By 2001, Denzel Washington had become a crime thriller staple in films like Fallen and The Bone Collector and one of Hollywood’s most-rooted-for protagonists in films like The Hurricane and Remember the Titans. In Training Day, however, Denzel crossed over to the dark side as a corrupt cop in director Antoine Fuqua LA crime story. Partnered with Ethan Hawke’s rookie detective on their worst day ever, Denzel’s performance scored him a dark horse Oscar win for Best Actor. But does the film earn its stripes or should you only watch it if someone puts a gun to your head? MovieDude Eric, Kent, and Jonolobster hit the streets to investigate.
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Arthouse Summer: The Goonies
Posted July 28th, 2018 -
In 1985, Steven Spielberg was at a new height in his career. He was not only a powerful director, but had started branching out in to producing very successful films as well. Enter The Goonies, reteaming ...
A Fantastic Woman
Posted July 26th, 2018 -
In 2017, the Chilean film A Fantastic Woman became a sensation on the film festival circuit and became Chile’s entry for the Foreign Language Academy Award, which it would go on to win. The film ...
Posted July 12th, 2018 -
In 2004, Pixar Studios worked with Iron Giant director Brad Bird on his first 3-D animation film known as The Incredibles. The film about a family of superpowered humans quickly became benchmark for both ...
The Disaster Artist
Posted June 18th, 2018 -
In 2017, actor/director James Franco unleashed his most mainstream film to date to South by Southwest Film Festival to near-unanimous acclaim. That film, The Disaster Artist, depicts the wild production ...
Stop Making Sense
Posted June 7th, 2018 -
In 1984, indie filmmaker Jonathan Demme got the cooperation of 80s cult rock band Talking Heads to film their live show at the Pantages Theater. The result is Stop Making Sense, a concert film that elevated ...
The General (1926)
Posted May 31st, 2018 -
Considered one of the greatest comedies of all time, this 1926 silent film starring the legendary Buster Keaton followed a young train conductor who finds himself chasing a group of renegades who have ...
Posted May 25th, 2018 -
In 2015, documentary director Bryan Fogel, in the midst of his own expose on performance enhancing drugs in amateur cycling found himself being brought into a much bigger story when he befriends the head ...
Geek Critique: The Value of Rewatching
Posted May 18th, 2018 -
MovieDude Eric and Chris go back into the art of film critique by discussing the value (or lack thereof) of rewatching films as a means to study their techniques and gaining better understanding.