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.

 

"District Four" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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.

 

"District Four" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:45am CDT
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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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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.

 

"District Four" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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.

 

Music: "Poofy Reel" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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.

 

Music: "Poofy Reel" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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).

 

Music: "Poofy Reel" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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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