Movie Review: No Escape (2015)

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No Escape pits Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two young daughters (Claire Geare and Sterling Jerins) in the middle of a coup soon after the family moves to their new Asian home. When chaos reigns in the streets, and foreigners are brutally executed, the family must overcome unbelievable odds to ensure their safety.

The opening scene of the movie shows a diplomatic summit from the perspective of a guard. We watch as a waiter carries drinks to the officials speaking after the guard tests them presumably for poison. Knowing the premise of the movie, you expect a certain resolution to this sequence but the movie utilizes misdirection to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 125 – Special Ep – Kate Chaplin of Kate’s Take and Writer/Director of Wig’d Out

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OV125 – Special Ep – Kate Chaplin of Kate’s Take and Writer/Director of Wig’d Out

In a special episode of the podcast, Matt chats with Kate Chaplin. Kate is a filmmaker who just wrapped filming on Wig’d Out here in Indianapolis. She’s also the host of Kate’s Take, a great podcast where she discusses how films have influenced her life. For Potpourri, Matt and Kate discuss LOST. Stay tuned after the outro to the episode for a LOST spoiler discussion segment. Continue reading

Movie Review: Ask Me Anything (2014)

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Ask Me Anything‘s cover art and description on Netflix are deceiving. The cover displays star Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, Under the Dome) haphazardly wearing a man’s shirt and tie with a disheveled bed behind her and a befuddled, “look what I’ve gotten myself into” expression on her face. Netflix’s elevator pitch plot description reads: “On a yearlong break between high school and college, a teenager writes an anonymous but highly revealing blog chronicling her sex life.” Rounding out the misdirection is the tagline: “Young, not so innocent.” Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 124 – Comedy Sequels, Ballers, Ask Me Anything, and Foxcatcher (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

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OV124 – Comedy Sequels, Ballers, Ask Me Anything, and Foxcatcher (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

Our friend and frequent guest Robert Fekkes joins Tiny and I for a discussion about comedy sequels. We cover Dumb and Dumber To, Meet the Fockers, Next Friday, Horrible Bosses 2 and more. For potpourri, we talk about HBO’s Ballers, Foxcatcher, and Ask Me Anything. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 123 – Bonus Ep – True Detective Season 2

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OV123 – Bonus Ep – True Detective Season 2

Tiny and I talked out our feelings about True Detective Season 2 in what was originally intended as a Potpourri recording for OV122. But we got longwinded and I decided to cut it into its own Bonus Episode. Enjoy and let us know what you thought of True Detective Season 2.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 122 – Best Movies of 2015 So Far and Star Wars 7 Box Office Predictions

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OV122 – Best Movies of 2015 So Far and Star Wars 7 Box Office Predictions

Mike killed a deer before we sat down to discuss how we feel about the movies released in the first half of 2015. 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. Continue reading

Movie Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

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About 45 minutes into Fantastic Four‘s meager 85 minute runtime, the 5 year old sitting a few rows in front of me loudly asked her parents “Which one of them turns into the rock thing!?” I usually have zero tolerance for movie talkers and theater disruptions. However, instead of quietly wishing that theaters would double charge parents who bring their children to a non-matinee show time, I chuckled because the kid was onto something. Continue reading

TV Review: Scream – 105 – “Exposed”

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SPOILERS HEREIN

“Wow, you sound like a bad romantic comedy. Except we didn’t meet-cute, we met sick/twisted.” – Emma

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In Scream’s fifth episode, Emma deals with the fallout of footage of her losing her virginity going viral. Meanwhile Jake and Will make me wish even more that they would just get killed off already. Continue reading

Movie Review: Ex Machina (2015)

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Alex Garland is responsible for writing two of my favorite movies in the last fifteen years. 28 Days Later and Sunshine were both collaborations between Garland and director Danny Boyle that told thought-provoking stories about humanity’s flaws and its willpower in a familiar but somehow original sci-fi or horror premise. Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina follows this trend and leaves a lot for the viewer to ponder.

After Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to work alongside Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the head of a Google-like empire, he discovers the man’s true reason for calling upon the young programmer. Nathan has created an artificial intelligence named Ava (Alicia Vikander) and Caleb is tasked with evaluating the machine’s consciousness. However, nothing is quite as it seems. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 121 – Fake Sequel Game, Seinfeld, Faults, Annie Hall, and Fifty Shades of Grey

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OV121 – Fake Sequel Game, Seinfeld, Faults, Annie Hall, and Fifty Shades of Grey

This week we played a version of our Fake Movie Game, only this time we pitched Fake Sequels. One host pitches a title and the other two hosts pick an alternate genre and then pitch the plot for the new movie. Then for Potpourri, I talk about Seinfeld and Fifty Shades of Grey. Tiny shares his thoughts on Faults. And Mike watches Annie Hall for the first time.

*I mistakenly refer to Session 9 as Session 8 in this episode, I apologize.*

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