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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Superior (2015)

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  • Narrative Feature / USA
  • Director: Edd Benda
  • Writer: Edd Benda
  • Cast: Paul Stanko, Thatcher Robinson

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

In Superior, best friends Charlie and Derek set out on a two-week long bike ride around Lake Superior in the summer of 1969. The pair are weeks away from going their separate ways (college for Charlie and Vietnam for Derek), and they’re determined to make their final adventure count. Continue reading

HIFF2015: Movie Review – The Ambassador to Bern (2014)

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  • Narrative Feature / Hungary
  • Director: Attila Szász
  • Writer: Norbert Köbli

This review is part of my coverage of 2015’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Click here for more of my coverage of the festival. You can find my coverage of other Indianapolis area film and TV events here.

The Ambassador to Bern is a dramatic retelling of an incident that occurred in the aftermath of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. On August 16th, 1958, two Hungarian immigrants broke into the Hungarian embassy in Bern and took the ambassador hostage at gunpoint. This film tells a version or the story that happened on that day.

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Movie Review: Sicario (2015)

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In Denis Villeneuve‘s latest movie Sicario, Emily Blunt plays Kate, an idealistic FBI agent recruited to an interagency task force working to take down a drug cartel on the US/Mexico border. As the task force moves closer to the objective, Kate begins to question the tactics they use and her purpose within the unit. Continue reading

MCU Review: Part 3 – Iron Man 2 (2010)

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In what could be the biggest review series in the history of Obsessive Viewer, I’m committing myself to reviewing all the movies and shows in Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe. You can find an index of my MCU reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of 2010’s Iron Man 2. Continue reading

Movie Review: Jurassic World (2015)

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Jurassic Park was released at the perfect time in my life. It was 1993, I was just about to turn 7 years old and I had a toy T-Rex I carried with me everywhere. (His name was Mikey). Seeing Spielberg and his team bring to life these almost mythical creatures was a defining moment in my young movie-going life.

What made Jurassic Park timeless however was that, at its heart, it was the story of how Dr. Grant’s opinion of children evolves when thrust into his role as a protector. It was about John Hammond’s charisma in selling this crazy idea. It was about innovation and it inspired a generation of young moviegoers by populating the story with scientists and dialogue that didn’t shy from the scientific and moral implications of the park’s very existence. Continue reading

Movie Review: Stretch (2014)

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Stretch, from director Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team), is a fun action/thriller comedy starring Patrick Wilson. Stretch (Wilson) is a down on his luck aspiring actor/limo driver who suddenly finds himself having to pay his bookie $6000 by midnight. In the hope that he’ll be tipped enough to cover the debt in time, Stretch takes a job chauffeuring an eccentric billionaire (Chris Pine, in an uncredited role) on a crazy, drug-fueled adventure through Los Angeles.

The plot has a few more moving parts than that but Stretch is essentially about its title character being thrust into a surreal situation filled with silly danger and over the top characters. It works well thanks to Wilson’s acting and an entertaining script. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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With the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (formerly subtitled There and Back Again), Peter Jackson has completed his journey into Middle Earth. I’ve seen five out of the six installments in the theater and double dipped on owning the Lord of the Rings extended editions when they were released on blu-ray. While Jackson won’t rule out more Tolkien movies, I really do hope he calls it a day and lets Middle Earth rest on these six movies.  Continue reading