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The Disaster Artist

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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 of the “Citizen Kane of Bad Movies” known as The Room by focusing on the friendship between the film’s director Tommy Weiseau and second lead actor Greg Sistero (played by James and Dave Franco respectively). During the awards season, Franco’s performance as well as the film’s overall production were garnered for Oscar contention until controversy saw its fortunes wither. But did the film deserve such acclaim to begin with or should it be laughed at alongside its subject? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris find out.

 

“District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Stop Making Sense

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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 status of both the band and the director though credited ingenuity of presentation, music and aesthetics. But does the film (or the band) deserve the acclaim or should it be burnt down along with the house? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris grab front row seats to find out.

 

“District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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The General (1926)

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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 stolen his train and his girlfriend. But does the film achieve true timelessness or does it crash and burn? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris find out.

“District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Icarus (2017)

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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 of the Russian lab responsible for drug testing. The result of this would make international news and the Oscar-winning documentary Icarus. Part expose on state sponsored doping, part human drama as the duo try to navigate a bureaucratic labyrinth to both protect the story and the source. But does this doc hit the mark? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris find out.

 

“District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Geek Critique: The Value of Rewatching

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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.

 

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Sicario

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In 2015, director Denis Villeneuve, working with actor-turned-screenwriter Taylor Sheridan released Sicario. The film revolving around Emily Blunt playing an FBI agent tasked to work with a shady intelligence officer and his even more mysterious partner in order to take down a malignant druglord while traversing a philosophical minefield about the nature of law and order. The film would garner several Oscar nominations and become a success with audiences as well, but did it deserve such glory or should it be left south of the border? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris find out.

 

“District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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In 1963, at the height of the Cold War, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to tell a story about the horrors of nuclear war. In the process, he found the terror to be rather funny. In the end, he opted to tell a dark comedic satire about a crazy American General who jumpstarts a nuclear war and a President who is trying to keep it from happening. The result is one of the most controversial comedies of all time: Dr. Strangelove. But does the film deserve its place in history or should it go up in smoke? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris ride the missile all the way to the end.

 

“District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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The Shape of Water

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In 2017, Director Guillermo Del Toro unveiled his latest homage to classic monster movies called The Shape of Water. Set during the Cold War, a mute cleaning lady working in a government lab forms a bond with a captive merman that leads her to risk everything in order to save him. Winner of the Best Picture Oscar as well as Best Director for Del Toro, does the film earn such acclaim or should it be served with tartar sauce? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris find out.


Conan the Barbarian (1982)

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In 1982, writer/director John Milius cast and then-relatively unknown Arnold Schwarzenegger as the pulp fiction/comic book hero Conan the Barbarian. Mixing brutal action with a cacophony of philosophical worldviews, the film found itself initially divided by critics yet beloved by moviegoers, which has only been solidified with time. But does the film deserve eternal glory or to be strapped to the Wheel of Pain for eternity? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris are joined by Legends Podcast’s Beef and Jonolobster to find out.

 

“District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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The Birds (1963)

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In 1963, fresh off the success of Psycho, director Alfred Hitchcock followed up this unprecedented success with The Birds. Set in a small coastal California town, a San Francisco socialite tries to woo a handsome lawyer only to be hindered by the combined threat of his mother and the onslaught of murderous aviary creatures. But does this film deserve the classic status it received or should it be pecked to death? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris check in to find out.

 

“District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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