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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Beyond Measure (2014)

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  • Documentary Feature / USA
  • Director: Vicki Abeles
  • Writers: Vicki Abeles, Jeffrey Friedman, Mitzi Mock
  • Featured Subjects: Sir Ken Robinson, Linda Darling Hammond, Yong Zhao, Daniel Pink, Ron Berger

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.

Beyond Measure is Vicki Abeles‘ followup to her 2010 documentary Race to Nowhere. While her last film examined the pressure-filled lives of overworked students, Beyond Measure spotlights alternative learning methods created by students and faculty across the country to combat the outdated data-driven methods. Continue reading

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HIFF2015: Shorts Program 11 – This, That, and the Other

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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.

Unlike the Sci-Fi and Art Appreciation shorts, This, That, and the Other didn’t have a clearly defined theme. As such this block of short films included 7 varied and unique films. Read my thoughts on each of the short films below.
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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Monty Python and the Meaning of Live (2014)

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  • Documentary Feature / UK
  • Director: Roger Graef, James Rogan
  • Writers: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
  • Featured Subjects: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

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 July of 2014, the comedy geniuses of Monty Python reunited for a final ten show performance at The O2 in London. Monty Python and the Meaning of Live is an intimate look behind the scenes of that performance as well as a celebration of Monty Python and the incredible influence that the group had on comedy.

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HIFF2015: Movie Review – The 33 (2015)

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  • Narrative Feature / Special Presentation / USA
  • Director: Patricia Riggen
  • Writers: Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten, Jose Rivera, Michael Thomas, Hector Tobar

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.

Patricia Riggen‘s The 33 recounts the harrowing 2010 story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days in the San José Mine in the Atacama Desert near Copiapó, Chile. The film spends equal time between the turmoil within the mine and the efforts above ground to rescue the miners.   Continue reading

Movie Review: No Escape (2015)

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No Escape pits Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two young daughters (Claire Geare and Sterling Jerins) in the middle of a coup soon after the family moves to their new Asian home. When chaos reigns in the streets, and foreigners are brutally executed, the family must overcome unbelievable odds to ensure their safety.

The opening scene of the movie shows a diplomatic summit from the perspective of a guard. We watch as a waiter carries drinks to the officials speaking after the guard tests them presumably for poison. Knowing the premise of the movie, you expect a certain resolution to this sequence but the movie utilizes misdirection to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Indy Film Fest 2015: Closing Night Film Review – Wildlike (2014)

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Wildlike was the closing film of 2015’s Indy Film Fest on July 25th. You can find more of ObsessiveViewer.com’s coverage of the festival here.

Following the death of her father, troubled teenager Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is sent to Juneau, Alaska to stay with her uncle (Brian Geraghty) while her mother works out some of her own issues. When her uncle’s home proves not to be safe for Mackenzie, she goes on the run. While trying to survive on her own and evading detection, she crosses paths with Rene Bartlett (Bruce Greenwood), a man with his own troubles on a private quest for peace. Continue reading

MCU Review: Part 16 – Ant-Man (2015)

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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 Ant-Man.

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Indy Film Fest 2015: Movie Review – Mistress America (2015)

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I watched Mistress America as part of 2015’s Indy Film Fest at The Toby in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. You can find more of ObsessiveViewer.com’s coverage of the festival here.

Mistress America is the latest comedy from Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, While We’re Young, Frances Ha) and stars Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote the script. The movie is about Tracy (Lola Kirke) a college freshman that forms a bond with her older, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister Brooke (Greta Gerwig) after being rejected from her school’s literary society. Continue reading

MCU Review: Part 2 – The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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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 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Continue reading