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Movies On The Radio: The Scourge Of The Overrated Movie

Orson Welles and George Coulouris in 'Citizen Kane.' The 1941 film was heralded by some critics as the best movie ever made.
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Orson Welles and George Coulouris in 'Citizen Kane.' The 1941 film was heralded by some critics as the best movie ever made.

Some films get nothing but love from the critics. They garner five stars, win awards, and spark endless think pieces. But do audiences actually like them? On Movies on the Radio host Frank Stasio speaks with film experts Marsha Gordon, a film professor at North Carolina State University, and Laura Boyes, film curator for the North Carolina Museum of Art, about listener picks for most overrated films.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with film experts Marsha Gordon, a film professor at North Carolina State University, and Laura Boyes for this edition of Movies on the Radio.

Some State of Things listeners cite critically-acclaimed flicks like “Citizen Kane” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” as the target of their ire, while others voice frustrations about dolling out hard-earned cash to watch their overrated picks in theaters (popcorn, soda and all). The experts take on everything from the beloved classic “Forrest Gump” to the desperately romantic “Titanic.” 

Listener Picks for Most Overrated Films

Citizen Kane (1941)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9OUZNicTGU

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2UWOeBcsJI

​My Dinner With Andre (1981)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7hSY0QOkII

​The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, And Her Lover (1989)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dvhgFJKH3w

Forrest Gump (1994)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLvqoHBptjg

Titanic (1997)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCy5WQ9S4c0

​The Big Lebowski (1998)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd-go0oBF4Y

​Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N8wkVA4_8s

The Lobster (2015)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU29VfayDMw

 

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Laura Pellicer is a producer with The State of Things (hyperlink), a show that explores North Carolina through conversation. Laura was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, a city she considers arrestingly beautiful, if not a little dysfunctional. She worked as a researcher for CBC Montreal and also contributed to their programming as an investigative journalist, social media reporter, and special projects planner. Her work has been nominated for two Canadian RTDNA Awards. Laura loves looking into how cities work, pursuing stories about indigenous rights, and finding fresh voices to share with listeners. Laura is enamored with her new home in North Carolina—notably the lush forests, and the waves where she plans on moonlighting as a mediocre surfer.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.