just by the fanboy such as myself, who tries to pass their blog as a synagogue of cinema, it just keeps getting more clear how true the statement is. Film criticism is dead.

 

Since the dawn of commercial art, there have been those who have taken it upon themselves to become experts on the subject, usually because they have a deep affection for the subject. Film critics for the most part came from the theater where a good word could make or break a production. It’s understandable the importance of critical reviews of a show as anyone who has ever had to fork over serious cash in order to see a big production could tell you about. It was important to know that such an investment would be worth it. Film, on the other hand, has always been a relatively cheaper option. The role of the critic wasn’t so much about the investment any more as much as it became about the quality of product.

But over the last thirty years, there have been more choices in art and much of it tailor-fitted to audience demands. The “critic-proof” films started to arrive. Film critics, understanding that these films weren’t meant for any critical recognition (though they would certainly take it if given to them), started to get very snarky, or should I say more snarky than film critics already were. Adam Sandler films were reviewed with the same standard put towards an Oscar contender. And if the critic didn’t, then they would be called out for being a hack.

Should critics be preferential in the films that they chose to review? Does Tyler Perry’s work not merit the attention of critical response? Not at all, but that wasn’t ever the real problem. The problem is that critics didn’t challenge the work, instead deciding to deride the films considered beneath them as excuses to work on comedy skills. They became more interested in their credentials of authority than they were a voice that could communicate both towards the audience and the filmmakers. They would pander to one at the expense of communicating to the other. Rotten Tomatoes became a scoreboard instead of a collaboration of voices.

So I say once again that the authoritative film critic who passes judgment on a piece of art and deems it worthy or unworthy now lives in the dying embers of its last sunset. Film critics and wannabes are seen now more as mere spectacle whose opinions are little more than either affirmation or rebuttal for something they themselves will be seeing either way or have already seen. Film criticism is out. Film conversation is in. And the funny thing is that it has been in for a very long time. It was in when two Chicago film critics took to public access television and offered their thumbs. But the next step didn’t occur until the last decade when podcasting and blogging started to take over.

That’s right; the very thing that diluted the power of the film critic is in fact the very thing that is replacing it, just not in the way it was thought. Social media allowed people to talk about film in a way that was never possible before, they could share their opinions in a way that would create a conversation. Granted, many of those voices are trolls, but those who had something to say about film could find a community that could challenge their thinking, give them more to think about and raise the level of thinking in regards to art. Most film podcasts and YouTube hosts record in groups with varying opinions and thoughts on what they saw, and not just on the critical darlings either. For the first time, horror fans could provide a new look and appreciation for films not appreciated by the critical elite. Oscar-winning films could be taken apart and classics reexamined by guys with a Skype account and a recorder (like a particular podcast I just happen to host, for example).

The old guard understands this. That’s why when two esteemed critics disagreed with each other over a film, they took it to a podcast to settle the dispute. Many are starting to be actively engaged in either their comments section online or creating forums to actively engage in these discussions. Film lovers are no longer stymied by the films that they deem great as long as they can express what it is that they like about that film. I’ve seen someone give a defense to House of the Dead 2 that almost convinced me to give it a shot. Almost.

Is there a risk in all this? Absolutely. Having such an abundance of opinions available can make finding definitive experts in film study very difficult to find. Aspiring filmmakers will have various voices to listen to and very little guidance that can be taken from any of these. But on the flip side, it means that no matter what kind of artistic statement or lack thereof is presented, someone is going to say something good about it.

But in all honesty, film conversationalists need to aspire to understand the art that they are talking about, to be able to convey as clearly as they can what it is that they see and to not rush to judgment before either seeing the product or having taken time to come to a complete opinion, even if to say that you do not have an opinion on it. And it goes without saying to listen and appreciate those opinions that differ from the consensus.

I used to aspire to be a critic when I was in my 20s, to be the next Roger Ebert. But I realize now that I don’t want to be an authority in film, I just want to talk movies, share a few opinions and listen to a few million more. I don’t want to make or break a film, I just want to laugh with the bad ones, contemplate the good ones and try to find something interesting about the ones I absolutely hate. And from the looks of things, I’m not alone.

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* Note: This review was written nearly 10 years ago by an eager film lover and writer. I decided not to touch it up as a means of preserving the vitality of that younger me. That and I'm natually lazy.

 

It isn't difficult to see why westerns were one of the most popular genres in cinema history. It has a historical approach, which automatically have an epic feel. There's colorful characters and archtypes, which can be swapped out and retold over and over again (which it has been). Hence, the limitation of the genre. There's only so many times you can play cowboys before you start walking on treaded ground.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly doesn't so much find a new path, but re-examine the old paths and find the moral and social fibers of these characters, then burns the trails to a crisp with style and fury beyond anything we've seen before. Sure, this is epic, but not so much because of the scope of the film, but the scope of the three lead characters.

Interesting we meet Tucco (Eli Wallach in his finest hour), aka The Ugly, first. Tucco is a man of vice and greed, but has a compassionate side that he hides with bravado and wit. Tucco has had a life that leads him to this time and this place. One of the best scenes in the film involves Tucco and his brother, a missionary priest involving how he came to be an outlaw.

Then we meet Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef), The Bad, next. This character is first seen killing a man for money, the man's sons almost for sport. Greed and violence are what he lives for. When he is paid by the man he kills to kill the man who placed the hit in the first place, he has qualms doing so, but not before knowing of a small fortune that said man is trying to hunt down.

And the last one we meet is "Blondie" (Clint Eastwood), obviously The Good, as a bounty hunter who brings Tucco to justice, then sets Tucco free with some fancy shooting. What makes him good? He isn't a law-abiding citizen as much as he's fair to Tucco and Angel Eyes.

These three are in constant war with each other whether it's open war or not. But all three are bound in ways that appeal to their moral strengths. Bad cannot survive without Good and vice-versa. On a metaphysical level, perhaps Angel and "Blondie" represent the devil and the angel, with poor Tucco representing mankind in constant battle between the two forces. Wanting to allow himself to give in to his greed, but being pulled out of evil's hands by his limited conscience.

Of course there's gold involved. Each character wants it for themselves. And to make matters interesting, Tucco knows the graveyard the gold is buried, "Blondie" knows the grave. This is put our characters into play as we follow them through the backgrounds of the end of The Civil War, where Angel hides under the disguise of good. The closer these three characters get to the gold, the more their choices start showing their true natures. One of the more fantastic displays concerns a bridge that Tucco and "Blondie" take upon themselves to blow up to fulfill a Colonel's dying wish. And then there's the graveyard....

Performance-wise, this film is all about Eli Wallach's Tucco, who tries to be bad, but isn't too good at it, but cannot seem to be good enough to be righteous. Wallach is able to get underneath this character and understand what makes him this way with only a handful of scenes that expose his character. Eastwood has the easiest job in playing "Blondie" because he's supposed to be mysterious. Knowing more than that would ruin his character's interest. With Van Cleef, his performance is solid, playing a man that we know just as much about as we do "Blondie", since the few exposition scenes he's portraying an image and not himself, but he slides into scenes with ease, making his evil not so much mustache twirling, but something deeper, more organic.

For Sergio Leone, this is his finest film, taking elements of the mythological western genre, adding his blend of brutal, stone-carved features with faces just as polished. The plains of Italy make for a great environment for his westerns because of their barren feel, almost desperate isolation. There is very little comfort made for these locations where we go. And of course, his camera work for this film is legendary. He uses long, panning shots using the full palate of the screen to isolate and unite characters. Scenes play out longer in his films than others because he allows his characters to feel into their situations rather than make decisions, and understands how to film it so well that you don't even know that much time has passed.

And then there is the matter of composer Ennio Morricone, whose theme for this film is legendary. But that theme is not the most impressive music in the film. During the film's final climax with all three characters about to showdown, the music sets up additional tension as the characters stare each other down for nearly three minues. Not to mention the guitar solos used in lesser scenes which apply a haunting feel to these scenes.

Perhaps if you take away all the metaphors and ideas that come with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, all you would have is another western. But sometimes that's all that's needed to turn something good into something excellent. Even Arch Stanton would agree with me.

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In the late 60's, the western was being replaced as a tentpole of film and television. But before it did, Italian director Sergio Leone created his master opus in the third and final film of his Man with No Name trilogy with star Clint Eastwood. For this nearly three-hour epic, he brought in genre favorite Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach to be his labled trio in a twisted tale of greed, violence and death using the backdrop of the American Civil War. But is this film worth it's weight in stolen gold or is it of the fool's variety? Eric, Kent and Lobster don their panchos and head on out for a look.

This film's review comes from Eric himself, which was originally posted on Yahoo, but is now reposted on the Arthouse Legends Website.

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In the summer of 2012, as Avengers assembled and a Dark Knight (arguably) had risen, critics and audiences headed to a quirky indie comedy about a group of reporters investigating an unusual classified ad seeking a time travel companion called Safety Not Guaranteed. But can this film last the test of time or should it get lost in film history? Eric, Kent and Lobster investigate.

 

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The field for the 2013 Academy Awards could not be more eclectic or more polarizing as films that dealt with war, guilt, disease, and singing Wolverines vied for the top honors. But the one that would claim the prize was the very popular and well-respected film about a covert rescue mission in the midst of the Iranian Hostage Crisis called Argo. Directed by often mocked actor turned acclaimed director Ben Affleck, Argo swept the critical praise and made a killing at the box office. But does the film deserve the love or should it need rescuing once more? Eric, Kent & Lobster are here to find out.

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60's cinema was in a constant state of flux as the old studio films were competing with televsion. In 1967, Mike Nichols made his sophmore film, The Graduate, which told a modern existential tale of a recent college graduate played by Dustin Hoffman who is caught in perpetual state of indecision about his life and the two women who would complicate things even further. But is this film as seductive now as it was the most iconic films of it's age? Or the sound of silence more preferable? Eric, Kent and Lobster are jumping into the deep end of this counter-culture classic.

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Arthouse Legends is back in 2014, but we're traveling back to 1995 when a bunch of hip new European filmmakers made a pact to make "real" movies in a sea of "fake" blockbusters. What ensued was Dogme '95 and it's first sanctioned film was Thomas Vinterberg's family drama The Celebration. The film about dark secrets and lies lit up Cannes that year and was supposed to be the new trend in filmmaking. But is The Celebration still the belle of the ball or are its partying days way behind it?

Eric, Kent & Lobster are here to find out.

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In the year 1984, a rockumentary shocked the world more fundamentally than even George Orwell could have predicted. Acclaimed director Marty DiBergi followed the legendary rock band Spinal Tap on it's latest American tour and caught both the sad and bewildered face of fallen fame. What was more shocking was that the film wasn't a documentary at all, but a comedy helmed by televison actor Rob Reiner (who plays DiBergi) and a talented cast that would go on to be institutions in their own right. But does This is Spinal Tap crank it up to 11 or does it feel like cold sharp steel in the back? Eric, Kent and Jonolobster join the circus to find out...

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In 1999, it seemed that a new revolutionary film was coming out. Some were successfull blockbusters such as The Matrix, others weren't nearly as accepted upon arrival like Fight Club. But visionary music video director Spike Jonze made his feature film debut with sitcom writer Charlie Kaufman's strange, twisted dark comedy with the peculiar name Being John Malkovich about a slacker puppeteer who finds a portal into the conscience of the somewhat familiar actor whose name is on the title. But does the film truly revolutionize or is it a world that no man should see? Eric, Kent & Lobster travel to the 7 & 1/2 floor to find out.

Show Note: The Roger Ebert Review used for the show can be found here.

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Arthouse Legends has become associated with the Gonna Geek Network, a band of podcasts united in giving you the best of geekdom. For a list of the affiliated podcasts, here's a sample of what you will find on Gonna Geek. For more information, go to www.gonnageek.com. Stay tuned for a new episode of Arthouse Legends very soon

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In 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, audiences were seeking an escape from the woes of the world. This might be sufficient reason why the latest Marx Brothers comedy, Duck Soup, a slapstick social comedy attacking politicians and political systems alike tanked at the box office, driving one of the brothers to split from the group and the others to split from Paramount to the gates of MGM. But as time passed and the comedy team's work was re-evaluated, this film found second life both on television and the esteem of film critics and fanatics alike. But does this film deliver the goods or should it be sentenced to ten years in Leavenworth (or eleven years in Twelveworth)? Eric, Kent & Lobster travel to Freedonia to find out.

Show Notes: You can find the 3 Movie Buffs Review used in the podcast here

Next Show: Being John Malkovich (1999)

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1939 was the dawn of a whole new generation of films that stretched the boundries of film. At MGM, two projects would change the world forever. The first took audiences to the fantasy world of Oz. The second, overseen by legendary producer David O. Selznick, would become one of the largest epics of all time: Grounded by superstars Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable, audiences were returned to the Deep South on the cusp of Civil War as one woman witnessed the passing of time and tradition while fighting for love and survival. But does the film deserve it's old glory or will it leave audiences whistlin' Dixie? Eric, Kent, & Lobster discuss the much lauded classic Gone with the Wind.

Show Notes: You can read Kevin Thomas' review of the film here.

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In 1954, the internationally acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa released his most epic film to date, a story of a poor village who hire seven unique samurai to protect them from a maurading gang of bandits. But nothing could have prepared him for not just the admiration from audiences worldwide, but that this film would change Hollywood forever. It also turned respected actor Toshiro Mifune into an international celebrity for his portrayal of a character that would influence the portrayals of Dirty Harry, Han Solo, and many others. But does this film deserve it's cushy top-ten spot on the IMDB boards or does it go down like a cold bowl of millet? Eric, Kent, & Lobster travel to feudal Japan to find out.

Show Notes: The essay by Sidney Lumet can be found in the most recent Criterion Collection release of the film on DVD/Blu-Ray. You can purchase the film here.

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In 1968, the Space Race was in full swing and the rest of the world was swinging along with it. In theaters, indie filmmaker Roger Vadim was releasing a space opera starring his then-wife Jane Fonda based on a popular French comic book: Barbarella. From the beginning, the film divided audiences and eventually became a cult classic, telling the story of super sex agent Barbarella sent to a hostile world in order to obtain an illegal weapon. But does the film soar amont the shag spaceships or should it be relegated to taking the pill? Eric, Kent, & Lobster take the challenge.

Show Notes: You can find Peter Canavese's Review Here.

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Korean Cinema became internationally recognized in 2003 when an intense crime thriller called Oldboy picked up the Grand Prix at Cannes. After a swarm of critical praise, the film found a cult following that would turn into a film movement of it's own. The story of a despicable businessman who finds himself held against his will for 15 years before being released to exact his revenge on a nameless foe has shocked audiences internationally. But is it the hammer-weilding avenger of cinema or does it go down as rough as eating live seafood. Eric, Kent, & Lobster find out.

Show Notes: You can find the various quotes used in regards to this film on Rotten Tomatoes.

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One of 2012's most pleasant film surprises was a tale of a foul-mouthed family and their even more foul-mouthed friends and neighbors. Silver Linings Playbook was yet another look into family dynamics by writer-director David O. Russell who adapted Matthew Quick's novel. But does the film itself have a silver lining or simply a pocketful of lent? Eric, Kent, & Lobster will find out...

Show Notes: This podcast was recorded before the 2013 Oscars and therefore doesn't mention about any of the awards won. You can find Peter Travers' review of the film here.

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It's 1992 and the indie scene is about to get a blast of life that would change Hollywood forever. And one of those agents of change would be a former video store jockey with a lifelong obsession with films, a gift for dialogue and a lack of restraint named Quentin Tarantino. Upon the release of Reservior Dogs, he challenged how audiences saw violence in film create the kind of critical frenzy few filmmakers would ever possibly see. But is this film a genuine product of genius or the product of an overrated prodogy? Find out as Eric, Kent, & Lobster talk about loyalty, delusion, blood, and a word of ill-repute. Lend us your ears then we'll lend one back if you care to drop us a line at feedback@arthouselegends.com, arthouselegends@gmail.com, arthouselegends.tumblr.com, and on Twitter @ArthouseLegends.

Show Notes: Owen Gleiberman's Reservoir Dogs Review can be found here.

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In 2001, while most audiences around the world scrambled to see Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins' big screen debuts, there was another British import washing ashore, directed by American film legend Robert Altman. Gosford Park would bring a return of classic British comedy of manners and class set in a carefree world that would soon cease to exist. Join Eric, Kent & the Jonolobster as they break down the cultural barriers, show love to the original British pimp, and take another swing at fictional law enforcement.

Show Notes: The review from Emanuel Levy for Gosford Park can be found here.

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This classic 1972 film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway has been a critical darling that snagged a few awards in it's time. Directed by Roman Polanski from Robert Towne's script, this stylish noir set in post-war Los Angeles is riddled with layers and innuendo. Eric, Kent, and Jon peel back the layers and look at the dirty little secrets in the heart of the city and take a few potshots at the LAPD of yesteryear (well, maybe more than a few).

WARNING: This podcast is filled with spoilers throughout. There is also harsh language. Parental discretion is advised.

Show Notes: As mentioned on the show, we used Roger Ebert's Great Movies Review, which can be found here: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20000206/REVIEWS08/2060301/1023

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Since the beginning of moving pictures, there have been some who have claimed the right to tell others what is considered "art" and what isn't. Over the decades, they have put these movies into lists labeled Top Ten, Greatest Ever Made, or simply The Best. They dangled these movies over the masses, sneer at their audacity for the enjoyment of big budget battle royales. They congradulate themselves for their "taste".

What they didn't expect was that one day, a group of brave individuals would scale their reaches and take them on at their own game; to reclaim those respectable movies worthy of celebration and sharing them with the "mindless multiplex drones" while at the same time taking aim at those movies that are not worthy of the appreciation given and bring them back down to size.

They didn't expect Arthouse Legends Podcast.

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