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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 56 – One Night Party Movies, Godzilla and That Awkward Moment

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OV56 – One Night Party Movies, Godzilla and That Awkward Moment

In this episode, the guys examine the genre of (mostly teen) party movies that take place over one night. Matt has formulated a theory about these movies and how they reflect life as a teen in the decade the movie depicts. 6 movies are covered, depicting 6 decades.

Also in the episode, Mike disliked Godzilla. Tiny recommends a documentary about polygamist Mormons. And Matt gets under Mike’s skin with a proclamation about Star Wars before declaring his love for romcom That Awkward Moment.

Runtime: 2:01:44

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The Month in Movies: April 2014

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April was a surprisingly disappointing month. Maybe this is becoming the norm for me? I can’t account for why I’ve watched so few movies or why I feel like I should shoot for a minimum of 30 a month, apparently. Luckily I managed to spend considerably less money than usual. So that’s something.

  • Total Viewings: 16
  • First Viewings: 8
  • Theater Viewings: 3
  • Money Spent on Movies/TV: $63.47 

Click here for a chronological list of the movies I watched in April.

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X-Men Franchise Reviews Part VII – X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Before I start the final review of this series, I want to reiterate that I am not terribly informed when it comes to the greater mythos of the X-Men comic book universe. With regret, my only experience with X-Men outside of the movies has been the animated series from when I was a kid in the 90s.

When I think about the cartoon, I remember being really drawn to the Sentinels. I thought they were a very cool and frightening enemy for the X-Men. You can imagine my disappointment when, in 6 movies, all we’ve got in terms of Sentinels is one brief appearance in a simulation at the beginning of The Last Stand. It didn’t make it into my review of the movie, but it bothered me that a Sentinel could exist in a simulation when they don’t exist in the “real world” of the movies yet. Continue reading

X-Men Franchise Review Part VI – The Wolverine (2013)

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This was my first time watching last year’s The Wolverine. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was directed by James Mangold. He directed one of my favorite westerns, 2007’s remake of 3:10 to Yuma. With that in mind and knowing this was a Wolverine movie without the word “Origins” in the title, I went in with some pretty high hopes. Continue reading

X-Men Franchise Review Part V – X-Men: First Class (2011)

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I had seen X-Men: First Class once before. I was really tired and the disc was damaged so I couldn’t finish it properly until the next day. When I finished it, I felt like it was good. In fact, I thought it was really good. For whatever reason, I didn’t get quite as swept up in the fervor surrounding it that first go around.

Now that I’ve seen it again, this time properly and within the context of the franchise as a whole, I freaking loved it! I rescind my remark from my X2 review wherein I said I “have a hard time choosing between X2 and First Class when choosing which title is my favorite of the X-Men franchise.”  After a second viewing of First Class, it is unequivocally my favorite movie of the franchise thus far.  Continue reading

X-Men Franchise Review Part IV – X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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Oh boy. Now it’s time to review X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This was my first time seeing this movie. I was so scarred by The Last Stand that I took a sabbatical from the franchise. Even if I hadn’t, the overwhelmingly negative word of mouth that this movie received didn’t exactly sway me into a seat at the theater. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 55 – Car Movies – Days of Thunder, Fast Five, Drive, Vanishing Point

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OV55 – Car Movies – Days of Thunder, Fast Five, Drive, Vanishing Point

In anticipation of the local (to Matt and Tiny) running of the Indianapolis 500, the guys take a look at the vast cinema showroom of Car Movies.

In the episode, Tiny offers up Days of Thunder, Christine and Ronin for discussion. Mike talks about his feelings toward Drive, the Fast & Furious franchise and Talladega Nights. Finally, Matt shares his feelings toward Vanishing Point, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Love the Beast and The Dukes of Hazzard.

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X-Men Franchise Review Part III – X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

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After X2‘s release in 2003 I was really looking forward to this movie. It was one of my most anticipated movies ever until Bryan Singer decided to make Superman Returns instead. The announcement that Brett Ratner would take over directing X3 only crushed my spirits more. I had little faith in Ratner and didn’t even bother seeing the movie for a year or two after its release. The same goes for Superman Returns.

When I finally sat down to watch these movies, though, I went into them hoping I’d at least get a cool Superman movie out of the deal and that maybe Ratner would surprise me. I didn’t and he didn’t. I’ll save my thoughts on Superman Returns for another day but where X-Men: The Last Stand is concerned, I don’t know if I should attribute its many failings to the curse of the threequel or the curse of Brett Ratner. Which, of course, is just the career of Brett Ratner. Continue reading

X-Men Franchise Review Part II – X2: X-Men United (2003)

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As of this writing out of the X-Men franchise’s 6 movies, I haven’t seen The Wolverine or X-Men Origins. Of the remaining 4 movies, however, I have a hard time choosing between X2 and First Class when choosing which title is my favorite of the franchise.

X2: X-Men United was a marked improvement over the first movie in nearly every category. The special effects are much better and the story feels more personal (at least to Wolverine) and less like a comic book super villain plot.

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X-Men Franchise Review Part I – X-Men (2000)

You know what happens when an Obsessive Viewer watches X-Men? The same thing that happens to everyone else…uh, he watches X-Men.

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This review (and all subsequent X-Men reviews) comes from someone who isn’t terribly familiar with the greater X-Men comic book mythology. My knowledge of X-Men prior to the first movie was gleaned from a few viewings of a cartoon in the 90s and hours of arguing with friends over who we’d play as before the street lights came on and our parents called us home for dinner.

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Finale Review: Bates Motel – 210 – “The Immutable Truth”

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Last week Bates Motel closed the book on its second season in a character development-laden finale that proved me wrong on nearly all of my predictions. That’s not to say The Immutable Truth was a disappointment, though. Hardly. In fact, season 2 of Bates Motel closed on a note of promise for some of the key players and on an ever so heightened sense of foreboding for our main character.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 54 – Nostalgia TV, Comedy Bang Bang and Halloween 3 News

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OV54 – Nostalgia TV, Comedy Bang Bang and Halloween 3 News

This week the guys dig deep to share their most nostalgic television titles. Matt awkwardly shares his affection for the CHiPs theme music, while Mike and Tiny share their love of All That and Goosebumps, respectively.

For Potpourri, Mike breaks the good news that Halloween 3 is in the works. Tiny implores Matt to indulge his love of rom-coms and watch I Give it a Year. Matt gives high praise to Scott Aukerman and Comedy Bang Bang (both the show and the podcast).

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 53 – Bonus Ep – House of Cards Seasons 1 and 2

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OV53 – Bonus Ep – House of Cards Seasons 1 and 2

In this special bonus episode of the podcast, Matt and Tiny sit down with their friend Greg Lenz from We Are Libertarians (and OV1) to discuss Netflix’s political drama House of Cards.

No “stone to the face” is left unturned as we breakdown the first two seasons of Netflix’s incredible flagship series and chart the character arc of Francis Underwood and the people around him in the show.

Looking for an OV drinking game? Take a shot every time we say “diabolical” and let us know what happens.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 52 – Summer Blockbusters, Star Wars Casting, and Spider-Man Review

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OV52 – Summer Blockbusters, Star Wars Casting, and Spider-Man Review

This week the guys usher in the Summer movie season with a discussion about Summer Blockbusters. Mike shares how movies influenced his life-changing summer of 1999. Tiny shares his creepy affection for Will Smith. And Matt pays homage to a couple Spielberg classics before disrespecting them with a defense of Transformers.

For Potpourri, Tiny talks about the latest Star Wars Episode VII news. Mike shares his thoughts on Oculus and Matt shares his disappointment with Transcendence.

BONUS! There’s a special bonus Amazing Spider-Man 2 review after the Potpourri section. It’s spoiler-free, for your listening pleasure! Enjoy. Continue reading

Mike’s Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had plenty going against it before it opened last Friday, May 2nd. (Early showings started around 8 on Thursday.) Early reviews were lukewarm at best. Rumors of too many villains bogging down the film were strong, and incessant trailers and TV spots seemed to leave very few surprises. More than anything, ASM 2 absolutely needed to improve upon director Marc Webb’s first Spidey outing, 2012’s even-less-than-lukewarm reboot. Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t need to be amazing (it’s not,) it simply needed to be better (it is.) Continue reading