Monthly Archives: June 2013

Streaming Saturday: Everybody’s Fine (2009)

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Director: Kirk Jones

Writers: Kirk Jones

Stars: Robert De NiroDrew BarrymoreKate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell
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Bond 50: Part IV – Diamonds Are Forever (1971) & Live and Let Die (1973)

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I’m finally back into the swing of reviewing my Bond box set. I feared for a minute that I would go all of June without posting an installment in my 12-part Blu-Ray review of the Bond 50th Anniversary Set. But I made it, here in the eleventh hour.

Let me know what you think of these two entries in the franchise by commenting below. You can also follow me on Twitter @ObsessiveViewer and like The Obsessive Viewer on Facebook. For good measure, check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast and subscribe to it on iTunes. Now that that’s out of the way, here’s Part IV… Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 2 – Our Controversial Opinions, “Under the Dome” and “This is 40”

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Episode 2 – Our Controversial Opinions, “Under the Dome” and “This is 40”

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“Matt and Tiny discuss the Under the Dome premiere, deconstruct the Apatow method and talk about where their opinions differ from the masses. Tiny also shares how he discovered Star Wars and Matt ponders the changing landscape of TV audiences. SPOILER NOTE: At 13:17 – 14:00 Matt spoils a plot from season 3 of Arrested Development.” Continue reading

On Her Majesty’s Dumpster Service: How “The East” Broke the Mold [Obsessive Friends: Tiny]

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There’s something surprisingly endearing about watching the beautiful Brit Marling take a bite out of a half-eaten apple she just pulled out of the trash. I found myself pondering these strange occurrences throughout The East. I’m guessing most of the audience felt the same way, and I’m also guessing the filmmakers are happy about that. I’m not sure I’ve ever really seen a movie like The East; which I mean in the most complimentary of ways.  Continue reading

TV Review: Under the Dome – 101 – “Pilot”

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I am going to make a conscious effort not to compare the series to Stephen King’s novel. I might do something at the end of the season, but I’ll make that decision when the time comes. For now, you can read my thoughts on the novel and the series in the lead up to the premiere on the Stephen King Week page. You can also hear my thoughts on some of the changes the show made on this week’s episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast (which releases on Friday). Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)

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Release Date: December 20th, 2013

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Will FerrellAdam McKay

Stars: Will FerrellPaul RuddDavid KoechnerSteve Carell Continue reading

What I Want from the Under the Dome TV Series

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I finished reading Under the Dome last week. I haven’t read much about the show, for fear of spoilers, but I did read the character bios. Dome Day is tomorrow and today I’d like to share some thoughts on what I hope will be included in (and excluded from) the novel. Read on for my vision for Under the Dome as a television series.
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Streaming Saturday: Children of the Corn (1984)

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Director: Fritz Kiersch

Writers: George GoldsmithStephen King (short story)

Stars: Peter HortonLinda HamiltonJohn FranklinCourtney Gains

I wanted to make the original Carrie my Stephen King Week streaming pick of the week. But sleep deprivation got the best of me this week and I didn’t finish the book in time to rewatch the movie. Besides, I already devoted my Trailer Tuesday post to the remake.

So I settled for Children of the Corn. Continue reading

Adaptations & Remakes: The Shining

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Today has been a big day for The Obsessive Viewer. First the podcast and now I’m introducing a new series of posts.

Adaptations & Remakes will be an ongoing feature where I take a movie or a book and compare it to its remake or adaptation (or sometimes, as you’ll see here, both). Each post will follow the same basic format. I’ll start by talking about the general plot then move onto the original work. Then, before I discuss the remake, I’ll share my thoughts on how I would adapt and/or remake it.

This being Stephen King Week, I would be remiss not to make The Shining my first Remakes & Adaptations subject. Stephen King’s terrifying novel about a family at the mercy of a haunted hotel spawned a horror movie classic and a miniseries King himself wrote. It’s a trifecta of terror and you can read my analysis of below.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 1 – Dawson’s Creek, Fringe and Politics in Television

So here we are, the very first episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast!

“In the premiere episode, Matt and Tiny (joined by guest host Greg) discuss Dawson Leery’s hidden psychotic tendencies, John Noble’s brilliance on Fringe and the nature of politics in television. The guys are also faced with an impossible choice.”

Please bear with me as I work out the kinks of this podcasting thing. Below you’ll find the premiere episode. You can click the link to listen to the episode directly or simply right click and click “Save As” to download the podcast. I’ll get it onto iTunes soon and then hopefully things will run smoothly from there.

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Could Under the Dome Be the Next Lost?

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First and foremost, I admit this is a ridiculous claim and I am being slightly facetious when I make premature comparisons to Lost with a series I haven’t watched yet. Besides, Lost had so many contributing factors tied to its success, that it would be difficult, maybe impossible, for network television to have a serialized show capture the hearts, minds and imaginations of so many viewers and “armchair showrunners.” Continue reading

The Path of The Beam – Adapting The Dark Tower for the Screen [Obsessive Friends: Tiny]

OBSESSIVE NOTE: Tiny and I are huge fans of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. When I came up with the idea for a Stephen King Week on the blog, I remembered all of the conversations he and I have had over the years about how The Dark Tower should be adapted. Seriously, several full days of our lives have been spent discussing King’s magnum opus.

So I asked him to write his ideas down for the blog. What I got was a massive and intricately detailed manifesto about his vision for the series we love so much. So, in honor of Dark Tower Day today, here is how Tiny would adapt the series. You can read mine here: Ka is a Wheel – How I Would Adapt The Dark Tower

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Much like Roland of Gilead, The Tower has affected my mind. I should say, Roland was plagued, consumed, held prisoner by The Tower.  There was no aspect of his existence that The Tower did not corrupt. All I did was read his story. Now I think about him every day.  His journey, his torment, his world, his friends, his enemies, his love, his suffering. From Roland’s first days in Mid-World to the final chapter of his journey he is put through a gauntlet of hardships. The emotional distress alone would crush most people, but Roland perseveres. There is, arguably, no other character in all of literature more tragic. Continue reading

Ka is a Wheel – How I Would Adapt The Dark Tower

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I’ve kept a detailed outline of how I would adapt Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, since I started reading the second book. Around the time I finished the third book, I started day dreaming about what kind of Dark Tower tattoo I would get. I have no interest in getting a tattoo. But there’s something about this particular Stephen King work that speaks to me on a deeper level than anything else he’s written.

For those unfamiliar with The Dark Tower, it’s a multi-book fantasy/western/horror hybrid about Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger remaining in a world that’s “moved on.” He’s a tortured soul who’s consumed by a quest to reach a mythical “Dark Tower” that stands as the nexus of time and space. It connects all of existence and it’s in danger. Roland must journey to the Tower to save his world and all others.

When I read something, my mind instinctively works out how it would fit on the screen (be it large or small). I’m a purest when it comes to adapting things. Maybe it’s because I enjoy writing and, on a subconscious level, I feel like things need to stay as is when being converted to a different format. Regardless, I often have a clear image of what I want to see in an adaptation.

The Dark Tower is no different. Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: Carrie (2013)

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Release Date: October 18th, 2013 

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Writers: Roberto Aguirre-SacasaStephen King (novel)

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The Dos and Don’ts of Adapting Stephen King

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Today I’m kicking off what I’m calling “Stephen King Week” here at the Obsessive Viewer blog. Each day this week I’ll be posting something Stephen King related as I eagerly count the days until the series premiere of Under the Dome.

We’re now seven days away from “Dome Day” and it’s got me reflecting on why I enjoy Stephen King so much. Admittedly, he has a bit of an issue with ending his stories. I won’t dispute that for a moment. I’m okay with it, though. I don’t believe an ending should make or break a story.  When I finished The Dark Tower series, I didn’t obsess over the last 50 pages. I sat back and marveled at the 13 month, 3,946 page long journey I had just completed.

It’s why I love television. You can follow a series like a long novel and, if it’s handled properly, your reward will be years of character development and a mental, emotional bond with entirely fictional characters. That’s precisely why I am looking forward to Under the Dome‘s TV adaptation. I have that special twinge of caution that comes with the anticipation of any new series, sure. But for the most part, I’m very excited about it. Continue reading