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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 389 – Knock at the Cabin (2023) & You People (2023) – The Big Racket (1976) and Stone Cold (1991) – Guest: Nick Rogers (Midwest Film Journal)

In this episode, I welcome my friend Nick Rogers (from MidwestFilmJournal.com) onto the show to review M. Night Shyamalan’s new film, Knock at the Cabin and the new Netflix comedy, You People. For potpourri, Nick shares his thoughts on 1976’s The Big Racket while I unveil my Chain Link Viewing Project and share my thoughts on 1991’s Stone Cold.

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My Top Ten Movies of 2022 and Thoughts on the Year

Well, 2022 is coming to a close and we’re about to usher in a new year. I have no doubt 2023 will be a big year for movies but it will especially big for The Obsessive Viewer since this little corner of the internet will be turning 10 years old in February (with the podcast turning 10 in June). So before I send off 2022 with a bunch of words about stuff I watched and enjoyed, I want to take this moment to thank anyone and everyone reading this for taking the time to read what I write and/or listen to what I record. It’s much appreciated and I’m looking forward to doing this through 2023 and beyond.

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Movie Review: Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

It would have been naive to think James Cameron’s storytelling abilities would have changed for the better in the 13 year span between the first two Avatar films. There’s no denying that Cameron is responsible for some of film’s biggest and most innovative titles. Since Avatar is his passion project and Pandora is where he’s looking to park himself for the remainder of his career, it’s simply mind-boggling that this (and 2009’s Avatar) is the best he can muster.

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Movie Review: Windfall (2022)

There’s a slight crisis of identity to the tone and pacing of Windfall, overall. The weighty themes and serious nature of the plot sometimes clash with the almost comic tone of some of the situations that arise. When more serious and immediate developments occur, there’s a bit of whiplash for the audience as we’ve moved into a more conventional thriller from the semi-absurd plot in which Windfall feels the most at home.

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Movie Review: Clerks III (2022)

There was once some charm to the idea of Smith revisiting the Clerks universe every decade or so to check in with the characters as he (and they) reach certain milestones of aging. However romantic as that notion was at the end of Clerks II, Clerks III obliterates it and ensures that Smith will likely never return to this series. Following the abysmal showing here and in 2019’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which suffered the same nostalgic callback issues as Clerks III, it’s just as unlikely that this reviewer will be persuaded to give Smith’s future work much, if any, attention.