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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.

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“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.

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“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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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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