Monthly Archives: September 2013

Addressing the Allegations of Sexism in HBO’s The Newsroom

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I will be upfront here; I’m a bit out of my element with this post. I watched season 2 of The Newsroom in a vacuum, completely free from all internet chatter be it reviews or tweets. You can read my thoughts on the season itself in this week’s The Week in TV post. In this post, however, I would like to address something that surprised me.  Continue reading

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The Week in TV: Sept. 22nd-28th, 2013

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Here’s this week’s installment of everyone’s favorite feature: “The Obsessive Viewer’s Week in TV!” This week was a big one. As far as new episodes, we had the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, a plot building episode of Boardwalk Empire, plus the premieres of How I Met Your Mother, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Mindy Project.

In the Rewatches, Catch Ups and Independent Viewings category, I finally finished up season 2 of The Newsroom, made some great progress on the recently added to Netflix 2nd season of New Girl and an intensely timed rewatch of How I Met Your Mother’s 8th season.

I also decided against watching the Emmys and let my ridiculous new habit of weekly HBO blu-ray purchases get the better of me. Read on and let me know what you think. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: Open Water (2004)

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Release Date: August 20th, 2004

Director: Chris Kentis

Writer: Chris Kentis

Stars: Blanchard RyanDaniel TravisSaul Stein

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Belated Emmys Wrap Up

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I’m not big on award shows. I don’t like the self-congratulatory nature of them and I can’t stand the politics behind it. Having said that, I didn’t watch the Emmys. I thought about it, I even intended to watch them and livetweet them the next morning. But I didn’t bother. I’ll still share a few thoughts about them here, albeit several days later. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 18 – What Scares Us! All Hallow’s Eve, Mom and HIMYM

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Here it is, the first episode of the Fall 2013 season of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast. I referenced last week that we had an editing crisis that resulted in a late release. This week we almost had the same thing happen! Luckily it was salvageable and led to a new ep, bright and early for your listening pleasure.

This episode is our kick off to the most wonderful time of the year. That special month where we load up on horror movies and celebrate a genre of movies that has a little something for everyone. This week we discuss the movie tropes and horror subgenres that really creep us out.

It’s a great discussion. In honor of the episode and season, we want to know what scares you! Tell us about your relationship with horror and what movies or scenes get under your skin. You could get mentioned on the podcast (along with anything you may want us to promote)!

Also, check out PodcastLand.com for a very comprehensive collection of podcasts you can listen to. While you’re there, vote for us for Podcast of the Month! It would me a lot to us. Continue reading

OV’s Favorite How I Met Your Mother Episodes

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Tonight my pick for television’s most consistently funny sitcom begins its final season. The 9th season of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother will see vast changes to the storytelling structure of the show. The entire season will take place over one weekend with various jumps forwards and backwards in time. Adding to the changes, we now have the Mother cast and ready to win the hearts of the HIMYM fan base and Ted.

It’s going to be sad to see HIMYM take its final bow, but it’s also a time to celebrate. In honor of tonight’s premiere, I have compiled a list of my favorite HIMYM episodes. I was originally going to confine myself to a ten-episode list but after 8 seasons that is just impossible. Instead, I’ve chosen two episodes from each season to put into the pantheon of great sitcom episodes.

You can read my list below. It would have been far too difficult to rank these episodes, so for the sake of my sanity I’m presenting them in chronological order.

Let me know what episodes you would include and why in the comments below or on Twitter @ObsessiveViewer. You can also like the blog on Facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Continue reading

The Week in TV: Sept. 15th-21st, 2013

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This is the time of year when I get bogged down with all the series I follow. Some shows fall by the wayside while others get picked up if word of mouth or marketing is strong enough.  Obviously I can’t devote a post every week (like with Bates Motel or Under the Dome) to every show I watch. So here’s a weekly series I’m going to try my best to work on as the fall TV season unfolds. Continue reading

Trilogy Time: The Obsessive Viewer Team on the Star Wars Saga! [Obsessive Friends: Mike & Tiny]

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OBSESSIVE NOTE: Last weekend The Obsessive Viewer Podcast team met in Evansville, Indiana for one of our own’s Bachelor Party. The Bachelor Party included a private screening of the original Star Wars trilogy. It was a great experience and I asked Mike and Tiny to write up their thoughts on the weekend. Read our thoughts below and be sure to follow Mike and Tiny on Twitter at @IAmMikeWhite and @ObsessiveTiny.

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Streaming Saturday: How I Met Your Mother (2005-Present)

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I have a quick Streaming Saturday for you guys today. It’s one of my favorite sitcoms and on Monday it will begin its final season. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 17 – Christopher Nolan Retrospective Part 2 – 2005-1998

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After a long and stressful day, the latest episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast is finally available!

This is Part 2 of our 2-part Christopher Nolan Retrospective. Part 1 debuted last week and gave us some of our best feedback yet.

These episodes are special as they are edited in a very unique way. In an effort to honor Christopher Nolan we edited this podcast in reverse like Memento.

Check it out and let us know what you think. Continue reading

TV Review: Under the Dome – 113 – “Curtains”

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You can probably tell from the way I’ve been posting these Under the Dome reviews on Thursdays that I’ve been getting slightly burnt out on reviewing every episode. On that score, I’m a bit relieved to be churning out my final season 1 review for the CBS Summer series. This finale gave me some mixed emotions. You can read my thoughts below but be warned SPOILERS WITHIN

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 16 – Bonus Ep – Breaking Bad – The Final Episodes Part 2

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“My name is ObsessiveViewer, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

But don’t actually despair, because we have a new, bonus episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast for you to listen to today!

This is Part 2 of our trilogy of Breaking Bad bonus episodes. The series is in its final run of episodes and we’re paying careful and thorough tribute to it. This episode covers the 3 most recent episodes of Breaking Bad (Rabid Dog, To’hajiilee and Ozymandias).

Check it out below and let us know what you think! We also want to know how you feel about Breaking Bad! Share your thoughts, memories and favorite moments in the form below and we’ll share it in the next episode!

And don’t forget to download our first Breaking Bad bonus episode!
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Trailer Tuesday: True Detective (2014)

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Release Date: January 2014 [HBO drama series]

Creator: Nic Pizzolatto

Director: Cary Fukunaga

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

This week’s Trailer Tuesday just got very exciting! If you read my “Week in TV” breakdown yesterday, you probably gathered from my excitement over Boardwalk Empire’s premiere, my commitment to catching up on The Newsroom and my impulsive blu-ray purchases that I’ve got HBO on the brain.

It’s perfect timing too, considering I just saw the trailer for HBO’s new drama series True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Continue reading

The Week in TV: Sept. 8th–14th, 2013

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This is the time of year when I get bogged down with all the series I follow. Some shows fall by the wayside while others get picked up if word of mouth or marketing is strong enough.  Obviously I can’t devote a post every week (like with Bates Motel or Under the Dome) to every show I watch. So here’s a new weekly series I’m going to try my best to work on as the fall TV season unfolds.

I’m already off to a semi-bad start considering this was meant to go up Sunday. But I’ll try my best in the future to post these when I intend them to be posted.

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Streaming Saturday: Memento (2000)

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Release Date: September 5th, 2000 (Venice Film Festival)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Stars:  Guy PearceCarrie-Anne MossJoe Pantoliano

In honor of yesterday’s episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast, this week’s Streaming Saturday is the Chris Nolan mind bending noir film Memento. Before I get to talking about Memento, though, I want to briefly promote yesterday’s episode of the podcast. It was Part 1 of our 2-part episode discussing Christopher Nolan. I edited it “Memento-style” and it’s gotten a lot of positive feedback. So if you’re a Nolan fan, you should check it out and let me know what you think. Continue reading