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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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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