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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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.

Our Next Show: Duck Soup

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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,,, 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:

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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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