Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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With the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (formerly subtitled There and Back Again), Peter Jackson has completed his journey into Middle Earth. I’ve seen five out of the six installments in the theater and double dipped on owning the Lord of the Rings extended editions when they were released on blu-ray. While Jackson won’t rule out more Tolkien movies, I really do hope he calls it a day and lets Middle Earth rest on these six movies.  Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 86 – TV Dialogue, Saving Christmas, I Am Santa Claus, and Kramer vs. Kramer

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This week we talk about some of our favorite TV Dialogue after taking a week off due to illnesses across the board! In the episode we stay contemporary across the board as Tiny brings The Newsroom and True Detective to the table. Mike discusses some of his favorite dialogue from Dexter and Parenthood. Finally, I put up The Shield and House of Cards’ dialogue up for discussion.

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Decade Reviews – Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Reviewed 7/8/04 & 11/24/14

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A decade ago, I was a teenager in high school. I had my first job at my local movie theater and used my newfound disposable income to get a Netflix subscription.

Over the summer of 2004, 17/18 year old Matt wrote 21 movie reviews and posted them on IMDb. Recently, I dug up these reviews and decided to revisit each movie and evaluate how my tastes have changed over the last decade.

So for each of these posts, I will write a present-day review and then copy/paste the original review after. Then I’ll compare the two and give a summary at the end. You can find all the reviews herefollow me on Twitter here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, lets talk about Spider-Man 2. Continue reading

Decade Reviews – The Day After Tomorrow (2004) – Reviewed 7/6/04 & 11/10/14

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A decade ago, I was a teenager in high school. I had my first job at my local movie theater and used my newfound disposable income to get a Netflix subscription.

Over the summer of 2004, 17/18 year old Matt wrote 21 movie reviews and posted them on IMDb. Recently, I dug up these reviews and decided to revisit each movie and evaluate how my tastes have changed over the last decade.

So for each of these posts, I will write a present-day review and then copy/paste the original review after. Then I’ll compare the two and give a summary at the end. You can find all the reviews herefollow me on Twitter here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, lets talk about The Day After Tomorrow. Continue reading

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2

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Horrible Bosses 2 reunites the trio from the first movie for more hilarious criminal mishaps and out of their element antics. This time around, Kurt (Jason Sudekis), Nick (Jason Bateman) and Dale (Charlie Day) are starting their own business with a product they hope will get them up and running. When a wealthy investor (Christoph Waltz) places a large order and then reneges on the deal, the guys hatch a plan to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and use the ransom to save their business. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 85 – Starbase Indy Panel – 2015 Summer Movie Preview

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Recorded November 30th, 2014 – The guys were invited to this year’s Starbase Indy to host a panel previewing the Summer 2015 movie season! Mike George (from Starbase Indy) was on-hand to discuss a few of the big tent-pole releases next summer and get the guys’ take on what will be the biggest hit, what will bomb and how much Age of Ultron is going to destroy its competition.

Find back episodes of the podcast at http://ovpodcast.com and let us know what you think of the movie by tweeting us: @ObsessiveViewer@ObsessiveTiny@IAmMikeWhite.

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Rant: On Spoiler Culture, Social Media Misconduct and The Walking Dead Midseason Finale

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Last night The Walking Dead aired its midseason finale, “Coda.” I, like many other television viewers, utilize technology (DVRs, video services online like Amazon and iTunes) to watch the latest episodes of my favorite shows at my leisure. So you can imagine my disappointment when AMC’s official Facebook page for The Walking Dead posted a gigantic spoiler for the end of the episode at 9:59 PM EST and then re-shared it to their feed around 1 AM, presumably after the west coast feed aired. Continue reading

Blu-Ray Review: Halloween – The Complete Collection Limited Deluxe Edition (15 Discs)

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Introduction

In 1978, John Carpenter and Debra Hill brought the boogeyman to life and gave him a name. Halloween was a massively successful independent movie that spawned several sequels, a remake and a sequel to the remake. 10 movies (9 of which feature Michael Myers) comprise one of the most iconic and celebrated horror franchises of all time.

And now you can own all of it, along with a plethora of bonus content, for the first time in this 15-disc deluxe edition blu-ray set.

Read on for my full review of the set and, while you’re at it, check out the 2014 Obsessive Viewer Holiday Buyer’s Guide. You can also check out my podcast’s full review of the Halloween franchise here.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 84 – Gangster Movies, The Newsroom, I Know That Voice, and Captain Phillips

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OV84 – Gangster Movies, The Newsroom, I Know That Voice, and Captain Phillips

This week, the guys talked about a few of their favorite Gangster Movies (mostly Martin Scorsese movies, naturally). After covering the topic, Mike laments his current “stack” of movies he needs to watch in his collection. Tiny then brings up the voice-acting documentary I Know That Voice among other things.

Find back episodes of the podcast at http://ovpodcast.com and let us know what you think of the movie by tweeting us: @ObsessiveViewer@ObsessiveTiny@IAmMikeWhite.

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The 2014 Obsessive Viewer Holiday Buyer’s Guide

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It’s officially the holiday season and let’s face it, it’s hard to shop for people. Whether you define yourself as an Obsessive Viewer (ahem, trademark Matt Hurt and ObsessiveViewer.com) or you have one on your shopping list, there’s no denying the minefield that comes with shopping for someone who loves movies and TV.

If you’re not sure what to get your movie/TV fan (or you want to show your friends and family what you want), I’ve put together this list of potential gifts. Clicking the links will take you directly to Amazon where buying the item will help support The Obsessive Viewer blog and podcast.

For 2013’s Obsessive Viewer Buyer’s Guide click here!

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