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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Three Windows and a Hanging (2014)

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  • Narrative Feature / Festival Award Winner / Kosovo, Germany
  • Director: Isa Qosja
  • Writer: Zymber Kelmendi

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.

Isa Qosja‘s Three Windows and a Hanging is an emotionally jarring look into the patriarchal society of a Kosovo village rebuilding after war ravaged their community and its people. When school teacher Lushe tells a reporter that she and three other women from the village were raped by Serbian troops, the male villagers react.
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HIFF2015: Movie Review – Peace Officer (2015)

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  • Documentary Feature / USA
  • Directors: Scott Christopherson, Brandon Barber

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.

Peace Officer is a powerful documentary examining the escalating militarization of police forces that’s been an increasing fixture in the US since the 1960s. The documentary is framed through the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff in Utah whose son-in-law was shot and killed by SWAT officers following a standoff in 2008. The event spurred Dub (who established his county’s first SWAT team while he was sheriff) into an investigation of his own and eventually leading him to confront the hard truth about the state of law enforcement today. Continue reading

Trek Review – 02 – Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2

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Welcome to the latest installment of what will be a lengthy ongoing series of reviews on ObsessiveViewer.com.

Throughout my life, one of the largest gaps in my love of television (and frequent flirtation with science fiction) has been Star Trek. Now, by the grace of Netflix, I’m rectifying that injustice. My plan is to watch everything Star Trek related by the 50th anniversary on September 8th, 2016.

718 television episodes, 13 movies, a projected 45 reviews, and 1 Obsessive Viewer. Let’s get started. Continue reading

Movie Review: Ex Machina (2015)

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Alex Garland is responsible for writing two of my favorite movies in the last fifteen years. 28 Days Later and Sunshine were both collaborations between Garland and director Danny Boyle that told thought-provoking stories about humanity’s flaws and its willpower in a familiar but somehow original sci-fi or horror premise. Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina follows this trend and leaves a lot for the viewer to ponder.

After Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to work alongside Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the head of a Google-like empire, he discovers the man’s true reason for calling upon the young programmer. Nathan has created an artificial intelligence named Ava (Alicia Vikander) and Caleb is tasked with evaluating the machine’s consciousness. However, nothing is quite as it seems. Continue reading

MCU Review: Part 6 – Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

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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 2012’s The Avengers. Continue reading

MCU Review: Part 1 – Iron Man (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 Iron Man. Continue reading

Netflix Review: Bloodline – Season 1

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In Netflix’s latest original series Bloodline, the Rayburns are a well-respected affluent family in the Florida Keys thanks to the inn and charter business started by patriarch Robert (Sam Shepard) and matriarch Sally (Sissy Spacek). But when the family’s black sheep son Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) comes home for a ceremony honoring his father, his return threatens to destroy the peaceful balance his siblings and parents have worked toward. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Theory of Everything (2014)

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In The Theory of Everything, director James Marsh paints a gripping and beautiful portrait of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his relationship with wife Jane (Felicity Jones). The movie chronicles the pair’s relationship from its beginning and into the present day, charting the toll that Hawking’s amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) takes on their marriage. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Skeleton Twins (2014)

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“I don’t know. Maybe we were doomed from the beginning. I mean, it’s not like dad was Mr. Sunshine. Sometimes I think all our problems came directly from him. But a lot of the good stuff did too. Remember what he always called us? The Gruesome Twosome. He told us to stick together. No matter what. God, what the hell happened to us?”  Continue reading

Decade Reviews – Stray Dog (1949) – Reviewed 6/24/04 & 11/4/14

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A decade ago, I was a teenager in high school. I had my first job at my local movie theater and used my newfound disposable income to get a Netflix subscription.

Over the summer of 2004, 17/18 year old Matt wrote 21 movie reviews and posted them on IMDb. Recently, I dug up these reviews and decided to revisit each movie and evaluate how my tastes have changed over the last decade.

So for each of these posts, I will write a present-day review and then copy/paste the original review after. Then I’ll compare the two and give a summary at the end. You can find all the reviews herefollow me on Twitter here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, lets talk about Stray Dog. Continue reading