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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 393 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) + BlackBerry (2023) – Guests: Brent Leuthold (Awake In The Dark) and Joe Shearer (Midwest Film Journal)

In this episode, I welcome my friends Brent Leuthold and Joe Shearer back to the show to review the new films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and BlackBerry!

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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is not only a near perfect culmination to the MCU’s most heartfelt group of characters. It’s also the best Marvel movie since 2019’s Endgame (with Spider-Man: No Way Home being a very close second). The heart and emotion on display in this film will stick with audiences for a while and will likely leave many weeping in the theater.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 392 – Extended Potpourri – Indy Film Fest 2023, How I Met Your Father, Thirteen Lives, American Manhunt, and Matthew Perry’s Memoir

In this episode, Tiny and I catch each other up on what we’ve been watching lately. I also share my thoughts on some selections from this year’s Indy Film Fest.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 391 – Scream VI (2023) & Boston Strangler (2023) – Guest: Sam Watermeier (Midwest Film Journal)

In this episode, I welcome my friend Sam Watermeier back to the show to review the latest Scream film, Scream VI and the new Hulu original film, Boston Strangler. We also briefly discuss the Oscars.

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Movie Review: Scream VI (2023)

Despite a couple choices that don’t particularly gel with the overall franchise, the majority of Scream VI works well to deliver the fun slasher frights for which the franchise is known. Though it’s not the franchise love letter that Scream ’22 was, Radio Silence is still breaking new ground in one of the genre’s most beloved and entertaining franchises.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 390 – Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) & Somebody I Used to Know (2023)

In this episode, Tiny and I review the latest MCU film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the new Amazon Prime romantic comedy, Somebody I Used to Know. We also discuss recent entertainment news.

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Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

As a sub-franchise within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man is a strange anomaly. Initially the many years long passion project of Edgar Wright, Ant-Man was handed off to Peyton Reed in 2014 when Wright exited due to creative differences. The trajectory of the MCUs “little guy” from his humble and heist-driven first film through one sequel, one Civil War, and one saga-concluding Endgame is substantial. But it’s the humor and extreme likability of Paul Rudd’s work in the franchise that makes it all make sense within its greater placement within the MCU. Now Reed is at the helm of his 3rd Ant-Man film and charged with bringing the Multiverse Saga’s big bad, Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conquerer, to the big screen.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 389 – Knock at the Cabin (2023) & You People (2023) – The Big Racket (1976) and Stone Cold (1991) – Guest: Nick Rogers (Midwest Film Journal)

In this episode, I welcome my friend Nick Rogers (from onto the show to review M. Night Shyamalan’s new film, Knock at the Cabin and the new Netflix comedy, You People. For potpourri, Nick shares his thoughts on 1976’s The Big Racket while I unveil my Chain Link Viewing Project and share my thoughts on 1991’s Stone Cold.

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My Top Ten Movies of 2022 and Thoughts on the Year

Well, 2022 is coming to a close and we’re about to usher in a new year. I have no doubt 2023 will be a big year for movies but it will especially big for The Obsessive Viewer since this little corner of the internet will be turning 10 years old in February (with the podcast turning 10 in June). So before I send off 2022 with a bunch of words about stuff I watched and enjoyed, I want to take this moment to thank anyone and everyone reading this for taking the time to read what I write and/or listen to what I record. It’s much appreciated and I’m looking forward to doing this through 2023 and beyond.

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Movie Review: Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

It would have been naive to think James Cameron’s storytelling abilities would have changed for the better in the 13 year span between the first two Avatar films. There’s no denying that Cameron is responsible for some of film’s biggest and most innovative titles. Since Avatar is his passion project and Pandora is where he’s looking to park himself for the remainder of his career, it’s simply mind-boggling that this (and 2009’s Avatar) is the best he can muster.

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Movie Review: Windfall (2022)

There’s a slight crisis of identity to the tone and pacing of Windfall, overall. The weighty themes and serious nature of the plot sometimes clash with the almost comic tone of some of the situations that arise. When more serious and immediate developments occur, there’s a bit of whiplash for the audience as we’ve moved into a more conventional thriller from the semi-absurd plot in which Windfall feels the most at home.

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Movie Review: Clerks III (2022)

There was once some charm to the idea of Smith revisiting the Clerks universe every decade or so to check in with the characters as he (and they) reach certain milestones of aging. However romantic as that notion was at the end of Clerks II, Clerks III obliterates it and ensures that Smith will likely never return to this series. Following the abysmal showing here and in 2019’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which suffered the same nostalgic callback issues as Clerks III, it’s just as unlikely that this reviewer will be persuaded to give Smith’s future work much, if any, attention.