Author Archives: Matt Hurt

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

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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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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 331 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 5 – JFK (1991) & Mulholland Drive (2001) – Elliot Page, Warner Bros Movies on HBOMax

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OV331 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 5 – JFK (1991) & Mulholland Drive (2001) – Elliot Page, Warner Bros Movies on HBOMax

In this episode, Ben and I continue our journey through Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list with reviews of Oliver Stone’s JFK (1991) and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001). We also discuss the recent Elliot Page news and the surprising news regarding Warner Bros and HBOMax.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 102 – OV B-Roll – “Mister Sir” – Marathons, Movies We’d Screen in Theaters, Tepid Tenet Expectations, Private Screenings – Dec 3, 2020

Runtime: 2:19:48

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Movie Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Premise: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues”. Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play.

Adapted from August Wilson’s play of the same name, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has the energy of watching a stage production that’s morphed effortlessly onto film. This isn’t an easy accomplishment by any stretch and the fact that it’s pulled off so brilliantly here is a testament to George C Wolfe’s direction and overall vision for the film. The way the camera swings through sharp and incisive dialogue spoken between multiple characters in a green room gives the film a fluidity that can only be matched by seeing a stage performance. The camera commandeers the drama and makes it feel like the film itself is a ride through the interpersonal spats and ambitions of the characters without letting up. In terms of pacing, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is spectacular.
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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 330 – Love and Monsters (2020) – Songbird trailer, I Think You Should Leave, Aunty Donna, The Return of LOSTPoint

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OV330 – Love and Monsters (2020) – Songbird trailer, I Think You Should Leave, Aunty Donna, The Return of LOSTPoint

In this episode, Kyrsten and I review the new monster-pocalypse Dylan O’Brien film, Love and Monsters! We also catch up on some things we’ve been watching, discuss the potential tastelessness of the upcoming COVID-themed thriller, Songbird, and finally return to our LOSTPoint series where we watch episodes of LOST and the Canadian police show Flashpoint.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 099 – OV B-Roll – “Matt’s Ice Cream & Hot Chocolate Buffet and Kitty Emporium” – Trump’s Ghost Campaign, Restaurants in 2020, Hard Candy, and True Crime Podcasts – Nov 15, 2020

Runtime: 1:52:12

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 329 – The Friday the 13th Franchise (1980-2009)

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OV329 – The Friday the 13th Franchise (1980-2009)

In honor of Mike’s birthday coinciding with Friday the 13th, he and I cracked open the new Scream Factory Friday the 13th blu-ray collection and shared our thoughts on the franchise title by title.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 098 – OV B-Roll – “The Erosion of Truth” – Liberal Patreon Tiers, Mike’s Band’s Patreon, The Haunting of Bly Manor – Nov 9, 2020

Runtime: 2:39:27

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 328 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 4: Rear Window (1954) & Vertigo (1958) – Heartland Film Fest Hitchcock Night, Awards Season 2020, Picture Character, Sophie Jones, and The Outside Story

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OV328 – Ebert’s Great Movies Part 4: Rear Window (1954) & Vertigo (1958) – Heartland Film Fest Hitchcock Night, Awards Season 2020, Picture Character, Sophie Jones, and The Outside Story

In this episode, Ben and I continue our journey through Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list with a special Heartland Film Festival edition of our review series. We discuss two Hitchcock films on the list that were part of Heartland’s lineup of special drive-in screenings. First, we review 1954’s Rear Window and then follow it with 1958’s Vertigo.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 096 – OV B-Roll – “Carving Out Time to B Positive” – Criterion Shopping, Patreon Restructuring, Time (2020), B Positive, TV Homes – Nov 10, 2020

Runtime: 1:33:29

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 327 – HIFF2020: 76 Days (2020), In Case of Emergency (2020), Belly of the Beast (2020), and When My Time Comes (2020)

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OV327 – HIFF2020: 76 Days (2020), In Case of Emergency (2020), Belly of the Beast (2020), and When My Time Comes (2020)

Recorded October 15, 2020: In this episode, Tiny and I review some of the stuff we watched at the 29th Annual Heartland Film Festival! We covered the documentaries 76 Days, In Case of Emergency, Belly of the Beast, and When My Time Comes. We also touch on The Comey Rule, All In: The Fight for Democracy, and more.

This week’s stinger comes from our Patreon-exclusive recording: 095 – OV B-Roll – “I Real Good Kitty” – Friday the 13th, Kyle Rittenhouse, Gun Rights, Trick ‘r Treat, Halloween(x3), Apostle, and Drive in Movies – Oct 15, 2020

Runtime: 1:17:52

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Movie Review: Fail Safe (1964)

Fail Safe (1964)

Premise: A technical malfunction sends American planes to Moscow to deliver a nuclear attack. Can all-out war be averted?

Sidney Lumet’s classic political thriller Fail Safe is a masterpiece of tension and horrific verisimilitude. The film boasts a remarkable cast of characters played to wonderful effect by talented actors like Henry Fonda, Fritz Weaver, and Walter Matthau, to name a few. What is most striking (no pun intended) about Fail Safe is the manner in which the events and philosophical debates play out. Fail Safe uses an intense situation as a backdrop to address the fear of communism and “the other” head on. It also works overtime to depict a world where the people in charge of nuclear superpowers are human and fallible creatures. This creates an immersion like no other and a sense of unease that still hits home decades after its release.
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Movie Review: Totally Under Control (2020)

Totally Under Control (2020)

Premise: An in-depth look at how the United States government handled the response to the COVID-19 outbreak during the early months of the pandemic.

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney’s “shot in secret” film about the Trump administration’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps one of the most important documentaries to come out in the months since the outbreak and the weeks before the 2020 election. Totally Under Control does not aim to present a clear Republicans vs Democrats narrative of the way the US bungled its pandemic response. Instead, Gibney and his team present a compelling and infuriating view of Donald Trump’s antagonistic relationship to science. Totally Under Control paints a vivid picture of how the anti-science views of the Trump administration has contributed to the deaths of over 214,000 Americans and climbing. Continue reading

HIFF2020: 76 Days (2020)

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4 stars

76 Days (2020)

Documentary Feature/Finalist
Director: Hao Wu, Weixi Chen, Anonymous
Screenwriter: Hao Wu
Producers: Hao Wu, Jean Tsien
Executive Producers: Bryn Mooser, Roberto Grande, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Naja Pham Lockwood

Premise: On January 23rd, 2020, China locked down Wuhan, a city of 11 million, to combat the emerging COVID-19 outbreak. Set deep inside the frontlines of the crisis, “76 Days” tells indelible human stories of the healthcare workers and patients who struggle to survive the pandemic with resilience and dignity.

As we live through a crisis that seems to only be exacerbated by misinformation and vitriolic political spats spilling out from social media and onto the streets, it is far too easy to lose perspective. Fortunately, 76 Days provides perspective a lot of people desperately need in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a harrowing documentary that will refocus your attention past the asinine entitlement of anti-maskers and the ludicrously dangerous contingent of Americans who cry hoax at every mention of the disease that has killed over 214,000 Americans as of this writing. What 76 Days achieves through its fly on the wall documenting is to put human faces on the superheroic actions of healthcare workers. It does so with dignity and grace as we watch medical staff in a Wuhan hospital try to stem the flood of horror at their doorstep and the emotional toll it takes on them.
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