The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 294 – Bonus Ep – Rapid Response (2019)

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OV294 – Bonus Ep – Rapid Response (2019)

In this bonus episode, Tiny and I review Rapid Response, a documentary about the origin and evolution of motorsport medical science. It’s an interesting documentary currently in theaters that we both recommend.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 046 – OV B-Roll – “Holler West 6” – Youth Group, Tiny’s Bank Info and First Movie Obsession, Meniscus Tears, and Dog Trophies – September 10, 2019

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Ben’s Column: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Movie Review

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Premise: A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

A young black girl stares up at a man in a hazmat suit while a street preacher rants and raves about the contaminated water poisoning the residents. This is the introduction we get to Jimmie (Jimmie Fails) and Monty’s (Jonathan Majors) version of San Francisco in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”; far from the trolleys, five-star restaurants and tech headquarters of the city. The Golden Gate Bridge is off in the distance, but it’s far enough away that you may forget that it exists. Reality is certainly heightened here, but not so much to seem unbelievable. The film is loosely based on the true-life story of Jimmie Fails, who shares a story credit with first-time director and his childhood friend, Joe Talbot. Jimmie and Monty- both young, under-employed black men with dreams of bigger and better things- share a crowded bedroom in Monty’s blind grandfather’s house on the outskirts of the city. At night, when Jimmie isn’t working at a nursing home, the three watch old movies as Monty lovingly describes the action. On occasion, the two skate into the city to look after and fix up an old Victorian home in the Mission district that’s currently owned by an elderly white couple. Why is Jimmie so immersed in the upkeep of the home? He explains early on (to a Segway tour full of white people, of course) that the house was designed and built by his grandfather with his own two hands after World War II. Soon, the couple moves out and the home is abandoned, so Jimmie and Monty take over and renovate as they believe it should be, preserving as many details as Jimmie’s grandfather intended.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 293 – Toy Story 4 & The Farewell – AMC A-List v Regal Unlimited, Upcoming Movies: Joker, Jojo Rabbit, Motherless Brooklyn, Cats (Guest: Ben Sears)

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OV293 – Toy Story 4 & The Farewell – AMC A-List v Regal Unlimited, Upcoming Movies: Joker, Jojo Rabbit, Motherless Brooklyn, Cats (Guest: Ben Sears)

In this week’s episode, I welcome Patreon supporter, returning guest, and new contributor Ben Sears back to the podcast. We review Toy Story 4 and A24’s The Farewell. We also talk about several upcoming movies and both of our histories working in movie theaters.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 045 – OV B-Roll – “First Movie Obsessions” – The Fanatic, The Parent Trap, La Bamba, and Indie Movies – September 3, 2019

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Ben’s Column: Jawline (2019) Movie Review

Jawline (2019)

Premise: The film follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.

What is the American dream, if not to get rich and famous? In 2019, the quickest and easiest way to get rich and famous is to make it big on social media. Such is the subject of Liza Mandelup’s newest documentary, “Jawline”. The film splits its time focusing on two groups of influencers at various stages of success. First there’s Austyn Tester, a 16-year old high school dropout from rural Tennessee who wants to use his good looks, sunny disposition, and rabid online fan-base to “get famous, so then I can change the world.” The second half goes to a group of interchangeable teen boys (we’re never given their ages, but at best, they’re fresh out of high school) living together in an LA home under the iron fist of their manager Michael Weist. Theirs is a tightly regulated lifestyle where any time not spent posting, tweeting, live-streaming, etc. any branded content is met with Michael’s scorn. At one point, an argument ensues about whether or not to open a video with “hey guys”, lest they alienate their non-female fans. Even though it’s not as well done as the Tennessee portions, the LA half of the film mostly serves as a distant warning to Austyn: this is the fate that awaits the rich and famous in 2019. Thankfully, the amount of time spent between the two is more heavily weighted to Austyn and his struggles.

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Ben’s Column: Her Smell (2019) Movie Review

Her Smell (2019)

Premise: A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 292 – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Good Boys (Non-Spoiler), The Matrix 4 News, and Sony v Disney: Spider-Man and the MCU (Featuring: Kyrsten Lyster)

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OV292 – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Good Boys (Non-Spoiler), The Matrix 4 News, and Sony v Disney: Spider-Man and the MCU (Featuring: Kyrsten Lyster)

 

In this week’s episode, Kyrsten and I record on-location from her apartment to review Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Kyrsten also briefly shares her thoughts on Trump: An American Dream and I try to explain one of Stephen King’s most controversial scenes. Then, in a separate recording, Tiny and I discuss Good Boys (non-spoiler), the recent news regarding The Matrix 4, and this week’s news regarding Disney, Sony, and Spider-Man.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 043 – OV B-Roll – “On-Location!” – Sleep Apnea?!, Anthropomorphizing Animals, Mortality, and Half-Assed Hypotheticals – August 11, 2019

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 291 – Extended Potpourri – Spider-Man: Far From Home, Stuber, Blockers, Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural, Cats Trailer, and LOSTPoint (Featuring: Kyrsten Lyster)

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OV291 – Extended Potpourri – Spider-Man: Far From Home, Stuber, Blockers, Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural, Cats Trailer, and LOSTPoint (Featuring: Kyrsten Lyster)

In this week’s episode, Kyrsten and I spend way too much time talking about our cats before diving into reviews of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Stuber, and Blockers. We round out the episode with a conversation about Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural and the latest installment of our LOSTPoint series reviewing LOST and Flashpoint.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 042 – OV B-Roll – “Fundaes with Matt & Kyrsten” – Conversations with Characters, Shipping LOSTPoint Characters, Cats, and Politics – August 3, 2019

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 290 – Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood – Regal Unlimited, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, ACS: Impeachment Announced, and Tenet Teaser (Featuring: Robert Fekkes)

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OV290 – Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood – Regal Unlimited, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, ACS: Impeachment Announced, and Tenet Teaser (Featuring: Robert Fekkes)

This week, Fekkes and I review Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. We also briefly talk about Regal Unlimited, Hobbs & Shaw, and more.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 041 – OV B-Roll – “LEGO Devastation” – Mental Health Talk, Our Tarantino LEGO Wish Lists, Friends/Pottery Barn, Stranger Things 3 – August 7, 2019

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 289 – Quentin Tarantino Retrospective: Chapter Three – Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight (Featuring: Robert Fekkes)

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OV289 – Quentin Tarantino Retrospective: Chapter Three – Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight (Featuring: Robert Fekkes)

Recorded July 23, 23019: In preparation for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Fekkes and I are embarking upon a 3-part Quentin Tarantino retrospective leading up to the new film’s release. In this installment, Fekkes and I share our thoughts on Inglourious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015).

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 039 – OV B-Roll – “Desert Island Filmography” – Game of Thrones & Star Wars, Knives Out Trailer, The Art of Self Defense, and MCU: Phase 4 – July 23, 2019

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 288 – Quentin Tarantino Retrospective: Chapter Two – Kill Bill Vol 1, Kill Bill Vol 2, and Death Proof (Featuring: Robert Fekkes)

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OV288 – Quentin Tarantino Retrospective: Chapter Two – Kill Bill Vol 1, Kill Bill Vol 2, and Death Proof (Featuring: Robert Fekkes)

Recorded July 3, 2019: In preparation for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Fekkes and I are embarking upon a 3-part Quentin Tarantino retrospective leading up to the new film’s release. In this installment, Fekkes and I share our thoughts on Kill Bill Vol 1 (2003), Kill Bill Vol 2 (2004), and Death Proof (2007).

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 038 – OV B-Roll – “Fantasy Movie and TV Projects” – Fekkes’ Travel Bucket List, Lady Gaga Concert, and The Walking Dead Comics – July 3, 2019

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 287 – Quentin Tarantino Retrospective: Chapter One – Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown (Featuring: Robert Fekkes)

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OV287 – Quentin Tarantino Retrospective: Chapter One – Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown (Featuring: Robert Fekkes)

Recorded April 3, 2019: In preparation for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Fekkes and I are embarking upon a 3-part Quentin Tarantino retrospective leading up to the new film’s release. In this installment, Fekkes and I share our thoughts on Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), and Jackie Brown (1997).

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 286 – Franchise Fatigue and Extended Conversation – Child’s Play (2019), Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Tenebrae (1981), and Mike’s Son’s First Theater Experience (Featuring: Mike White)

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OV286 – Franchise Fatigue and Extended Conversation – Child’s Play (2019), Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Tenebrae (1981), and Mike’s Son’s First Theater Experience (Featuring: Mike White)

In this laid back, extended conversation episode, Mike and I cover a wide range of topics including his son’s first movie theater experience, the ridiculous Twitter meltdown of @RareHorror, life in the streaming era, and more. We also review the new Child’s Play and briefly discuss Tenebrae and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 036 – OV B-Roll – “List Anxiety vs Spoiler Culture” – Half-Asleep Alexa Story, 6 Years of Podcasting, and Digital vs Physical Tease – July 2, 2019

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 285 – HBO’s Chernobyl – Dark Phoenix, Bodyguard, Fargo, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The X-Files

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OV285 – HBO’s Chernobyl – Dark Phoenix, Bodyguard, Fargo, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The X-Files

This week, Tiny and I share our thoughts on the incredible HBO miniseries, Chernobyl. After a brief non-spoiler review, we dive into what we loved and were horrified by in Craig Mazin’s miniseries. Then, for potpourri, we talk about Dark Phoenix, Bodyguard, Fargo, and I lament the amount of balls I keep juggling

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 034 – OV B-Roll – “Now, I Can Fix ‘Er” – Catreon, Drippy Air Conditioner, Popcorn at the Movies, Rocketman Expectations, and The Twilight Zone – June 11, 2019

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 284 – Booksmart & Ma – Onward teaser, The Twilight Zone, and TV Show Swap: LOSTPoint (Featuring: Kyrsten Lyster)

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OV284 – Booksmart & Ma – Onward teaser, The Twilight Zone, and TV Show Swap: LOSTPoint (Featuring: Kyrsten Lyster)

This week, Kyrsten and I review Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart and Blumhouse’s new thriller, Ma. We also discuss The Twilight Zone’s toxic masculinity episode, Not All Men and continue our TV Show Swap: LOSTPoint project by discussing season 1, episodes 8 & 9 of LOST (Confidence Man & Solitary) and Flashpoint (Never Kissed a Girl & Planets Aligned).

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 032 – OV B-Roll – “Fuck the Snail” – Patreon Shop Talk, Root Beer Floats, Twilight Zone Hypotheticals, and a Scary Snail-ario – June 1, 2019

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 283 – Pokemon: Detective Pikachu – Too Much to Watch, Disney+, and TV Show Swap: LOSTPoint (Featuring: Kyrsten Lyster)

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OV283 – Pokemon: Detective Pikachu – Too Much to Watch, Disney+, and TV Show Swap: LOSTPoint (Featuring: Kyrsten Lyster)

This week, Kyrsten and I review the first-ever live action Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu. We also continue our TV Show Swap: LOSTPoint project by discussing season 1, episodes 6 & 7 of LOST (House of the Rising Sun & The Moth) and Flashpoint (Attention Shoppers & He Knows His Brother).

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 031 – OV B-Roll – “Miltank Titties” – Zefron v Topher Grace, TV Shows That Disappointed Kyrsten, Acting Hypotheticals, and Penicillin Will Kill Us – May 18, 2019

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