Monthly Archives: June 2020

Movie Review: Irresistible (2020)

Irresistible (2020)

Premise: A Democratic strategist helps a retired veteran run for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town.

By transposing a high stakes political arena onto a small town rural America setting, Jon Stewart’s Irresistible takes a relatively low key approach to its ribbing of the world of campaign finance. It is not simply a “fish out of water” story. Nor does it attempt to romanticize the quaint small town it occupies. Instead, Stewart uses this juxtaposition to call attention to the absurdity of campaign fundraising in a fairly unique manner. And although the approach is surprisingly refreshing in this era of fourth wall breaking Adam McKay political and socio-economic commentary films, Irresistible falters a bit on the road to its message.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 318 – The Vast of Night & The King of Staten Island – Da 5 Bloods, The Wrong Missy, and AMC Theaters’ Reopening Plans – Guest: Ben Sears

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OV318 – The Vast of Night & The King of Staten Island – Da 5 Bloods, The Wrong Missy, and AMC Theaters’ Reopening Plans – Guest: Ben Sears

This week, our contributor and friend Ben joins me to review the retro sci-fi film, The Vast of Night and the new Judd Apatow film The King of Staten Island. We also talk about drive-in movies and AMC’s plans to reopen. For Potpourri, we discuss the Netflix films Da 5 Bloods and The Wrong Missy.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 074 – OV B-Roll – “Matt & Ben’s Three-Way” – Streaming Downloads, HBOMax Offerings, Another Movie and Meal Hypothetical – June 18, 2020

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Ben’s Column: Da 5 Bloods (2020) Movie Review

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Premise: Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide. Continue reading

Movie Review: 7500 (2020)

7500 (2020)

Premise: A pilot’s aircraft is hijacked by terrorists.

Patrick Vollrath’s 7500 is a tense and claustrophobic thriller about an airplane hijacking and the pilot’s efforts to keep control and guide the passengers to safety. Taking place almost entirely within the cockpit, 7500 quickly becomes a showcase of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ability to command the screen with an intense and introspective performance. It is also an exercise in low-budget filmmaking and storytelling that utilizes limited set space.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 317 – Becky (2020) & Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street – Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience, and Scott Pilgrim

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OV317 – Becky (2020) & Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street – Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience, and Scott Pilgrim

This week, Mike joins me to review the new thriller on VOD, Becky and the Shudder exclusive documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 070 – OV B-Roll – “Goopy Lovefest” – Behind the Podcast Curtains, Dream Me-Time Double Features, That 70’s Show, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – June 11, 2020

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Ben’s Column: Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Movie Review

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020)

Premise: A look at the final moments of a Las Vegas dive bar called ‘The Roaring 20s’.

Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name,

And they’re always glad you came;

You want to be where you can see,

Our troubles are all the same;

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Movie Review: The Invisible Man Returns (1940) – Universal Classic Monsters 9

The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Premise: The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

Nine years after Dr. John Griffin’s invisible rampage depicted in 1933’s The Invisible Man, his brother, Dr. Frank Griffin (John Sutton), helps his friend escape the gallows with an experimental drug that turns him invisible. Once Geoffrey Radcliffe (Vincent Price) escapes, he sets off to find the person who murdered his brother while he waits for Frank to develop an antidote for the invisibility. The Invisible Man Returns is noteworthy for the improvements to the visual effects that nine years afforded the production.
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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 316 – cOVid-19 Film Festival Day 74 (Netflix Spotlight) – The Lovebirds and Community Seasons 2-5

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OV316 – cOVid-19 Film Festival Day 74 (Netflix Spotlight) – The Lovebirds and Community Seasons 2-5

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kyrsten joins me to talk about Community Seasons 2-5 and for a feature review of The Lovebirds, both are currently available to stream on Netflix.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 068 – OV B-Roll – “Front Ponytails” – Avatar: The Last Airbender, Encino Man Meets Captain Planet, Space Force, and Tenet – May 29, 2020

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