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Arthouse Legends Podcast

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Arthouse Summer: Hamilton

July 31st, 2020


In 2019, Walt Disney Studios purchased the rights to distribute the filmed stage production of the groundbreaking Broadway musical Hamilton with plans for a theatrical release in late 2021. Then came the global pandemic …

Arthouse Summer: Hot Fuzz

July 23rd, 2020


In 2007, director Edgar Wright released the follow-up to his international hit Shaun of the Dead with Hot Fuzz, a buddy cop/serial killer …

Arthouse Summer: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

July 16th, 2020


In 1987, decades before the concept of shared universes and multi-licensing deals would be considered a norm, producer Steven Spielberg and director …

Arthouse Summer: Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow

July 14th, 2020


By 2014, Tom Cruise was in a precarious situation in his career as he was rebounding from a troubled personal and professional crisis. Trying to keep the momentum of a couple of Box Office successes, he chose to …

Arthouse Summer: The Mummy (1999)

July 3rd, 2020


In 1999, director Stephen Sommers began a partnership with Universal Studios to develop their long-dormant Universal Monsters franchise and reboot one of its least memorable installments; The Mummy. Gone is the suspense …

Toy Story

June 30th, 2020


In 1995, Disney Studios was at the height of their animation renaissance after owning half the decade in family entertainment. But they had a surprise for audiences that no one had seen coming as their partnership with …

The Lighthouse (2019)

June 5th, 2020


Director Robert Eggers stormed into international acclaim with his debut film that looked at isolation, madness and paranoia. For his follow-up, The …

Fan/Art: State of the MCU

June 3rd, 2020


2019 saw the end of a cinematic age as the Marvel Cinematic Universe finished its Phase Three / Infinity Saga, concluding story arcs set up over a decade in the making. While the MCU is intending to move on its next …

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

May 31st, 2020


In 1999, while audiences were wowed by The Matrix, disappointed by The Phantom Menace and completely baffled by Fight Club, one small British import crossed the Pond and found a small dedicated audience that grew over …

Parasite (2019)

May 20th, 2020


History was made at the 2020 Academy Awards when South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's domestic drama Parasite won Best Picture, the first non-American film to do so. The film, focusing on two Korean families …

12 Monkeys

May 14th, 2020


In 1995, Director Terry Gilliam finally buried the hatchet with Universal Studios over the Brazil situation and teamed up with the studio on his biggest film yet; a story about a time traveler from a plague-infested …

Outbreak (1995)

May 11th, 2020


During the mid-90s, adult-themed thrillers were all the rage. While most were focused on serial killers and realistic psychopaths, Warner Bros. …


May 7th, 2020


By 1963, James Bond has now become an international success with two popular installments brought to cinemas around the world. For the third …

The Stranger (1946)

March 27th, 2020


After World War II, Hollywood was looking to return to doing what it does best and with a new paranoia of international intrigue and the return of …

Best Films of 2019

March 25th, 2020


Yes, this list should have been released 3 months ago, but better late than never. MovieDude Eric goes over the best films of the year that saw the …

The Good, The Bad, The Weird

March 20th, 2020


In 2008, Korean filmmaker Jee-woon Kim crafted a Spaghetti Western inspired in large part by Sergio Leone set in pre-war Korea pitting a wacky thief, …

Arthouse Summer: The Goonies

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 …

A Fantastic Woman

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 …

The Incredibles

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 studio and …

The Disaster Artist

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 of the "Citizen …

Stop Making Sense

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 …

The General (1926)

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 …

Icarus (2017)

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 of the Russian …

Geek Critique: The Value of Rewatching

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.


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May 16th, 2018


In 2015, director Denis Villeneuve, working with actor-turned-screenwriter Taylor Sheridan released Sicario. The film revolving around Emily Blunt …

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

May 3rd, 2018


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 Shape of Water

April 30th, 2018


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 …

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

April 18th, 2018


In 1982, writer/director John Milius cast and then-relatively unknown Arnold Schwarzenegger as the pulp fiction/comic book hero Conan the Barbarian. …

The Birds (1963)

April 6th, 2018


In 1963, fresh off the success of Psycho, director Alfred Hitchcock followed up this unprecedented success with The Birds. Set in a small coastal …

April Fools: The Room

April 2nd, 2018


In 2002, a mysterious film was unleashed on the world by first-time filmmaker Tommy Wiseau; a melodrama about a good-guy businessman whose world is being torn apart by those around him. After it's release, the film …

April Fool's Day

April 2nd, 2018


In 1986, a new horror icon was released sporting a completely original concept that was both harolded by critics and audiences alike for it's …

April Fools: Birdemic: Shock and Terror

April 1st, 2018


In 2008, director James Nguyen, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, set out to make a film that would shock and …

The Raid Redemption

March 30th, 2018


In 2010, director Gareth Evans, a British filmmaker released an Indonesian extreme action film called The Raid (aka The Raid Redemption in the U.S.). The film focuses on a SWAT team being sent into an apartment highrise …

Fan/Art: A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

March 24th, 2018


On this episode of Fan/Art, MovieDude Eric and special guest Michelle take a look at the much-anticipated A Wrinkle in Time starring Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pine based on the classic sci-fi novel. While audiences and …

Inside Llewyn Davis

March 21st, 2018


In 2013, Joel and Ethan Coen return to their indie musical roots with Inside Llewyn Davis. Set in the early 1960s folk music scene in New York, the …

Geek Critique: Film Criticism vs. Film Conversation

March 16th, 2018


Introducing a new series of discussions between film enthusiasts and reviewers MovieDude Eric and Chris about the fine art of film analysis titled Geek Critique. In this episode, they discuss their history of reviewing …

Fantastic Mr. Fox

March 14th, 2018


In 2009, arthouse auteur Wes Anderson decided to transition from making adult-themed live action films in order to create a stop motion animated film …

Fan/Art: Black Panther (2018)

March 10th, 2018


Introducing a new show on Arthouse Legends: Fan/Art. This is the show where current pop culture films are looked at by one film enthusiast and one …


March 7th, 2018


In 1976, legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet, fresh off his highly acclaimed Dog Day Afternoon, took on one of the most audacious screenplays ever scripted by Oscar-winner Paddy Chayefsky called Network. The film, a sharp …

Oscar Nominations 2018

March 2nd, 2018


MovieDude Eric looks at the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominations and gives his picks and possible winners.

Good Will Hunting

February 28th, 2018


In 1997, actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck tapped friend Kevin Smith and Miramax Films to produce their original screenplay Good Will Hunting about a …

Hustle & Flow

February 22nd, 2018


In 2005, African American auteur John Singleton helped a young filmmaker named Craig Brewer to get his first feature film, Hustle & Flow, filmed and screened at Sundance. The film depicts a Memphis pimp whom with …

MovieDude Eric's Best Films of 2017

February 20th, 2018


MovieDude Eric discusses his take on the twenty best films of 2017. 


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Secretary (2002)

February 14th, 2018


At the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, a little indie romantic comedy challenged critics and audiences alike called Secretary. The film follows a …

Groundhog Day

February 12th, 2018


In 1993, director Harold Ramis reteamed with comedy superstar Bill Murray to tackle a tricky comedy premise that would eventually go on to be modern …

Arthouse Rejects: The Cable Guy

February 10th, 2018


In 1996, comedian/director Ben Stiller and writer/producer Judd Apatow teamed with the biggest comedy name of the the decade Jim Carrey to make The Cable Guy. The film, a sharp, twisted satire about a down-on-his-luck …

Arthouse Rejects: Stargate

January 20th, 2018


In 1994, writer/director team Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich created their first epic called Stargate about a wormhole that transports a special …

Arthouse Rejects: The FP

January 16th, 2018


In 2012, The Trost Brothers with a budget under $50,000 made a post-apocalyptic parody where turf wars are fought through a Dance Dance Revolution …

Arthouse Selects 2017

January 6th, 2018


Another year has come and gone and the Arthouse Legends gang is looking back at the year in movies discussed and give some arbitrary awards to some deserving (and undeserving) films.

Top Five Worst Films of 2017

December 31st, 2017


As Arthouse Legends winds down 2017, MovieDude Eric contemplates the worst five films plus the most overrated and best worst films of the year.

Get Out

December 28th, 2017


In 2017, comedian Jordan Peele worked with indie producer Jason Blum to release his suspense horror film Get Out about a young African American man who taken to meet his white girlfriend's parents at their upper-class …

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

December 24th, 2017


In 2010, Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander took his short film about hunters trapping savage elves and turned into a holiday horror-comedy titled …

The Empire Strikes Back

December 23rd, 2017


In 1980, Star Wars director George Lucas continued his epic space opera along with the help of his mentor and fellow director Irvin Kershner. Titled The Empire Strikes Back, the film continues the story of Luke …


December 23rd, 2017


In 2006, writer/director Rian Johnson filmed his first feature film Brick, an ambitious mix of noir storytelling in a modern day high school setting …

The Big Sick

December 21st, 2017


Actor/comedian Kumail Nanjiani along with his wife Emily V. Gordon formulated a screenplay based loosely on their relationship which was made into a …


December 6th, 2017


In 2000, fresh off the massive success of The Sixth Sense, director M. Night Shyamalan unleashed his follow-up film, Unbreakable. Reteaming with …

The Italian Job (1969)

November 29th, 2017


In 1969, as the Summer of Love was in full swing, so was Swingin' London full of posh trends, which included a vibrant hip film scene with a new …

Boogie Nights

November 25th, 2017


In 1997, 27-year-old auteur filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson burst onto the scene with his sophomore feature film Boogie Nights, set in the seedy side …

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

November 13th, 2017


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 …

Halloween Special: The Book of Life

October 31st, 2017


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 …

Arthouse of Horror: Green Room

October 27th, 2017


In 2015, director Jeremy Saulnier followed up his acclaimed Blue Ruin with the horror thriller Green Room starring Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart. …

Arthouse of Horror: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

October 20th, 2017


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 …

Arthouse of Horror: Killer Klowns from Outer Space

October 10th, 2017


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 …

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

October 6th, 2017


In 1968, young filmmaker George A. Romero released an extremely low-budget horror film that would not only singlehandedly create the zombie subgenre, …

Attack the Block

September 28th, 2017


In 2011, director Joe Cornish and collaborating producer Edgar Wright released a small budget sci-fi horror comedy Attack the Block which garnered a …

The Usual Suspects

September 15th, 2017


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 …

2001: A Space Odyssey

September 11th, 2017


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 …

Dazed and Confused

September 8th, 2017


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 …

Arthouse Summer: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

September 7th, 2017


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 …

Arthouse Summer: Jurassic Park

August 9th, 2017


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 …

Arthouse Summer: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

August 7th, 2017


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 …

Arthouse Summer: Aliens

August 4th, 2017


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 …

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

August 2nd, 2017


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 …


July 31st, 2017


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 …

RoboCop (1987)

June 28th, 2017


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 …

Moonlight (2016)

June 20th, 2017


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 …

The Best Years of Our Lives

June 11th, 2017


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 …

The Searchers

May 31st, 2017


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 …

La La Land

May 12th, 2017


In 2016, director Damien Chazelle released his much-anticipated sophmore feature film La La Land, a modern day jazz musical starring Ryan Gosling and …


April 26th, 2017


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 …

I Saw the Devil

April 19th, 2017


In 2010, South Korea's film movement had seen international success for nearly a decade, most notably in the crime and horror genres. Director …

Room (2015)

April 13th, 2017


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 …

Lone Star (1996)

March 31st, 2017


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 …

Wayne's World

March 22nd, 2017


In 1992, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels attemted to adapt a widely popular sketch from his show into a feature length film. Tapping …


March 15th, 2017


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 …


March 8th, 2017


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 …

King Kong (1933)

March 1st, 2017


In 1933, directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack revolutionized blockbuster filmmaking when they married state-of-the-art animation, set and …


February 22nd, 2017


In 2016, acclaimed director Ava Duvernay released her much anticipated follow-up to Selma, a documentary called 13th which was aimed at discussing …


February 15th, 2017


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 …

When Harry Met Sally...

February 10th, 2017


Arthouse Legends celebrates the holiday of romance by following around a couple of neurotic New Yorkers obsessing over their love lives and having …

Singin' in the Rain

February 3rd, 2017


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 …

Arthouse Rejects: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

January 30th, 2017


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 …

Arthouse Rejects: Detroit Rock City

January 23rd, 2017


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 …

Arthouse Rejects: Friday the 13th (1980)

January 11th, 2017


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 …

Arthouse Selects 2016

January 4th, 2017


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 …

Worst Five Films of 2016

December 28th, 2016


While Arthouse Legends prepares for 2017, MovieDude Eric counts down the worst five films he saw in 2016 plus the most disappointing film of the year.

The Lobster

December 21st, 2016


In 2015, Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' unleashed his latest absurdist film The Lobster to the film festival circuit and was immediately hailed by the film community. The story about a lonely man desperately seeking …

In Bruges

December 14th, 2016


In 2008, playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh released his first feature-length film In Bruges about two Irish hitmen hiding out in the Belgium tourist town after a botched job. The film found critical praise and …

Tarantino Twofer: Django Unchained & The Hateful Eight

December 10th, 2016


In 2012 and 2015, director Quentin Tarantino stepped away from the contemporary crime scene to go back to the 60s, the 1860s that is in a pair of westerns set before and after the Civil War with Django Unchained and The …

Lethal Weapon

December 1st, 2016


In 1987, screenwriter Shane Black and director Richard Donner brought the Buddy Cop genre from television to the big screen, pairing international sensation Mel Gibson with seasoned stage and film actor Danny Glover as …

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