Premise: Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.
Escape Room was a fairly decent thriller for about 2/3s of its runtime. For the other 3rd, it was pretty rote with underdeveloped characters, derivative set pieces, and an ending that felt like a first draft fever dream.
Premise: Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.
I can’t remember the last time I was so invested in 2/3s of a movie only to find myself struggling so hard to hold my interest in its final act. But such is the life of the audience member of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. As harsh as it may sound, there’s no denying that Shyamalan is one divisive and mercurial filmmaker. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs were all fantastic films in my opinion, and The Village was solid. But we had to suffer through the likes of The Lady in the Water, The Happening, and The Visit before he turned things around with Split in 2017.
Premise: Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
When I sat down to rewatch Split, the thing I was most curious about was if the surprise ending was what made the movie great in my mind or if it would stand on its own without that shock factor inflating a subpar or mediocre opinion.
Premise: An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead—and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his bones as fragile as glass.
It may be easy to forget that M. Night Shyamalan’s follow up to his breakout hit The Sixth Sense came at a time when the vast majority of comic book movies were poorly made garbage to sell merchandise. But before Christopher Nolan really changed the game with The Dark Knight Trilogy, Shyamalan made a grounded comic book movie that was, at its heart, a love letter to comic books themselves and the storytelling within that medium. Underappreciated in its own time, Unbreakable went onto attain cult status and still holds up to repeat viewings to this day.
Premise: Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.
I went into Free Solo wondering what could possibly possess a person to climb anything without ropes or harnesses. It is a lifestyle that I am so far away from, I simply can’t fathom it. And right off the bat, the documentary addresses this question in the form of an interview that Free Solo‘s subject, Alex Honnold, was in on television. His rationale is that anyone can die at any time, what difference does it make if you’re thousands of feet in the air with only a fingernail’s worth of space keeping you from plummeting?
Premise: A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.
The Upside is a pretty middle of the road comedy that’s fairly inoffensive, if unimaginative in its execution. It’s a remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables. It premiered at TIFF in 2017 and finally got a wide theatrical release now in 2019.
In this bonus episode, Mike and I review the new horror/thriller movie, Escape Room. We also talk about Mike’s latest milestone in his long-running Movie Night tradition, amateur film criticism, and then we end the episode with a bunch of tangents.
Happy 2019 and welcome to The Obsessive Viewer’s2018 Year in Review episode! It’s our annual episode where Tiny, Mike, and myself share our movie viewing stats for the year, our top ten favorite movies list, and otherwise just nerd out about our year in movies and life! So buckle in and prepare yourself for the episode we always looking forward to and enjoy!
In our final episode of 2018, Tiny and I review the new Alfonso Cuaron movie, Roma. Then, in our potpourri segment, I share my thoughts on the coming of age movie, All Summers End and season 2 of Big Mouth while Tiny shares his thoughts on The Ranch season 5.
In this bonus episode, Fekkes and I review the new DCEU movie, Aquaman, determine it’s place within the DCEU, and discuss the future of DC movies. We also talk about the insanely bizarre Kevin Spacey YouTube video, “Let Me Be Frank” that was posted on Christmas Eve, discuss Star Wars Episode IX news, and I share my thoughts on the Netflix doc The American Meme.
This week, Kyrsten and I review the new Robert Zemeckis movie, Welcome to Marwen and then we offer mini-reviews of Bohemian Rhapsody, and Blindspotting. I also share a harrowing theater experience. We also check in with each other on our TV show swap segment LOSTPoint. In this week’s segment, we discuss Flashpoint (S01E02-03 – First in Line & The Element of Surprise) and LOST (S01E02-03 – Pilot Part 2 & Tabula Rosa).
This week, Mike and I review Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mandy (as a special Patreon Review). We also discuss A-List and Letterboxd (as per usual), and Mike’s Ten Years of Shock list. For potpourri, we rapid-fire talk Creed II, Hereditary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Cam, Silent Night Deadly Night, The Mule, and Cheap Thrills.
This week, Fekkes and I go in depth with our review of the latest Wizarding World movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In Potpourri, we talk about the documentary Finders Keepers, Creed II, and Instant Family.
This week, Kyrsten and I discuss the movies we’ve watched recently in the theater. Movies we discuss include Widows, Overlord, A Star is Born, and First Man. We also began our TV show swap project tentatively titled “Matt Introduces Kyrsten to the Best TV Show and Kyrsten Shows Matt a TV Show.” In this week’s segment, we watch and discuss Flashpoint (S01E01 – Scorpio) and Lost (S01E01 – Pilot Part 1).
I can't remember the last time I was so invested in 2/3s of a movie only to find myself struggling so hard to hold my interest in its final act. But such is the life of the audience member of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. As harsh as it may sound, there's no denying that Shyamalan is one divisive and mercurial filmmaker. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable […]
Split holds up very well. I was concerned that my fondness for it was based solely on the ending. Fortunately, I was invested in the story and really stunned by McAvoy's performance. He was incredible. My full review can be found on ObsessiveViewer.com.
David's arc through the movie and how it impacts his home life shows Night's growth as a storyteller when compared to the troubled marriage subplot of The Sixth Sense. In that movie, Bruce Willis' character is coming to terms with himself and his relationship in a different way. The problem is that the subplot was 100 percent pigeonholed by th […]
The Upside is a pretty middle of the road comedy that's fairly inoffensive, if unimaginative in its execution. It's a remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables. It premiered at TIFF in 2017 and finally got a wide theatrical release now in 2019. I haven't seen The Intouchables, so I can't compare the two. But The Upside is hard to na […]
I went into Free Solo wondering what could possibly possess a person to climb anything without ropes or harnesses. It is a lifestyle that I am so far away from, I simply can't fathom it. And right off the bat, the documentary addresses this question in the form of an interview that Free Solo's subject, Alex Honnold, was in on television. His ration […]