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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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 334 – 2021 Golden Globe Nominees + Interview with The Swerve filmmaker Dean Kapsalis

OV334 – 2021 Golden Globe Nominees + Interview with The Swerve filmmaker Dean Kapsalis The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Ben and I share our thoughts on the 2021 Golden Globe nominations and chat with Dean Kapsalis, whose cerebral character-driven psychological thriller The Swerve is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 109 – OV B-Roll – “Teasing Out the Taffy” – Top 5 Favorite Songs, Motion City Soundtrack, Blink 182, The Wallflowers, Band of Horses, Barenaked Ladies, Eagle-Eye Cherry, and Fastball – Jan 28, 2021

Runtime: 1:42:54

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Ben’s Column: Palmer (2021) – Review

Palmer (2021)

Premise: An ex-convict strikes up a friendship with a boy from a troubled home.

Many elements of AppleTV+’s Palmer will probably seem familiar to many of its viewers, but the film still does offer some redeeming qualities. Fortunately, director Fisher Stevens imbues the film with enough heart, and fills the cast with capable actors from top to bottom, to get past any glaring issues. Stevens, primarily a documentarian behind the lens, makes the film feel like a real place, populated with real people, rather than mouthpieces trying to get an agenda across. Too often we take for granted that aspect of movie-making, and here it’s one more feather in Palmer‘s cap.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 333 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 6 – Yojimbo (1961) and Le Samourai (1967) – Tenet (2020), Dazed and Confused (1993), Alex Garland’s Men, and Master of None Season 3 Announced

OV333 – Ebert's Great Movies Part 6 – Yojimbo (1961) and Le Samourai (1967) – Tenet (2020), Dazed and Confused (1993), Alex Garland's Men, and Master of None Season 3 Announced The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Ben and I continue our journey through Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list with reviews of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961) and Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai (1967). We also discuss Tenet, Dazed and Confused, the latest news regarding Master of None season 3, and more.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 108 – OV B-Roll – “Julanuary 19th” – Last Movie of the Trump Administration, Pet Sematary and The Dead Zone, Books About Filmmakers – Jan 19, 2020

Runtime: 1:53:03

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 332 – 2020 Year in Review – Best Movies of the Year and Viewing Stats

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OV332 – 2020 Year in Review – Best Movies of the Year and Viewing Stats

2020 is finally over and we’re here with The Obsessive Viewer’s 2020 Year in Review episode! It’s our annual episode where Tiny, Mike, and myself share our movie viewing stats for the year and our top ten favorite movies lists. So join us as we bid adieu to the shit storm that was 2020 and hope for a better 2021.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 107 – OV B-Roll – “Wedgie Having, Candy-Free Nose Pickers” – VR Troopers, NYE 2020, New Line Etiquette, and Our Life Narrators – Jan 21, 2020

Runtime: 3:09:34

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Ben’s Column: Top 10 Movies of 2020

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):

  • Athlete A
  • Babyteeth
  • Bad Education
  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
  • Deerskin
  • Dick Johnson Is Dead
  • I Used to Go Here
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things
  • Let Them All Talk
  • Nomadland
  • The Nest
  • Palm Springs
  • Sound of Metal
  • Time
  • Undine
  • Yes, God, Yes
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Movie Review: The Lie (2020)

Premise: A father and daughter are on their way to dance camp when they spot the girl’s best friend on the side of the road. When they stop to offer the friend a ride, their good intentions soon result in terrible consequences.

Welcome to the Blumhouse. Based on a 2015 German film, Canadian thriller The Lie begins with Kayla (Joey King) killing her best friend Britney en route to a ballet retreat. Kayla’s father Jay (Peter Sarsgaard) decides to help cover up the crime and soon thereafter Kayla’s mother (and Jay’s ex-wife) Rebecca (Mireille Enos) is brought into the fold. Together the estranged family must protect Kayla from the authorities and Britney’s father (Cas Anvar), whose mounting frustration with the lack of answers as to the whereabouts of Britney becomes more and more threatening.
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