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Where High Art and Geek Culture Collide. Three geeks look at critically beloved classic and independent films and determine if they warrant their acclaim.

Where High Art and Geek Culture Collide. Three geeks look at critically beloved classic and independent films and determine if they warrant their acclaim.
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Where High Art and Geek Culture Collide. Three geeks look at critically beloved classic and independent films and determine if they warrant their acclaim.






Hunt for the Wilderpeople

In 2016, director Taika Watiti followed up his cult film What We Do In The Shadows with Hunt for Wilderpeople, a comedy about an uneasy alliance between a young portly troublemaker and an older survivalist, both on the run from the law in the wilds of New Zealand. But does the film deserved the acclaim from fans and critics or should it be mauled by wild pigs? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris find out. "District Four" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By...

Duration: 01:21:20

Halloween Special: The Book of Life

Halloween has always been synonymous with death and ghosts in Western civilization. Yet in Mexico, November 1st is known as the Day of the Dead and is spent honoring lost loved ones. In 2014, director Jorge R. Gutierrez and producer Guillermo Del Toro released an animated film called The Book of Life that used the holiday as a backdrop for a fusion of classic storytelling and Mexican folklore about two gods who get involved in a human love triangle that goes awry. But did the film deserve...

Duration: 01:09:28

Arthouse of Horror: Green Room

In 2015, director Jeremy Saulnier followed up his acclaimed Blue Ruin with the horror thriller Green Room starring Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart. The film focuses on a punk rock band who gets a gig playing at an "alt-right" club in the middle of nowhere and find themselves fighting for their lives when they see more than they should have. The film was critically acclaimed yet only became more prominent after the unexpected death of Yelchin just months after its release. But does the...

Duration: 01:24:07

Arthouse of Horror: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

In 1974, film school grads Tobe Hooper and Kim Hinkel, inspired by true crime and Night of the Living Dead, created an independent horror film that changed the landscape of the genre with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Set on a hot Texas summer day, a group of teenagers run afoul of a family of cannibals including the iconic Leatherface. The film found both critical and commercial success, but did it deserve such praise or does it deserve to be put on the meat hook? MovieDude Eric, Kent and...

Duration: 01:11:00

Arthouse of Horror: Killer Klowns from Outer Space

In 1988 during the midst of the slasher craze, three brothers came together to create one of the schlockiest films of the decade: Killer Klowns from Outer Space. From cotton candy guns to killer shadow puppets, the film gained a cult status quickly and found love among critics. But does the film deserve such high regard or does it deserve a sweet sticky demise? MovieDude Eric and Kent are joined by Legends of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Lauren, All Things Good and Nerdy's Willie Nelson and Good Bad...

Duration: 01:11:35

Arthouse of Horror: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

In 1968, young filmmaker George A. Romero released an extremely low-budget horror film that would not only singlehandedly create the zombie subgenre, but also set in motion a renaissance for horror films going into the next decade with Night of the Living Dead. Set in a secluded countryside house, a group of strangers must band together to survive the night as wave after wave of the undead come for their flesh. But does the film deserve the glory it received or should it be left to rot?...

Duration: 01:06:12

Attack the Block

In 2011, director Joe Cornish and collaborating producer Edgar Wright released a small budget sci-fi horror comedy Attack the Block which garnered a rabid fanbase in genre enthusiasts and critics alike. Set in a low-income section of London, a group of teenage hoods find themselves in the midst of an alien attack that keeps coming after them wave after wave. But does the film deserve the applause and cult status it garnered or would you be better off at home playing FIFA? MovieDude Eric...

Duration: 01:24:33

The Usual Suspects

In 1995, director Bryan Singer, fresh off film festival acclaim, directed his first major motion picture starring a hodgepodge of indie actors and sporting one of the most controversial endings in film history. The Usual Suspects mixed noir and crime genres with a 90s twist following a team of doomed criminals as they are forced to work together for a mysterious crime lord. But does this two-time Oscar winning film deserve to be declared one of the greatest films of the era or does it...

Duration: 01:13:22

2001: A Space Odyssey

In 1968, acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick released what is considered his crown achievement in film; 2001: A Spacey Odyssey. The film challenged critics and audiences alike, starting debates that have been raging even to this very day over what the film was trying to say about humanity's role in the universe, what constitutes life and intelligence, and what the #&!! is that star baby!? Buckle up with MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris as they try to break down and determine if the film...

Duration: 02:11:21

Dazed and Confused

In 1993, director Richard Linklater fresh off his indie surprise hit Slacker was given the opportunity to make his first studio film. Set in 1976 and following a handful of high school students on the last day of school, Dazed and Confused recieved little fanfare when it was released, only to find second life on video and midnight showings to become a cult classic that ignited the careers of many of today's A-list stars. But does the film deserve the love or should it fade away? MovieDude...

Duration: 01:47:47

Arthouse Summer: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

In 1971, Warner Brothers tapped children's novelist Roald Dahl to adapt his beloved novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a feature film. What would be the result is a box office dud that would slowly become a classic over the coming decades and would be considered the greatest performance of comedic actor Gene Wilder, who played the enigmatic candy-maker. But does the film deserve the classic status handed it or does is deserve to be pumped, dumped, blown up and sent sky-high?...

Duration: 01:27:51

Arthouse Summer: Jurassic Park

In 1993, director Steven Spielberg changed the summer blockbuster yet again with his film Jurassic Park, which saw a new blending of state of the art effects, practical animatronics and stunt work to create the island theme park that hosts the return of dinosaurs in the modern era. But does the film's themes and effects hold up 24 years later or does it deserve the same fate as the dinos themselves? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Chris and special guest Jonolobster book a trip to find out. If...

Duration: 02:00:11

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Arthouse Summer continues and takes to the high seas with Johnny Depp in the role that would be one of the first iconic characters of the 21st Century in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. In 2003, Walt Disney Pictures set out to rebrand it's live action film department in the fantasy adventure craze of the early aughts. Teaming with mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, they laid out a daring new vision of their popular theme park ride and turned...

Duration: 01:38:31

Arthouse Summer: Aliens

Arthouse Summer returns with Aliens; the sequel to the 1979 horror classic that completely changed the game in both the tone established by the original film and the scope of sequels moving forward. This time helmed by James Cameron, the story of Ellen Ripley has her returning to the planet that has started her nightmares, this time along with a platoon of space marines to do battle with not just one but an entire colony of the xenomorphic monsters. But does the film deserve the adoration...

Duration: 02:00:43

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

In 2010, director Edgar Wright released his first American film, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, about a Canadian millennial who finds himself in mortal danger when he has to defeat the seven evil exes of his new girlfriend. Praised for it's fever-pitch presentation, off-kilter characters and 90s nostalgia, the film is both a cult classic and considered a highlight of Wright's career. But does the film deserve the limelight or does it run out of lives (and continues)? MovieDude Eric, Kent, and...

Duration: 01:36:15


In 1985, director Terry Gilliam, hot off the success of Time Bandits, released his most ambitious film yet, Brazil; a dystopian nightmare of bureaucracy and terrorism, a comedy of errors and misunderstanding and a lot of ducts. The film found some critical appeal which has snowballed to make the film a newly minted classic. But does the film deserve the accolades or does it deserve a trip down the rubbish bin? MovieDude Eric, Kent, Chris and special guest Lauren find out.

Duration: 01:25:56

RoboCop (1987)

In 1987, European director Paul Verhooven was tasked to direct a unique action film set in a not-so-distant future involving a cyborg police officer that tackled the excesses of that decade. The film, RoboCop, would turn into a franchise in of itself and become a nostagic element of the decade. But does this film truly deserve such adoration or is it really worth just a dollar? MovieDude Eric, Kent and Chris suit up to find out. "District Four" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed...

Duration: 01:41:28

Moonlight (2016)

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"?...

Duration: 01:46:44

The Best Years of Our Lives

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 ( Licensed...

Duration: 01:21:54

The Searchers

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.

Duration: 01:22:53

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