Author Archives: Matt Hurt

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 344 – Extended Potpourri – Mike’s Kickstarter, Nomadland, Nobody, Together Together, Venom 2 Trailer, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, The Conjuring 3

OV344 – Extended Potpourri – Mike's Kickstarter, Nomadland, Nobody, Together Together, Venom 2 Trailer, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, The Conjuring 3 The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Mike and I catch up and share stories about returning to the theater post vaccine, as well as our thoughts on Nomadland, and Together Together. We also discuss trailers for Spiral: From the Book of Saw, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

Runtime: 1:45:21

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 343 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 8 – The Circus (1928), The Searchers (1956), and Paths of Glory (1957) – The Last Dance, Small Axe, and Indy Film Fest 2021: Welcome to Monterey (2021), and Comedy Shorts Block

OV343 – Ebert's Great Movies Part 8 – The Circus (1928), The Searchers (1956), and Paths of Glory (1957) – The Last Dance, Small Axe, and Indy Film Fest 2021: Welcome to Monterey (2021), and Comedy Shorts Block The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Ben, Tiny, and I continue our series reviewing the films from Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list. In this edition, we cover Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus, John Ford’s The Searchers, and Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory.

Runtime: 2:19:12

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 342 – Bonus Ep – Mortal Kombat (2021)

In this “parking lot special” bonus episode, Tiny and I record our immediate thoughts on the new Mortal Kombat movie moments after seeing it together in the theater after a stretch of 491 days of not seeing a movie in the theater together.

Runtime: 32:42

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 341 – Q: Into the Storm (2021) – Shang-Chi Trailer, Voyagers, Infinite Train, Invincible, Promising Young Woman, and Matt Returns to the Theater

OV341 – Q: Into the Storm (2021) – Shang-Chi Trailer, Voyagers, Infinite Train, Invincible, Promising Young Woman, and Matt Returns to the Theater The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Tiny, Ben, and I review Q: Into the Storm. We also discuss the new Shang-Chi trailer, my return to the movie theater, and round out the episode with a potpourri section in which we talk about Voyagers, Promising Young Woman, Infinite Train, and Invincible.

Runtime: 2:04:11

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 340 – Godzilla vs Kong (2021) & Shiva Baby (2021) – The Father (2020), The Little Things (2021), and Superstore

OV340 – Godzilla vs Kong (2021) & Shiva Baby (2021) – The Father (2020), The Little Things (2021), and Superstore The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Tiny, Ben, and I review Shiva Baby and Godzilla vs Kong. We also discuss the big Knives Out sequel news and round out the episode with a potpourri section in which we talk about The Father, The Little Things, and Superstore.

Runtime: 2:02:52

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 339 – Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

OV339 – Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Fekkes and I discuss the highly anticipated and controversial Snyder Cut of Justice League.

Runtime: 1:52:50

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 338 – Oscars 2021 Nominee Rundown

In this episode, Ben and I discuss this year’s Academy Award nominees. We also celebrate Ben’s recent acceptance into the IFJA.

Runtime: 2:13:43

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 337 – The Last Blockbuster (2020) + South Park Pandemic & Vaccination Specials – Allen & Farrow, The Great North, The Mandalorian, Snyder Cut Reviews, and WandaVision

OV337 – The Last Blockbuster (2020) + South Park Pandemic & Vaccination Specials – Allen & Farrow, The Great North, The Mandalorian, Snyder Cut Reviews, and WandaVision The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Fekkes and I review the new documentary The Last Blockbuster and discuss the two South Park specials.

Runtime: 1:22:40

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 336 – WandaVision – Guest: Dustin Mattingly of As Good As It Gets

OV336 – WandaVision – Guest: Dustin Mattingly of As Good As It Gets The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Mike and I welcome Mike’s band mate, and creative life partner, Dustin Mattingly onto the show to discuss the new MCU show on Disney+, WandaVision.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 116 – OV B-Roll – “Sitcoms We Want to Live In” – Mike Gets Vaccinated, Girl Meets World, Taxi, and Afterlife TV – Mar 11, 2021

Runtime: 1:34:32

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 335 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 7 – Ikiru (1952) and Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) – Lisey’s Story on AppleTV+, Malcolm & Marie (2021), The Outsider, and Grown Ups 2 (2013)

OV335 – Ebert's Great Movies Part 7 – Ikiru (1952) and Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) – Lisey's Story on AppleTV+, Malcolm & Marie (2021), The Outsider, and Grown Ups 2 (2013) The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Ben and I continue our series reviewing the films from Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list. In this edition, we cover Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, and Agnes Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 113 – OV B-Roll – “Ben v Fireworks” – The Twilight Zone, Oscar Nominee Predictions, and Streaming Service Hypothetical – Feb 23, 2021

Runtime: 1:47:17

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 334 – 2021 Golden Globe Nominees + Interview with The Swerve filmmaker Dean Kapsalis

OV334 – 2021 Golden Globe Nominees + Interview with The Swerve filmmaker Dean Kapsalis The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Ben and I share our thoughts on the 2021 Golden Globe nominations and chat with Dean Kapsalis, whose cerebral character-driven psychological thriller The Swerve is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 109 – OV B-Roll – “Teasing Out the Taffy” – Top 5 Favorite Songs, Motion City Soundtrack, Blink 182, The Wallflowers, Band of Horses, Barenaked Ladies, Eagle-Eye Cherry, and Fastball – Jan 28, 2021

Runtime: 1:42:54

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 333 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 6 – Yojimbo (1961) and Le Samourai (1967) – Tenet (2020), Dazed and Confused (1993), Alex Garland’s Men, and Master of None Season 3 Announced

OV333 – Ebert's Great Movies Part 6 – Yojimbo (1961) and Le Samourai (1967) – Tenet (2020), Dazed and Confused (1993), Alex Garland's Men, and Master of None Season 3 Announced The Obsessive Viewer – Weekly Movie/TV Review & Discussion Podcast

In this episode, Ben and I continue our journey through Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list with reviews of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961) and Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai (1967). We also discuss Tenet, Dazed and Confused, the latest news regarding Master of None season 3, and more.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 108 – OV B-Roll – “Julanuary 19th” – Last Movie of the Trump Administration, Pet Sematary and The Dead Zone, Books About Filmmakers – Jan 19, 2020

Runtime: 1:53:03

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 332 – 2020 Year in Review – Best Movies of the Year and Viewing Stats

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OV332 – 2020 Year in Review – Best Movies of the Year and Viewing Stats

2020 is finally over and we’re here with The Obsessive Viewer’s 2020 Year in Review episode! It’s our annual episode where Tiny, Mike, and myself share our movie viewing stats for the year and our top ten favorite movies lists. So join us as we bid adieu to the shit storm that was 2020 and hope for a better 2021.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 107 – OV B-Roll – “Wedgie Having, Candy-Free Nose Pickers” – VR Troopers, NYE 2020, New Line Etiquette, and Our Life Narrators – Jan 21, 2020

Runtime: 3:09:34

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Movie Review: The Lie (2020)

Premise: A father and daughter are on their way to dance camp when they spot the girl’s best friend on the side of the road. When they stop to offer the friend a ride, their good intentions soon result in terrible consequences.

Welcome to the Blumhouse. Based on a 2015 German film, Canadian thriller The Lie begins with Kayla (Joey King) killing her best friend Britney en route to a ballet retreat. Kayla’s father Jay (Peter Sarsgaard) decides to help cover up the crime and soon thereafter Kayla’s mother (and Jay’s ex-wife) Rebecca (Mireille Enos) is brought into the fold. Together the estranged family must protect Kayla from the authorities and Britney’s father (Cas Anvar), whose mounting frustration with the lack of answers as to the whereabouts of Britney becomes more and more threatening.
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Movie Review: The Midnight Sky (2020)

Premise: This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, The Midnight Sky, tells of a world evacuated and a dying man keeping the light on to notify the last remnants of humanity. Unfortunately, what could have been a thought-provoking exploration of regret and isolation ultimately turns into a piecemeal rehash of genre and wilderness survival elements that were done much better in the films from which Clooney draws inspiration. He forsakes exposition in favor of needless ambiguity that leads to a payoff lacking the emotional resonance the film desperately needs. What’s left is a hollow and joyless expedition into the last days of Earth that’s devoid of any real intrigue.
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