Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Month in Movies: March 2014

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I am the worst. I waited until the last day of April to post my breakdown of March’s movie viewing habits. April was a busy month, though. We are far past the procrastination stages of getting our table prepared for Indy PopCon. So much of my month has been devoted to planning for that.

If you are in the Indianapolis area on the weekend of May 30th – June 1st, come see us. We’ll have a bunch of free stuff to give away and we’ll have multiple opportunities for you to chat with us on the podcast!

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 51 – Guilty Pleasure TV, Need for Speed, Kill Your Darlings and The Americans

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OV51 – Guilty Pleasure TV, Need for Speed, Kill Your Darlings and The Americans

This episode was recorded March 25th. The guys share some of their Guilty Pleasure TV shows. Shows discussed include a bevy of “reality” series as well as the likes of pro wrestling, Prison Break and Glee.

For Potpourri, the guys talk about Need For Speed, Oblivion, the trailer for God’s Not Dead, Kill Your Darlings and more.

There’s also a surprise appearance by Mike’s brother Kevin in a “deleted scene” from OV43, the Guilty Pleasure Movies episode.

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Finale Review: House of Cards – Season 2, Episode 13 – “Chapter 26”

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“I think I’ve proven I’m not your typical Vice President.”

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Chapter 26

Well, here we are. We’ve reached the end of season 2 of House of Cards and the end of my episode-by-episode reviews. I hope you enjoyed going through this season of the show with me. It’s been fun (and a bit tedious at times, to be honest) to bring you reviews of every episode. But I did it for you and for the sake of the “country” of Netflix users. One nation, Underwood.

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TV Review: Bates Motel – 208 – “Meltdown”

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You can read my review of every Bates Motel episode here!

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 50 – Religion in Movies, Godzilla Footage, The Raid 2 and Sorkin’s Apology

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OV50 – Religion in Movies, Godzilla Footage, The Raid 2 and Sorkin’s Apology

For our 50th episode we took a look at religion’s role in cinema. We covered God on Trial, The Passion of the Christ, Rosemary’s Baby, Ben-Hur, The Mist and several more movies. Not to mention, we also discussed recent religious releases Noah, God’s Not Dead and Heaven is For Real.

For this week’s Potpourri section, we debated the merit in watching leaked Godzilla footage, analyzed Aaron Sorkin’s apology for The Newsroom and, finally, we discussed the failures of The Raid 2.

Thank you for downloading our 50th episode! We’ve got some great stuff planned for our next 50. And the 50 after that.

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TV Review: House of Cards – Season 2, Episode 12 – “Chapter 25”

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“‘Cry havoc,’ said he who fought chaos with chaos, and let slip the dogs of war.” 

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Chapter 25

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TV Review: House of Cards – Season 2, Episode 11 – “Chapter 24”

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“Lie after lie. First to a prosecutor, then to a president. I feel exposed, like the skin where my ring used to be.”

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Chapter 24

We’re coming up on the end of the season now and some of the bigger pieces are starting to fall into place. Doug is getting closer to relapsing while Frank lies to a prosecutor and further manipulates a fatigued President Walker. Continue reading

TV Review: Bates Motel – 207 – “Presumed Innocent”

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You can read my review of every Bates Motel episode here!

How about that? For a change, I’m not posting this review on Monday, mere hours before the next episode airs. I’m kind of proud of that but that’s neither here nor there. Some big things happened this week that will usher in the end of the season in a few weeks. Read my thoughts below.

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TV Review: House of Cards – Season 2, Episode 10 – “Chapter 23”

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“It’s not beginning the story that I fear. It’s not knowing how it will end. Everyone is fair game now. Including me.”

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Chapter 23

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 49 – Captain America 2, 47 Ronin, Grand Budapest Hotel and The Returned

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OV49 – Captain America 2, 47 Ronin, Grand Budapest Hotel and The Returned

This week the guys gush over the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They discuss their favorite things about the movie and ponder the bigger picture of Phase 2 as a whole.

For Potpourri, Tiny offers up his criticisms of the Keanu Reeves flick 47 Ronin. Mike shares his thoughts on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. And Matt shares his acclaim for French mystery series The Returned.

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“42” Review – Hollywood’s Capable But Unfocused Look at Baseball History

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I would love to call baseball my favorite sport, if I were a sports enthusiast. Being that I’m an obsessive viewer of movies and TV, though, I don’t have the time to become a sports fan. It’s all well and good because I can live vicariously through one of my favorite genres of movies: the sports movie. Now that Spring has finally sprung (well, in theory; it’s snowing right now), I’ve made my yearly pledge that I’ll go to an Indianapolis Indians game, I decided to watch 42.

42 depicts the historical rookie season of Jackie Robinson, who became the first African American major league baseball player in 1947. Chadwick Boseman plays the famed baseball player while Harrison Ford tackles the supporting role of Dodgers manager Branch Rickey, the man who gave Robinson his start in the MLB. Continue reading

TV Review: Bates Motel – 206 – “Plunge”

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You can read my review of every Bates Motel episode here!

Before I get to my (late again) review, I want to mention that Bates Motel was officially renewed by A&E for a third season. As with the first two seasons, I’ll probably review each episode. For now, let’s get to this week’s review.

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TV Review: House of Cards – Season 2, Episode 9 – “Chapter 22”

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“The road to power is paved with hypocrisy…and casualties. Never regret.”

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Chapter 22

Chapter 22 (directed by Jodie Foster) takes the war between Frank and Tusk to personal levels. The Underwoods deal with scandal from an enemy unwilling to back down. Even when the couple deals with an aggressive offensive from Tusk, the billionaire still has more tricks up his sleeve. Continue reading

TV Review: House of Cards – Season 2, Episode 8 – “Chapter 21”

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“Dogs are so predictable, aren’t they?”

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Chapter 21

Chapter 21 proves that House of Cards knows how to handle a bridge episode. Despite nothing truly substantial happening in this installment, the show still managed to create an engaging episode that promises to yield dividends in the coming episodes.  Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 48 – Gap Movies Part II

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This week we’re giving you a special 2-part episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast! For this episode, we each chose a movie we haven’t seen yet but the other two have. Mike chose 2001: A Space Odyssey, Tiny chose A Nightmare on Elm Street and I picked The Karate Kid.

In part one, we tell why we haven’t seen our gap movies and share our expectations for when we see it.

Part two was recorded 3 weeks later and includes our reviews of our gap movies. We hope you like it.

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