In honor of “John Carter,” ten awesome dude movies with dude’s names for titles


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Ah, the good old “Dude Movie.” What’s that you say? You don’t know what a “Dude Movie” is? Psh! Ok, well, if ladies have their “Chick Flicks” then it just seems right that guys should have their “Dude Movies.” And March 9 marks the theatrical unleashing of the latest and greatest Dude Movie, “John Carter.” Here’s what you need to know: It takes place on Mars and it has the titular character battling all sorts of enormous beasts. Dude Movie! So have a peek at the 10 Awesome Dude Movies with Dude’s Names for Titles that we’ve rounded up for you and be sure to let us know your favorite in the comments, dude.

“Rocky” (1976)

You tell me who’s more of a man’s man in Hollywood than Sylvester Stallone. I dare you. And don’t even start with all the Chuck Norris business. Stallone is The Dude to end all dudes (not to be confused with “The Dude” – the legendary character played by Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski”). While I’m sure “Rocky” has plenty of female fans, it really is the ultimate guy’s story. The little guy from Philadelphia that no one thought could make it works his backside off (I mean, come on, the guy was punching frozen meat carcasses rather than your typical punching bag) to get to the very top of the boxing world by fighting heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). The end result doesn’t even matter. “Rocky” is a rags to riches, come from behind, American Dream story that every man can relate to, and one that millions have probably tried to emulate in one way or another. Stallone not only starred in the classic (and the subsequent sequels), but he also wrote and directed the film. Now that’s a guy who’s worthy of the title of Ultimate Dude.


“Rudy” (1993)

We all know that guys love their sports films and they love them just a little bit more when they’re underdog stories. The 1993 David Anspaugh film “Rudy” tells the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who, despite just about everything in the universe aligning against him in the endeavor, dreams of playing college football at the hallowed University of Notre Dame. He doesn’t have the money, grades, talent, or physical attributes one would normally need to not only get into Notre Dame, but also to play the game of football there. Oh, and to top it all off, the guy is dyslexic. What Rudy does have, however, is a whole lot of heart and determination. It gets him far enough to land a spot on the practice squad and, eventually, the opportunity to suit up with the team for their final home game. Spoiler alert: The team ends up carrying him off the field on their shoulders. Like you didn’t see that coming. What you might also see is your pops weeping into his pillow at the end of the film just like every good man before him. Even tough guys can cry during Dude Movies. It’s in the rulebook. I promise.

“Patton” (1970)

If there’s a genre of film that guys love almost as much (if not more) than sports movies, it’s war movies. Gather up a group of twenty of the toughest guys you know, put them in a room together, and ask them what movie they want to watch. Nine times out of ten it will either be a sports movie or a war movie. How fitting then that we find the 1970 George C. Scott classic “Patton” on this list. The biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II is a classic for a reason; it’s an astonishingly good movie. From the iconic opening scenes of Patton in front of the enormous American flag to the final scenes with Patton walking his dog, the film is a masterpiece of the war genre and a testament to the incredible power of George C. Scott’s acting ability. “Patton” is a Dude Movie through and through. It’s one that has stood the test of time and should continue to do so for decades to come.


“Happy Gilmore” (1996)

Remember way back in 1996 when Adam Sandler was still making funny movies? You know, way before that whole “Jack & Jill” fiasco of this past year. We sure do, and we remember it fondly for Sandler’s role as the titular character of “Happy Gilmore” – a washout ice hockey player who realizes that he’s absurdly talented at golf. It’s a hilarious film that shows off Sandler’s penchant for irascible outbursts that play just as funny as they are frightening. I mean, who else could believably punch out Bob Barker during a golf tournament. Sandler made anger hilarious and that’s probably what we miss most about his latest films. That sense of fun is gone and it’s all just… bad. “Happy Gilmore” was Sandler’s first pairing with director Dennis Dugan, but the film is good enough to forgive the fact that their collaboration has produced nothing but pain and suffering (at least for viewers) since 1996. I know there are female fans out there that love Sandler, but this is a brash sports comedy that easily fits the bill of Dude Movie.

“Donnie Brasco” (1997)

The first of two films on this list starring Johnny Depp, 1997’s “Donnie Brasco” is an excellent crime drama based on the real-life events of FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone’s infiltration of the Bonanno crime family in New York City. Pistone (Johnny Depp) posed as a jewel thief expert (“The Jewel Man”) and used the alias “Donnie Brasco” to gain access to one of the Mafia’s Five Families during the 1970’s by gaining the confidence of low-level mob hit man Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino). The problem is, the closer Brasco gets to the Mafia and the longer he ends up as a gangster, the more it starts to bleed over into his real personal life putting his entire family and the life of Lefty in jeopardy. Directed by Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), “Donnie Brasco” is a terrific Mafia thriller that has only gotten better with age. Depp’s performance is astounding and Pacino makes the perfect pair for the star. Violent and suspenseful and moving, the film is a nearly perfect Dude Movie. I mean, what guy doesn’t like a good Mob movie, right?

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar


IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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