Monthly Archives: October 2015

HIFF2015: Movie Review – Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)

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  • Documentary Feature / USA
  • Directors: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen
  • Featured Subjects: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb, Angela Rodriguez

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made tells the story of three kids in 1982 who set out to create a shot for shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark in Mississippi. The project lasted seven years and all that was left to film was one crucial scene. Now over thirty years later, the men have reunited to complete their remake of Steven Spielberg’s iconic movie.

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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Romeo is Bleeding (2015)

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  • Documentary Feature / Festival Award Winner / USA
  • Director: Jason Zeldes
  • Featured Subjects: Donté Clark, D’neise Robinson, Molly Raynor, Deandre Evans

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

In Richmond, California there’s a feud raging in the streets. Central Richmond and unincorporated North Richmond have been at war for so long that no one is sure exactly when or why the violence started. It’s in this world that we’re introduced to Donté Clark, a poet from Richmond who uses his passion to bring people together against the violence in his community. Continue reading

HIFF2015: Movie Review – The Truth About Lies (2014)

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Narrative Feature / USA
Director: Phil Allocco
Writer: Phil Allocco

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

The Truth About Lies is a comedy about liars, love, and what happens when people believe what you project about yourself. After losing his job, apartment, and girlfriend on the same day, perpetually immature Gilby lies his way into a temporary position in a company headed by his best friend’s brother-in-law. Things get more complicated when Gilby gets close to his best friend’s sister/his boss’ wife, Rachel.
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HIFF2015: Movie Review – The Big Lonely (2014)

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  • Documentary Feature / USA
  • Director: David Manougian
  • Featured Subject: Michael Nelms

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

The Big Lonely opens with a statement saying it is a documentary shot entirely by its main character with no production crew present. As the film’s subject Michael Nelms sets a fire, the viewer is instantly immersed into this story of a man isolated and alone in the wilderness for almost a decade.

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HIFF2015: Shorts Program 7 – Art Appreciation

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This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

Art Appreciation was the first shorts block I got to see at Heartland this year. It was a collection of 6 short documentary films all centered around artists with unique projects. Here is my breakdown of each short in the program. Continue reading

HIFF2015: Movie Review – dream/killer (2015)

DreamKiller

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  • Documentary Feature / USA
  • Director: Andrew Jenks

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

On Halloween night 2001, a sports editor for the Columbia Tribune in Columbia, Missouri was murdered. The crime went unsolved for over two years, until Charles Erickson told police he didn’t remember the night of the murder but he thought he may have been involved. He implicated Ryan Ferguson, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Dream/Killer documents Ryan’s father Bill Ferguson’s nearly decade-long fight to get his son freed.  Continue reading

HIFF2015: Movie Review – Peace Officer (2015)

Peace Officer

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  • Documentary Feature / USA
  • Directors: Scott Christopherson, Brandon Barber

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

Peace Officer is a powerful documentary examining the escalating militarization of police forces that’s been an increasing fixture in the US since the 1960s. The documentary is framed through the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff in Utah whose son-in-law was shot and killed by SWAT officers following a standoff in 2008. The event spurred Dub (who established his county’s first SWAT team while he was sheriff) into an investigation of his own and eventually leading him to confront the hard truth about the state of law enforcement today. Continue reading

HIFF2015: Movie Review – The 33 (2015)

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  • Narrative Feature / Special Presentation / USA
  • Director: Patricia Riggen
  • Writers: Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten, Jose Rivera, Michael Thomas, Hector Tobar

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

Patricia Riggen‘s The 33 recounts the harrowing 2010 story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days in the San José Mine in the Atacama Desert near Copiapó, Chile. The film spends equal time between the turmoil within the mine and the efforts above ground to rescue the miners.   Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 133 – Sci-Fright Frenzy at the Artcraft, Netflix Picks (The Source Family and The Crow), The Walking Dead, and New Fall TV

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OV133 – Sci-Fright Frenzy at the Artcraft, Netflix Picks (The Source Family and The Crow), The Walking Dead, and New Fall TV

This week Tiny and I share our thoughts on a couple of random picks from our Netflix lists. Tiny’s pick was The Source Family, a documentary about a hippy cult in the ‘60s. My pick was The Crow, the notorious supernatural revenge movie.

For potpourri, Tiny talks up The Walking Dead premiere while I talk about some new Fall TV shows I sampled. Before all of that however, I gush about my experience at the Artcraft Theatre’s Sci-Fright Frenzy marathon in Franklin, Indiana. Continue reading

Historic Artcraft Theatre – Franklin, Indiana – Sci-Fright Frenzy – Seven Tales of Science Fiction Horror

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Last weekend I had one of the most uniquely satisfying theater-going experiences of my life. The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Indiana was hosting a two-day film fest featuring seven science fiction horror films. With two films screening Friday night and the other five screening Saturday, it was the perfect opportunity for me to become acquainted with the theater.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 132 – The Martian, Sicario, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, The Den, and Returning Fall Television (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

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OV132 – The Martian, Sicario, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, The Den, and Returning Fall Television (Guest: Robert Fekkes)

This week Tiny and I welcome our friend Robert Fekkes back for his 6th appearance on the podcast! This time, we talked about Ridley Scott’s latest film The Martian. In potpourri, we discuss Sicario, the lackluster Age of Ultron Blu-ray release, the fall TV season, Better Call Saul season 1, and horror movie The Den. Continue reading

Movie Review: Sicario (2015)

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In Denis Villeneuve‘s latest movie Sicario, Emily Blunt plays Kate, an idealistic FBI agent recruited to an interagency task force working to take down a drug cartel on the US/Mexico border. As the task force moves closer to the objective, Kate begins to question the tactics they use and her purpose within the unit. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 131 – Special Ep – What’s Eating Dad? – Writer/Director Michael Goldburg and Producer Dave Chan

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OV131 – Special Ep – What’s Eating Dad? – Writer/Director Michael Goldburg and Producer Dave Chan

In this special episode of the podcast, Tiny and I chat with Michael Goldburg and Dave Chan, the men behind comedy/horror short film What’s Eating Dad?, which will be the opening short for our Shocktober in Irvington event on October 16th. In the episode, the guys tell us about the Film Festival circuit, behind the scenes info about the short, and their upcoming con-man comedy feature Sure-Fire. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Martian (2015)

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Only a few years after Prometheus marked Ridley Scott‘s return to the sci-fi space genre, he’s back with an adaptation of Andy Weir’s breakout hard sci-fi novel The Martian (read my review on Obsessive Book Nerd here). The Martian takes a realistic look at survival on our barren celestial neighbor and showcases what humanity can accomplish when unified toward a common goal.

After an unexpected storm forces the abort of a manned Mars mission, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) finds himself stranded on the red planet. Faced with overwhelming odds, Watney must use his wits and science to survive on the planet long enough to be rescued. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 130 – Mad Max: Fury Road, The Visit, The Mysteries of Laura, Pitch Perfect 2, and Tiny Quits The Bastard Executioner

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OV130 – Mad Max: Fury Road, The Visit, The Mysteries of Laura, Pitch Perfect 2, and Tiny Quits The Bastard Executioner

Despite planning to take a week off, we recorded an impromptu episode reviewing Mad Max: Fury Road. In Potpourri we discuss The Visit, The Mysteries of Laura, Pitch Perfect 2, and The Bastard Executioner. Continue reading