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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 354 – Midnight Mass – Guest: Kim C. (The Year of Underrated Stephen King Podcast)

In this episode, I welcome my friend Kim C from The Year of Underrated Stephen King Podcast onto the show to chat about the magic of Mike Flanagan and his latest limited series, Midnight Mass.

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Movie Review: Dune (2021)

Frank Herbert’s Dune is a highly respected work of science fiction that’s influenced storytellers for decades. The novel tells the story of Paul Atreidis, a young man who has visions of his destiny while his present is rife with conflict and danger as his House arrives at the nearly inhospitable planet Arakkis so they can assume control over the planet’s Spice (a hallucinogenic substance needed for interstellar travel) production for the Empire.

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HIFF2021: Ben’s Column – Mass (2021)

One of the best movies of the year, which never forgets to put the characters’ difficult emotions first.

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HIFF2021: Ben’s Column – Esluna: The Crown of Babylon (2021)

The rare independent animated film that wears its influences on its sleeves.

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HIFF2021: Ben’s Column – Interview with “Disfluency” Writer/Director Anna Baumgarten

An interview with writer/director Anna Baumgarten on her debut feature.

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Ben’s Column: Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 12: “Inverting the Pyramid of Success” – Review

Season two comes to an end, with hope for the future but frustration for the present.

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Ben’s Column: Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 11: “Midnight Train to Royston” – Review

Introduces new conflicts for the finale, and brings long-simmering conflicts from throughout the season to a head.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 352 – Malignant (2021) – 30th Heartland Film Festival Announcements and Heartland Horror – Guest: Sam Watermeier (Midwest Film Journal)

In this episode, I welcome my friend and colleague from the Indiana Film Journalists Association, Sam Watermeier to the show to discuss James Wan’s latest film, Malignant in all its crazy glory. We also discuss the upcoming Heartland Film Festival, Sam’s involvement with the Heartland Horror category, and some recent movies he’s seen.

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Movie Review: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) – Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films 6

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster sets an intriguing pace from the start and carries the human side of the plot through the majority of its runtime. Despite holding back on introducing the titular monster until nearly the end of the film, Ghidorah still manages to be engaging by focusing on the human story without devolving into melodrama like films before it.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 351 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 10 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Solaris (1972), and Dog Day Afternoon (1975) – The Matrix Resurrections Trailer, and RIP Michael K Williams

In this episode, Tiny, Ben, and I continue our journey through Roger Ebert’s Great Movies List. In this installment, we discuss Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon. We also pay tribute to Michael K Williams, discuss the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, and share our thoughts on the latest Christopher Nolan news.

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Movie Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings brings the MCU’s first Asian superhero to the screen in a film that dazzles with elaborate set pieces and an energetic buddy energy between leads Simu Liu and Awkwafina. With impressive visual effects in its third act, Shang-Chi is certainly one of the MCU’s best looking films to date (outside of the colorful and vibrate Guardians of the Galaxy films). But even with fantastic action and visual effects, the film suffers a bit from origin story issues and, specifically, its handling of important exposition through inconsistent and repetitive flashbacks.