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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.






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

La La Land

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 ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0...

Duration: 01:29:25


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...

Duration: 01:13:54

I Saw the Devil

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...

Duration: 00:52:16

Lone Star (1996)

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. "District Four"...

Duration: 01:11:35

Wayne's World

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...

Duration: 01:40:53


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...

Duration: 01:04:32


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?...

Duration: 01:17:06

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