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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*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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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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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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