The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 344 – Extended Potpourri – Mike’s Kickstarter, Nomadland, Nobody, Together Together, Venom 2 Trailer, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, The Conjuring 3

OV344 – Extended Potpourri – Mike's Kickstarter, Nomadland, Nobody, Together Together, Venom 2 Trailer, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, The Conjuring 3 The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Mike and I catch up and share stories about returning to the theater post vaccine, as well as our thoughts on Nomadland, and Together Together. We also discuss trailers for Spiral: From the Book of Saw, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

Runtime: 1:45:21

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Ben’s Column: The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) – Review

Premise: David desperately tries to keep his family of six together during a separation from his wife. They both agree to see other people but David struggles to grapple with his wife’s new relationship.

With a title like The Killing of Two Lovers, you’d be forgiven if you were to go into it expecting a more violent drama. But director, screenwriter, and editor Robert Machoian has more on his mind than surface-level passion. Namely the slow and painful disintegration of a marriage, and everyone that gets sucked into its wake. Machoian’s film uses many impressive tricks and techniques to sell the ideas he’s working towards, but the film could ultimately be polished more in its shadings of some of the secondary characters.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 343 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 8 – The Circus (1928), The Searchers (1956), and Paths of Glory (1957) – The Last Dance, Small Axe, and Indy Film Fest 2021: Welcome to Monterey (2021), and Comedy Shorts Block

OV343 – Ebert's Great Movies Part 8 – The Circus (1928), The Searchers (1956), and Paths of Glory (1957) – The Last Dance, Small Axe, and Indy Film Fest 2021: Welcome to Monterey (2021), and Comedy Shorts Block The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Ben, Tiny, and I continue our series reviewing the films from Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list. In this edition, we cover Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus, John Ford’s The Searchers, and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory.

Runtime: 2:19:12

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 342 – Bonus Ep – Mortal Kombat (2021)

In this “parking lot special” bonus episode, Tiny and I record our immediate thoughts on the new Mortal Kombat movie moments after seeing it together in the theater after a stretch of 491 days of not seeing a movie in the theater together.

Runtime: 32:42

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Ben’s Column: Stowaway (2021) – Review

Premise: A stowaway on a mission to Mars sets off a series of unintended consequences.

When a company like Netflix resolves to release at least one film per week in a given year, it remains harder and harder for any single film to stand out amongst the pack. For every Mank or The Irishman or Mudbound, there’s a hundred more films that serve as glorified filler material, taking up the same amount of bandwidth on the platform and competing for the same space in our ever-dwindling attention spans. Stowaway manages to hold its own in spite of all of this, and becomes a well-intentioned, character-based space drama.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 341 – Q: Into the Storm (2021) – Shang-Chi Trailer, Voyagers, Infinite Train, Invincible, Promising Young Woman, and Matt Returns to the Theater

OV341 – Q: Into the Storm (2021) – Shang-Chi Trailer, Voyagers, Infinite Train, Invincible, Promising Young Woman, and Matt Returns to the Theater The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Tiny, Ben, and I review Q: Into the Storm. We also discuss the new Shang-Chi trailer, my return to the movie theater, and round out the episode with a potpourri section in which we talk about Voyagers, Promising Young Woman, Infinite Train, and Invincible.

Runtime: 2:04:11

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 340 – Godzilla vs Kong (2021) & Shiva Baby (2021) – The Father (2020), The Little Things (2021), and Superstore

OV340 – Godzilla vs Kong (2021) & Shiva Baby (2021) – The Father (2020), The Little Things (2021), and Superstore The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Tiny, Ben, and I review Shiva Baby and Godzilla vs Kong. We also discuss the big Knives Out sequel news and round out the episode with a potpourri section in which we talk about The Father, The Little Things, and Superstore.

Runtime: 2:02:52

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 339 – Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

OV339 – Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Fekkes and I discuss the highly anticipated and controversial Snyder Cut of Justice League.

Runtime: 1:52:50

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 338 – Oscars 2021 Nominee Rundown

In this episode, Ben and I discuss this year’s Academy Award nominees. We also celebrate Ben’s recent acceptance into the IFJA.

Runtime: 2:13:43

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Ben’s Column: Zach Snyder’s Justice League (2021) – Review

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

Premise: Zack Snyder’s definitive director’s cut of Justice League. Determined to ensure Superman’s ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions.

The internet can, on very rare occasions, be used as a force for good in the world. In 2017, Disney pulled the insufferable short film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure from Coco’s screenings after audiences voiced their overwhelmingly negative reactions. In 2019, Paramount re-tooled Sonic the Hedgehog after fans recoiled in horror at the reveal of the titular character’s look. And now, 4 years after its initial release, Warner Bros. has caved to its fans and released the long-fabled “Snyder cut” of Justice League.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 337 – The Last Blockbuster (2020) + South Park Pandemic & Vaccination Specials – Allen & Farrow, The Great North, The Mandalorian, Snyder Cut Reviews, and WandaVision

OV337 – The Last Blockbuster (2020) + South Park Pandemic & Vaccination Specials – Allen & Farrow, The Great North, The Mandalorian, Snyder Cut Reviews, and WandaVision The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Fekkes and I review the new documentary The Last Blockbuster and discuss the two South Park specials.

Runtime: 1:22:40

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 336 – WandaVision – Guest: Dustin Mattingly of As Good As It Gets

OV336 – WandaVision – Guest: Dustin Mattingly of As Good As It Gets The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Mike and I welcome Mike’s band mate, and creative life partner, Dustin Mattingly onto the show to discuss the new MCU show on Disney+, WandaVision.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 116 – OV B-Roll – “Sitcoms We Want to Live In” – Mike Gets Vaccinated, Girl Meets World, Taxi, and Afterlife TV – Mar 11, 2021

Runtime: 1:34:32

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 335 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 7 – Ikiru (1952) and Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) – Lisey’s Story on AppleTV+, Malcolm & Marie (2021), The Outsider, and Grown Ups 2 (2013)

OV335 – Ebert's Great Movies Part 7 – Ikiru (1952) and Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) – Lisey's Story on AppleTV+, Malcolm & Marie (2021), The Outsider, and Grown Ups 2 (2013) The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Ben and I continue our series reviewing the films from Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list. In this edition, we cover Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, and Agnes Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 113 – OV B-Roll – “Ben v Fireworks” – The Twilight Zone, Oscar Nominee Predictions, and Streaming Service Hypothetical – Feb 23, 2021

Runtime: 1:47:17

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Ben’s Column: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) – Review

Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Premise: Bill O’Neal infiltrates the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul

I couldn’t help but think of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous quote from his 1962 novel “Mother Night” while watching Judas and the Black Messiah: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Vonnegut’s protagonist secretly worked to undermine the Nazis while still wearing the uniform, but was publicly and privately chastised for the rest of his life because of it. The novel, along with director Shaka King’s newest film Judas and the Black Messiah, brings to light an interesting moral conundrum: will we ultimately be remembered for our contributions to a cause, or our best intentions that we keep under the surface?

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Ben’s Column: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) – Review

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

Premise: Two teens who live the same day repeatedly, enabling them to create the titular map.

Filmmakers tend to take on projects in familiar genres for one of two reasons: One could be to explore a previously untapped or underutilized element of the genre. The other could be to put their own personal spin on the material. Martin Scorcese explored the long-lasting effects of the typically short-lived life of crime in The Irishman. Ryan Coogler imprinted the Black experience on Black Panther. Even last year, the time-loop genre went through a reinvention of sorts with Palm Springs. I’m not saying that the release of The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is hindered by its proximity to Palm Springs; rather, it’s that it has hardly anything new to say, in a genre with fairly limited breathing room to begin with.

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