Tiny had a really impressive movie watching year in 2014 and to commemorate it, he wrote a massive blog post about it. Here it is in all its glory. Of course, be sure to follow Tiny on Twitter @ObsessiveTiny and check out his side project podcast: The Secular Perspective.
– Matt (@ObsessiveViewer)
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Tagged Blue Ruin, I Frankenstein, Interstellar, Nightcrawler, The Dark Knight, the monuments men, Tiny, Year in Review
Here’s Mike’s 2014 Best and Worst movies lists. Check back later in the week for a full podcast discussion of this list and my and Tiny’s stats and lists as well. Also, follow Mike on Twitter @IAmMikeWhite and also check out his band (and download their EP for free!) at http://asgoodasitgetsband.bandcamp.com/.
– Matt (@ObsessiveViewer) Continue reading
Adaptations & Remakes is an ongoing feature where I (or in this case, my friend Mike) take a movie or a book and compare it to its remake and/or adaptation. Each post follows the same basic format:
- General plot overview/source material
- Original movie/first adaptation
- How I would adapt and/or remake it.
- How they adapted/remade it
And don’t forget, you can follow around the internet with the links below.
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Tagged adaptation, Adaptations and Remakes, An Imperial Affliction, Ansel Elgort, Augustus Waters, Divergent, Fault in our stars, Hazel Grace Lancaster, hunger games, john green, josh boone, Laura Dern, Obsessive Book Nerd, Okay, Shailene Woodley, Twilight, Willem Dafoe
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had plenty going against it before it opened last Friday, May 2nd. (Early showings started around 8 on Thursday.) Early reviews were lukewarm at best. Rumors of too many villains bogging down the film were strong, and incessant trailers and TV spots seemed to leave very few surprises. More than anything, ASM 2 absolutely needed to improve upon director Marc Webb’s first Spidey outing, 2012’s even-less-than-lukewarm reboot. Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t need to be amazing (it’s not,) it simply needed to be better (it is.) Continue reading
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Tagged Andrew Garfield, aunt may, Buy it Full Price, comic book, comic book movies, comics, dane dehaan, death, electro, emma stone, green goblin, gwen stacy, harry osborn, jamie foxx, kirsten dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Giamatti, peter parker, rhino, Sam Raimi, Sequel, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Tobey Maguire
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Director: Michael Bay
Written By: Ehren Kruger
Transformers: Age of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing and T.J. Miller.
“Guys, where did all the (Bumble)bees go?”
What is there really to say about the new Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer? Continue reading
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Tagged Age of Extinction, Autobots, Bumblebee, Dark of the Moon, Decepticons, Dinobots, Duke, Ehren kruger, Grimlock, Kelsey Grammer, Mark Wahlberg, Megatron, Michael Bay, nicola peltz, Optimus Prime, paramount, Revenge of the Fallen, Sequel, Shia Lebeouf, Sophia Myles, stanley tucci, Strafe, Swoop, T.J. Miller, trans4mers, Transformers
This one stings.
I texted a friend Tuesday about the death of comedy legend Harold Ramis, his response struck a chord: “One day all the greats will be gone, bums me out,” he said, and I couldn’t agree more. Harold Ramis really was one of the greats. Personally, I revered Ramis. So much of his work has spots on my favorites lists. Vacation, directed by Ramis, is a top five movie for me. Caddyshack, also directed by Ramis, is a comedy classic, and Ghostbusters, in which Ramis starred as Egon Spangler, was a huge part of my childhood.
Listen to us discuss our favorite and least favorite movies from 2013 on The Obsessive Viewer Podcast
We survived the 2012 end of days! It’s really a miracle that we got to see any movies in 2013, right? Let alone 20 movies ABOUT THE APOCALYPSE!
In keeping with the great tradition (check out Matt and Tiny’s posts earlier today), here are my top ten movies of the year. They aren’t necessarily the BEST movies of the year, and that’s intentional. Best of the year list tend to be similar, and have very few surprises. So while you’ll find a few movies on this list that aren’t surprising at all, I like to think that my list has a combination of consensus with the critics and going against the grain. They might not be the best, but these are my Top Ten Favorite Movies of 2013.
Posted in 2013, Mike White, Movies, Obsessive Friends
Tagged 12 Years a Slave, 2013, About Time, Best movies of 2013, bill nighy, Channing Tatum, Domhnall Gleeson, Fruitvale Station, Gravity, Hugh Jackman, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Joe Swanberg, Mike, Movies, Oblivion, Prisoners, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Conjuring, the impossible, the way Way Back, This is the End, Tom Cruise, we're the millers, World War Z, You’re Next
Listen to us discuss our favorite and least favorite movies from 2013 on The Obsessive Viewer Podcast
I watched a few movies in 2013. 320 to be exact! Yeah! I’m happy with that. (Matt is a dick for beating me by 5!). It was a really good movie-watching year for me. This blog and podcast that Matt, Mike and I do is about movies and TV, but for me, the greater of the two is movies. A lot of the TV I watch is escapism. It’s fun to dive into shows and get lost in their worlds. TV is sort of an outlet for me. However, watching a movie is more like a calling. I feel at peace. Not to say I never escape into a movie, but I treat it more like a relationship.
So I’m almost always more excited about the film side of our little endeavor here. Ironically some of my favorite episodes of ours are the TV ones, but I feel like I have a better knack for analyzing, critiquing and enjoying films. So I inevitably lean towards that side of our podcast and blog, and I’m excited to break down my 2013 Year in Movies publicly. Continue reading
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Tagged 12 Years a Slave, 2013, Best movies of 2013, Blue Valentine, Brad Pitt, Derek Cianfrance, Halloween 3, Jack Reacher, Lee Child, Max Brooks, Movie Tracking, Movies, Obsessive Friends, Oskar Schindler, Schindler's List, Season of the Witch, Statistics, Stats, Steve McQueen, The Place Beyond The Pines, Tiny, Tom Cruise, World War Z, Worst Movies of 2013
Release Date: May 2, 2014
Director: Marc Webb
Written By: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinker (Screenplay) and James Vanderbilt (story)
As promised, today the Obsessive Viewer gives you a special Thursday edition of Trailer Tuesday: The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
So…spoiler alert…I guess. Continue reading
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Tagged amazing, amazing spider-man 2, Andrew Garfield, Chris Cooper, dane dehaan, easter eggs, electro, emma stone, goblin, green goblin, gwen stacy, jamie foxx, marc webb, oscorp, Paul Giamatti, rhino, Roberto Orci, Sam Raimi, Sequel, sinister six, Spider-Man, Teaser, trailer
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Director: Bryan Singer
Written By: Simon Kinberg (screenplay and story), Matthew Vaughn (story) & Jane Goldman (story)
This summer the two studios which own rights to Marvel characters and aren’t named Marvel will duke it out at the box office. Sony will release the hotly anticipated (and lately scrutinized) Amazing Spider-Man 2. Without a major Marvel studios release, the only competition for Amazing 2 will be Bryan Singer’s return to the helm of the X-Men franchise in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Early excitement would indicate DoFP is the more likely to win the superhero box office battle this summer.
Note: Come back Thursday for a special Thursday edition of Trailer Tuesday for the release of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer. Continue reading
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Posted in Movies, Netflix, Obsessive Friends, Streaming Saturday, Tiny
Tagged Adam Scott, Alex Frost, Brittany snow, I Love You, J.K. Simmons, Juno, Man, Nicholas Sparks, oz, Parks and Recreation, Sid and Nancy, Step Brothers, The Music Never Stopped, The Notebook, The Vicious Kind
Posted in Horror, Mike White, Movies, Trailer Tuesday
Tagged A Haunted House, A haunted house 2, Cedric the Entertainer, Conjuring, Essence Adkins, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, horror movie, Jaime Pressly, Marlon Wayans, Michael Tiddes, movie trailer, Open Road Films, Parody, rick alvarez, Scary Movie, Sequel, Sinister, Spoof, The Conjuring, Trailer Tuesday, Wayans brothers
Set in Earth’s future, young Ender Wiggin is trained and groomed to become the leader of Earth’s military attack against the alien “Buggers.” Ender is put through a series of tests that include several intense battles in zero gravity rooms. Ender’s final test is to display his tactical genius in a simulation against the Buggers, but is it really just a game? Writer’s note: Ender’s Game has been published in several different editions with more covers than I can count. The picture above is the version of the cover of the Ender’s Game book that I read. Continue reading
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Tagged Abigail Breslin, Adaptations, Adaptations & Remakes, Aliens, Aramis Knight, Asa Butterfield, Battle School, Ben Kingsley, Ender Wiggin, Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Gavin Hood, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Hyrum Graff, International Fleet, Jax Pinchak, Mazer Rackham, Mike White, Obsessive Friends, Orson Scott Card, sci-fi, Star Wars, Viola Davis
My friends and I have been dedicating the month of October to the horror genre and calling it Shocktober for several years now. I started this blog in February and from the start I was excited about sharing my Shocktober experience with anyone and everyone.
I have been saying for a while that this year has to make up for last year’s abysmal performance. I had it in my mind that I barely watched anything last year. As it turns out, I was 27 movies last year. Not all of them were Shocktober movies, but I had been working under the assumption that I had maybe 10 or 11 viewings total last year.
It’s all for the best because this year was the second best Shocktober I’ve ever had. While I didn’t beat my record of 57 viewings in 2011, I did come close with a very respectable 52 viewings. I’m also proud to say that only 3 of those viewings weren’t Shocktober movies. Continue reading
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Tagged 1978, Alfonso Cuarón, all hallow's eve, Apollo 18, blu-ray, Gravity, Halloween, Halloween 3, Halloween 35th Anniversary, House at the End of the Street, Indianapolis, Indie Lounge, Jason X, jennifer lawrence, John Carpenter, Keystone Art, Max Brooks, Michael Dougherty, Michael Myers, Mike, Month in Movies, Monthly Roundup, Netflix, Obsessive Friends, Satan's Little Helper, Season of the Witch, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013, The American Scream, The Awakening, The Collector, The Loved Ones, The Thing, theater, Tiny, trick r Treat, World War Z
Promiscuous teenagers fall prey to a deranged killer at Camp Crystal Lake. Continue reading
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Tagged Adaptations & Remakes, Camp Crystal Lake, Friday the 13th, Horror, horror movies, Jason Voorhees, Marcus Nispel, Remake, Remakes, Roger Ebert, Sean S. Cunningham, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013