The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 345 – A Quiet Place Part II (2021) & Cruella (2021) – Indy Film Fest 2021, Inspector Ike, All Alone in April, The Catch, and Ben’s First Press Screening

OV345 – A Quiet Place Part II (2021) & Cruella (2021) – Indy Film Fest 2021, Inspector Ike, All Alone in April, The Catch, and Ben’s First Press Screening The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Ben and I review A Quiet Place Part II and Cruella. We also talk about Ben’s first press screening experience and our thoughts on this year’s Indy Film Fest.

Runtime: 1:55:06

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Ben’s Column: Cruella (2021) – Review

Premise: A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil.

How refreshing is it to finally see a Disney live-action film with some real style to it? Far too often with their live-action remakes, the end result works as an adaptation, but fails to make a convincing argument for its own existence. Beauty and the Beast looked great but was essentially a beat-for-beat remake of the animated classic. The same goes for The Lion King and Mulan. This time around, Disney had the good sense to forego the same route with 101 Dalmatians and explore an origin story by focusing on that film’s memorable villain.

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Movie Review: Army of the Dead (2021)

Premise: Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
 

Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead can be seen as a homecoming of sorts for the filmmaker. After years of dark and gloomy comic book adaptations (from a moody Man of Steel to a CrossFit Batman), Snyder’s latest film is his first original IP and non-superhero film since Sucker Punch in 2011. It’s also his second ever zombie apocalypse movie since his directorial debut, Dawn of the Dead in 2004. But even the good-will gained from the surprisingly refreshing Snyder Cut of Justice League earlier this year (and the noticeable absence of a lot of Snyder’s more distracting director traits), Army of the Dead still falls short of what it could have been.
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Ben’s Column: Army of the Dead (2021) – Review

Premise: Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

A zombie Siberian tiger. An undead corpse’s microwaved hand. A needle-drop of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” Sean Spicer. All of this – and so much more – are part of the lunacy and silliness that we have to look forward to with writer-director Zack Snyder’s newest film Army of the Dead. A master of opening credit sequences, Snyder includes a moment with a paratrooper dropping into a horde of zombies, where the parachute envelopes the screen, splattered with blood. The image is undoubtedly striking, but try to parse out the logic of the sequence, and your head will surely explode. Much like Snyder’s earlier 2021 release, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and the majority of his filmography, the film continues to establish the director’s legacy of creating memorable images that reveal themselves to be fairly hollow upon further scrutiny.

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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: Zack 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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